Here is one of our back log of blogs about Peru which we hadn't had time to put up. Although this is from 2014 I'm sure you'll enjoy our travels and pics!
We arrived in Puno (which you can see a panorama above) and set off immediately to Uros Khatanti one of the tiny islands that make up the Uros islands. A set of floating reed islands in the middle of Lake Titicaca.
Lake Titicaca is the largest highest altitude lake in the world, you cannot see the other side, it's really small ocean, at altitude which is pretty amazing. There are theories that originally it was part of a lake system at sea level and due to earth movement and the plates it was raised up many millions of years ago.
The Uros islands are a set of famous floating reed villages. Everything is made out of reeds that litter the banks of the lake. I was really excited to do a homestay with a local family who live and work on the islands, and luckily we found a lovely place called Uros Khantanti. The island supports 4-5 families and the main income for them is tourism, they have 4 homestay rooms so you will only have 8 guests at any time. Other than that they live fairly sustainable lives eating fish from the lake, trading reed goods with the landlubbers etc.
We met on the side of the lake and were very excited to hop into little boats to be rowed across. As we neared the island you could see these yellow islands come into view.
As we got off the boat we were welcomed by Christina and her husband Victor, who have a bit of English, (thank gosh!) as our Aymara was pretty non existent!
We explored, found our rooms and got to meet Chana the pet flamingo who took an instant dislike of Greg.
Fishing with Victor
Our reed boat was very comfy. He showed us how they can eat the inner reed flesh.
Years ago before borders, the islands would float around Lake Titicaca, kind of like nomadic pirates! However once borders were drawn between Peru and Bolivia the Uros people had to choose a side, so now they tether the islands with 8 ropes to hold it in place.
Back for lunch, of sopas (soup), trucha (trout), quinoa and vegetables. They were all the same temperature and tasted delicious - a far cry from our food in Bolivia.
The Uros Men, Boyz2Reeds, Riverboys, Corazon de Totora (Heart of the Reeds).....
What do you think?!
Dinner is yummy too, with a creme Anglais, fried pastry and fruit. Yum yum. Greg remakes it's amazing what a Peruvian cook can do in the middle of a reed island on a lake, whereas Bolivians cannot do this in a kitchen anywhere!
We'd love to hear your thoughts on what Greg's Peruvian boy band should be called! Leave a suggestion below ; )
Jade & Greg xoxo