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Breathtaking Lake Titicaca

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A July 2000 trip to Puno by jurgen

Lake Titicaca Photo, Peru, South America More Photos
Quote: At 3820 meters above sealevel Lake Titicaca is literary breathtaking..

Lake Titicaca

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Attraction | "Breathtaking Lake Titicaca"

Lake Titicaca Photo, Peru, South America
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After a short flight from Lima I arrived at the airport of Juliaca. Juliaca is at 3822 meters above sealevel; Immediately one feels the altitude. Your heart starts beating much quicker, there is little oxygen in the air and you feel that it is much colder here. Next to the airport we rented a minivan to Puno, only 44 kilometers from here. The road to Puno is good so it's only a short ride. On our way to Puno we stop for a short while at a Coca Cola stand -in the middle of knowhere- to get us a bottle of water. The sun goes down really fast over here so we arrive in Puno in the dark. When the sun is down there is absolutely not one bit of heat left over here. It's freezing cold. After arriving the...Read More

Lake Titicaca
Near Puno
Peru

Taquille

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Taquille Photo,
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Early in the morning we leave to the harbour by taxi. Outside it is still very cold. There is ice on the roads, and it is the middle of July! In the harbour we take one of the boats to Taquille and the Uros islands (see other journalentry). It's a very noisy boat filled with tourists. The boat trip to Taquille takes 4 hours and with the sun in the sky the temperatures have become very pleasant. We spent our time on the roof of the boat, burning in the sun. And burning we do, the sun is very strong at this altitude. After arriving at Taquille we have to climb a hill to reach the village. At these heights, that is not easy. In the village square the guide gives us a small explaination about the isl...Read More

Uros Floating Islands (Islas Flotantes)

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Attraction | "The floating islands"

Uros Floating Islands (Islas Flotantes) Photo, Puno, Peru
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Hundreds of years ago Uros people fled from the Inca's and started living on artificial islands in Lake Titicaca. Made from a package of reed, about one meter thick, they float on the lake. That way they were able to isolate themselves from the rest of the region. Today there is little isolation left. Only 300 people live on the islands, and the majority is only there to attract tourists. The Uros indians try to sell handcrafted little gadgets and try to let you pay for pictures. Don't be cheap--pay for it, it's their living. It's fun to see that some of the houses have solarpanels on their roofs providing the energy for the televisions inside. These panels where a gift by the Peruvian government....Read More

Uros Floating Islands (Islas Flotantes)
Lake Titicaca
Puno, Peru