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May 8, 2007 - Lake Titicaca & Islands.

We left Cusco for a 6 hour bus to Puno which is on the banks of Lake Titicaca. Theres not much in Puno only a cathedral and a market. Its main purpose being a base to explore Lake Titicaca. We went to see the Uros indians on Tuesday, who live on man made reed islands. It took us about an hour to sail there. They gave us a demonstration on how there islands are made and they baked us some reed bread which was lovely. Also if famillies dont get on they can cut the island in half and float to another part of the lake. After that we sailed for...

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Kevin and Catherine

Jun 7, 2006 - Lake Titicaca

Before starting, just to clear a few things up, Titi means Puma and caca means a grey, stony colour in Queca (native language). Lake Titicaca is bloody massive! I honestly thought it was the ocean until i realised that bolivia was a landlocked country. We spent 2 days in all on the lake, it took 3 hrs to reach our first destination, which was the place we'd spend the night with our new local families. We took gifts of sugar, rice and pasta and in return our family accomodated us for the night and cooked us meals. For some reason the childs...

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Apr 15, 2006 - Lake Titicaca

Hola! So yesterday we disembarked on a 2 day, 1 night adventure onto Lake Titicaca. We visited the floating islands of Uros which was sort of interesting if not completely maintained for our tourist pleasures. Basically they are floating islands made up of harvested reeds in the area. The water is about 25 ft deep and the islands themselves about 2 meters. They were traditionally built to protect the local peoples from the aggressions of the Inca's during their hay day. Interesting stuff. From there we went farther into the lake. Unlike...

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Nov 6, 2005 - Lake Titicaca

Mark - From Cuzco traveled down to Lake Titicaca which straddles the Peruvian/Bolivian border and is the world's highest navigable lake at 3,800m. My first stop on Lake Titicaca was the port town of Puno on the Peru side. In an attempt to save money I got a cheap bus from Cuzco which meant there was no toilet onboard (sin Banos) and no stops for 6 hours (nearly had an accident! - lucky I hadn't been drinking beer beforehand). After an over night stay it was then onto a small boat for a three hour trip (including a short stop at the Islas...

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Sep 22, 2005 - Les îles du Lac Titicaca, le lac le plus haut du monde...

... navigable et habitable !!!! Enfin, on va pouvoir se reposer un peu. Parce que je ne sais pas si t'as vu mais on n'a pas arrêté de bouger ! On part donc le lendemain matin pour notre première île : l'île de Amantani. Ici pas de tourisme à gogo alors on dormira et mangera chez l'habitant. Dans le bateau d'un collectif associatif de l'ile on sympatise avec le capitaine du bateau... c'est chez lui qu'on ira dormir finalement. Pas mal non ? avec petite chambre face au magnifique lac tout bleu dans une maison construite en adobe (tu te...

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Lenalatina 2005

Aug 27, 2005 - Puno - Lake Titicaca

We arrived in Puno at 5:30 a.m. foggy, and a little queasy. We decided to head to the Lake Titicaca - our first stop was Islas Flotantes. The peaceful Uros people fled the violent land hundreds of years ago and set up shop on islands they made out of reeds. Infact, everything is made out of reeds - they eat them too (which doesn't explain the chubby women). Leanna went up a look out tower and realized half way up she wasn't in Kansas anymore. Panting and wheezing - this is what 3,800 metres above sea level feels like. Then, it was off to...

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Chile and Peru 2005

Apr 15, 2005 - Peru - Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is over 240km long and finds itself in both Bolivia and Peru, covering an area of 8,549sqkm. At a height of 3,820m it is amongst the world's highest navigable lakes. Ancient legend has it that the sun was born here and the Inca's believe that their emperor rose from a rock called Titicaca. Firstly we visited the floating reed islands of the Uros people. These islands are made exclusively from the totora reeds which grow in abundance in the lake. The islands were originally built so that the people could isolate themselves...

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Apr 15, 2005 - Titicaca-jarven rannoilla

Koululaiset sukupolvesta toiseen ovat joutuneet opettelemaan, etta Titicaca-jarvi ei ole ainoastaan Etela-Amerikan suurin jarvi, vaan myos maailman suurin yli 2000 metrin korkeudessa sijaitseva jarvi (3820 m). Tama tieto antaa jarvelle jotain tarunomaista hohtoa. Siksi olikin lahes pettymys, etta se nayttaa ihan tavalliselta jarvelta. Ilman ymparoivia vuoria, joista osaa peittaa lumi, voisi melkein kuvitella olevansa Saimaan rannalla :-) Lahdimme kuitenkin parin paivan tutkimusretkelle Titicaca-jarven Perun puoleisille saarille. Vain...

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Mar 3, 2005 - Lake Titicaka

Photos added Nov '05 - all from Rob's slides Up at 3am ready to catch the bus to Copacabana by 3.30am (bus didn`t arrive till 4.15am) - this was all to miss the road blockades scheduled for several days on the altiplano to protest water prices which then developed into a transport strike as well. There were large rocks and logs on the road with a vehicle distance between them but thankfully the bus just made it through in time to miss any strife. By about 7am we had arrived at the shores of Lake Titicaka to take the ride to the opposite...

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