Friday, September 23, 2011

Lake Titicaca

Bolivian Woman in traditional bowler hat

Uros Girl

Wednesday we had another long drive from the Colca Canyon to Puno, on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. After checking into the hotel we had a boat trip out - after a breakdown - to the extraordinary floating reed islands. Here the Uros people spend all their lives on small reed islands, which they make themselves, living in tiny reed houses and living mainly on fish.

Thursday it was on across the altiplano to Bolivia. Here, after the chaotic border formalities, we embarked again on Lake Titicaca, this time on a hydrofoil, where we visited the Island of the Sun, where we had lunch, then the Island of the Moon. At both places we visited archaeological remnants of the Inca and pre-Inca civilisations. More time on the hydrofoil, then a bus trip into the heart of Bolivia and to its captital La Paz, the highest capital city in the world.

We are all very short of breath with any activity. Our altitude is varying between 3,500 and almost 5,000 metres above sea level.

For details of where to find my book "Vic's Big Walk from SW France to NW England" double click on this.

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