From Cusco to the Lake Titicaca

Our days in Cusco flew by –so far, we have never spent so much time in one place on our trip,. With Germany in the World Cup finals and Max’s birthday the next day, it was great to have some pleasant, well-needed days to get a good rest. During the day, we enjoyed the warmth of the sun at an altitude of over 12,000 feet (3600m) and went into town to watch a soccer game or go shopping every once in a while. Each of our taxi drivers told us that there were usually a lot more tourists in Cusco, but that most of them had flown to Brazil. Was that really the case? At any rate, we were happy that there weren’t even more there! It was pretty easy to bargain down the price for sweaters, hats, and blankets at the markets, but almost every stand had the same things, so it was difficult to find something special. For the exciting final soccer game, a World Cup studio was set up at the camp site, so we were able to follow the action with four German couples and one from Switzerland in a great atmosphere and then celebrate accordingly. Here in Peru, we felt so close to the Germans in Brazil! The only thing to interrupt our celebration was the very cold night, but we continued the next day, which led to a big birthday barbeque and campfire in Max’s honor with almost all the campers at our site.

Our next camp site was also not bad at all: the village of Aguas Calientes lives up to its name with its countless, hot springs, which we really enjoyed. In the ice-cold night, we were even able to immerse ourselves in a warm herbal spring on the site where we were staying. What a pleasure at over 13,100 feet (4000m)!

Then there were ruins on our plan again, this time the funeral towers of Sillustani, which were constructed for burying important personages around 1200 A.D. This custom on the Colla culture was later adopted by the Incas, who put their excellent stonemasonry talent to use and built many more towers.

Our final destination in Peru was Lake Titicaca. But where is the lake?, we thought when we arrived in Puno. Nothing could be seen except for a sea of reeds. The next morning, we boated through the dense reeds along the narrow waterways with a fisherman and his daughter, and suddenly the plant growth opened up to reveal the floating islands of the Uros, which are a whole world of their own. There are even separate islands for sheep! To our amazement, the ground on the islands gives way when you walk on it, and our friend Michi was suddenly standing ankle-deep in water – so the islands really do float. The fisherman explained exactly how the islands are constructed from reeds and showed us reed houses and boats. We were allowed to visit the school, where a class with only 3 pupils sang some Peruvian songs for us. Our excursion ended on a floating restaurant-island, and we realized that most of the reed islands and boats are now actually only preserved for tourists when a whole lot of boats filled with tourists all arrived there at the same time.

We spent our last night in Peru on the bank of Lake Titicaca, with a fantastic view of the deep blue lake and the bright blue sky. Our time in Peru was great and so multifaceted! Now we are curious about what awaits us in Bolivia.

Here are our private photos.

2 Thoughts on “From Cusco to the Lake Titicaca

  1. Andreas PEISSER on Saturday August 9th, 2014 at 04:23 PM said:

    Servus ihr 4
    Geniesst die bolivianische kaelte, zusammenruecken und das dach zulassen, oder wie ergehts euch mit dem winter mitten im sommer. Seit ihr nach rurrenabaque gefahren, ueberlebt?
    Weiterhin eine schoene reise und sendet uns schoene flamingobilder.
    Mapatoclaya

    • Hallo ihr Heimkehrer,
      nachts kuscheln wir uns bei heruntergelassenemem Dach zusammen, tagsüber genießen wir die tolle Landschaft und lassen uns den Atem rauben. Die Flamingobilder kommen bald. Nun läuft auch bei uns der Countdown, bis bald zum Skifahren!
      Liebe Grüße, Max

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