by Jerome au Perou
Sun Aug 12th, 2012 at 07:36:34 AM EST
Most of the day near Puno - part of it walking on water...
(yeah, yeah, apologies for the "starbucks" search - some of us like their latte, and we do collect their mugs, the Peruvian one is rather nice...)
The morning's programme: use this to go to the floating islands on the lake:
And thus we went:
These villages are naturally an attraction: they are made exclusively of reed, and they actually float (they are built on floaters made of compact earth with reed roots, with multiple layers of reeds added on top of that)
The boats, which they still use (at least for tourist tours, but they also claimed for daily tasks), are also made of reeds:
They do have some electricity from solar panels - we suggested they clean their rather dirty panels to get more output out of them...
The afternoon was less quiet as we went for a tour a karting on the heights above the lake (and along an old railway line). It was a bit unusual to pick the karts in the middle of town and go through city traffic with the karts to get to the more empty areas, but the kids loved it. The son was allowed - and able - to drive for quite a while and mightily pleased. Both daughters had their turn - the eldest already an accomplished Parisian driver (<grin>).
Here's the railway picture to atone for all the oil burning...
After all that quiet & peaceful effort, and then noisy & dirty effort, all under a nice sun, we had a good night's rest (and as I write this, the rest of the family is still asleep...).
Today, we are going towards Bolivia, with some trekking near the lake along the way.