Inca Trail & the Amazon
Day 16 - Lake
27th August 2015
Part 1 - Bobby's Limousine Service & Uros floating Islands
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Day 16 was the start of the homestay part of
the trip, for which we had the fewest pre-conceptions.
After the jungle and trek, I'll be honest, I expected it to be a bit of comedown
- however it turned out to be a very enjoyable couple of days.
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Bobby had said that we had limousines booked for the
next morning to take us to the docks - thankfully instead of some tacky
gas-guzzlers we had a fleet of bicycle rickshaws - I think I could make out the
Quechan for "oh please don't choose me"
as I approached our driver.
Our finely tuned
machine had a soundsystem which loudly played Sabrina's seminal classic 'Boys,
Boys, Boys' as we ground our way through downtown Puno.
While I'll always
put low quality pictures up here, this picture only made it because it's the
only one of us on the bikes. Other than that, it's just a nightmare vision of
what I might look like in my late 70's looking dazed and confused and in need of
Uros floating islands
I remember seeing these islands on kids'
programmes as I was growing up. Here the islanders give a demonstration on
how the islands are built - naturally buoyant root mass is overlain with
reeds - fresh reeds have to be added every 15 days to keep the islands
afloat. If there's a dispute on an island, just get the saws out and cut
yourselves apart and float off...
Surprised to find that in such a truly vast lake that the indigenous
fish were so small and consist of these goldfish looking chaps and some
small catfish. Recent introductions of predatory Trout and Kingfish have
depleted their numbers. The fish in the bowl were still alive at this
point, though I did see the island's cat swipe one a little later...
The old lady of the island - 104 apparently...