We left the beautiful Sacred Valley and made our way to Puno, Lake Titicaca and then Bolivia.
Here are a few impressions of Peruvian Street festivities….. they are loud, colourful and cheerful and just a lot of fun to watch 🙂
Andean mountain pass “Abra la Raya”
(La Raya Pass) is the watershed between the valley that drains into Lake Titicaca and the valley that leads down to Cuzco and to the Sacred Valley. The altitude is 4’338 m (14,232 feet)
The Uros floating islands on Lake Titicaca
A small group of people, the Uros still survive today in the middle of Lake Titicaca. The Uros have been living on their floating islands for centuries, and used it as defense from colliding with the Inca and Colla cultures. The Uros use the totora reed, which is plentiful along the edges of the lake, to make their homes, their furniture, their boats, and the islands they live on. Every 6 months or so they have to lift up all the house and other buildings to lay down new reeds since the islands sink ever so slowly. As you walk around there is a spongy feel to every step. The indigenous life there still maintain their traditions. It was a unique experience.
A few facts: Lake Titicaca is the largest freshwater lake in South America and the highest of the world’s large lakes. Titicaca is one of less than twenty ancient lakes on earth, and is thought to be there million years old. Lake Titicaca sits 3 810 m above sea level and is situated between Peru to the west and Bolivia to the east. It covers 3 200 square miles (8 300 square km) and extends in a northwest-to-southeast direction for a distance of 120 miles (190 km). It is 50 miles (80 km) across at its widest point.
Copacabana – Bolivian town on the shore of Lake Titicaca