So after Machu Picchu, a bunch of us decided to go to Lake Titicaca because we heard it was super mega ful chevere! We took an overnight bus from Cusco to Puno and arrived at the travel agency at like 5:00am. It was actually really cold, so we all just huddled on the couch under blankets for like two hours until it was time for our tour. Anyway, here’s what went down. Follow the photos:
^ Our first stop was at an artificial island. It’s made from totora, a type of floating cattail reeds, and when they’re all put together, they make a floating island! They have to change the reeds out every two weeks, but it’s pretty sustainable. So the story is: apparently way way way back in the day (like 2000 years ago), the Ayamara people were living with everyone else on the mainland. But then conflicts began and the Ayamara people didn’t want to deal with it so they peaced out and started living on huts on boats (also made from totora). After a while they decided to just make these little island communities. So today, there are about 60 of these little islands with 12 families each. And the cutest thing is, each island has its own president! Yeah, it was pretty cool.
^ Here’s us riding on top of the boat! It was breezy and cool and we got such a good view of the water and upcoming islands.
^ Here’s the second island we stopped at. This was actually a natural island, but people decided to live on it and populate it. Good idea too, since it’s so pretty and peaceful. Here’s a view of the dock and the shore:
^ There are 2400 people living on this island. Their livelihood is based off of tourism and textiles. The coolest thing though is that on the island, a guy’s attractiveness is based on how well they can knit. So if you’re a guy who can’t knit, well then, you’ll probably be single for a long time. Jajajaja.
^ Yeah we had to walk down over 500 stairs to get back down to our boat. I wish we had stayed another day. Maybe we could have crossed over to Bolivia. Next time…