Las Islas de Uros y Taquile

Cantuta Peru's National Flower

Cantuta – Peru’s National Flower

Uros Island

Uros Island

Dramatic skies and clear blue water describe yesterday’s outing on Lake Titicaca’s Uros and Taquile Islands. The tourists in our group included Peruvians and a smorgasbord of Europeans of all ages – Irish, Italian, German, Russian, and Norwegian.

Taquile Island

Taquile Island

Our indigenous guides were gracious and organized. They did a fantastic job of educating us about the islands. When the tour began at 6:00 a.m., the skies were black and ominous looking and it was raining. On the way to the islands the rain stopped, and by the end of the day it was sunny.

terraced farming

Terraced Farming

First we visited two of the Uros – small floating islands manmade with totoro reeds. We were given an interesting demonstration of how the reeds were used to build the islands. After a 1.5 hour boat ride, we arrived at Taquile Island. Taquile is a larger natural island which we explored and hiked for several hours followed by lunch high in the hills overlooking Lake Titicaca. Once again the altitude (12,500 ft.) made itself known and what should have been an easy hike was a bit tiring. Many in the group napped and yawned on the two-hour boat ride back to Puno. Las islas son muy hermosa! Below are photos taken during the day. I leave Peru on March 2nd and the next stop is Bolivia.

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