|Remnants of the recent election|
We started off our journey at Puno, Lake Titicaca and stayed at the Casa Andina private collection. The hotel sits right on the Lake with an unbelievable view every morning and the service was exceptional (something I noticed throughout Peru).
|The view from our hotel|
The next morning, our first stop was the floating islands of Uros. While extremely tourist-y the whole set up was still quite beautiful - mustard reeds and the cerulean waters of the lake made for a potent combination.
There are a number of boats that will take you out to these islands (42 of them) built on strong floating reeds.
On each of these islands there are anywhere between 3 and 10 families that live in little huts equipped with electricity and cable television.
|The water was so inviting, I seriously considered diving off the boat|
|Spot the solar panel and the kite!|
Most of the island's population lives close to or around the summit and on our short trek up, we found a lot of men, women and children carrying heavy loads from the boats up to their homes. From what I understand, heights are considered sacred to the Quecha people and have historically also offered a form of defense against invaders.
|When I look at these snaps, it feels like a dream that we were even there - I think partly it was the colors - they seemed unreal to me.|
We spent the afternoon walking around the island and enjoyed a delicious lunch with one of the families on the island. We had Quinoa soup, home made bread and freshly caught trout, rounded off with a cup of hot coca tea.
The flavors were so simple yet the meal was one of the tastiest I have ever had.
|Boiled veggies, potatoes, trout and rice|