Countries 7 Hotels 21 Cars 36
Flights 12:flying time 46.52 hours
Rickshaws 4 Buses 4 Elephant 1 Boat 3
Cog-wheel train 2 Cable cars 6 Subway 4 Ferry 2
Minibus 26 Coach 2 Catamaran 1 Funicular 3
Pick up truck 1 Land Cruiser 8 Hydrofoil 4
Llama 1 Cycle Taxi 1
The plan for today was to spend the majority of the day on lake Titicaca. However, two issues made me change the itinerary, one was the prospect of the lunch being cooked in a village home; I’ve only just started to feel my old self and really didn’t want to risk another bout of illness, two and more importantly, the day included four hour boat trip to go and ‘experience’ how a community live. Well I have just spent two days on Sun Island right in the middle of the community, watching the villagers tend their animals, harvest their crops, etc. etc. When I asked how different would this ‘experience’ be from the one I had just had, the answer was not much. So when I arrived in Puno yesterday a women from the agency met me to discuss alternatives, and it was agreed I would just do the floating islands.
While I was waiting for my guide in the hotel, this was waiting outside, when she arrived she led me to it, I got in and off to the harbour we went. It’s called a cycle taxi, or eco taxi.
The boat ride to the floating islands was good. No wind, bright sunshine and as we weaved through the reed beds I could see the reed huts in the distance. The area of the floating islands is much bigger than I expected, but what an utter disappointment. We moored up along side one of the islands and my guide led me to a seating area. The flooring is very spongy and felt very unstable to walk on. As she was explaining how the people came to this area and built their homes on the island one of the ‘islanders’ was doing the demonstration and he couldn’t have looked more bored if he tried. One of the women came and demonstrated her sewing then pissed off somewhere else as soon as she thought she had done enough. I know this is just for the tourists now, but goodness, the only effort made was to try and sell me something. I was genuinely interested in the history of life on these floating islands, this was a pretty poor experience. So pleased I didn’t do the rest of the trip, a four hour return boat ride for more of that would have been vile.
So back to the hotel by eleven, went for a walk round the town, and had a very lazy day updating this as had a backlog of days due to no internet at previous hotels.
I know guinea pig is eaten in Peru, however I’m not sure if the reason it appears so frequently on the restaurant menus here is for the tourists or not. So I took a photo of a typical example of a restaurant menu in the town and also one which displayed how the guinea pig would be served, very appetising!