Today we sailed on the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca. Most boat trips start from the dock in the town of Puno but we are treated to an executive service! We have use of a privately chartered “fast boat” and we start from our hotel’s private quay. After breakfast in the hotel restaurant we walk through the lobby, across the forecourt, down a few steps and we are embarking our boat. It couldn’t be easier. Jose and Herver, our local guides accompany us and we sail first to the famous floating islands of Uros. These islands are constructed entirely from reeds that grow in the lake. Local families live on the islands and there are houses, community centres and even a medical centre. We visit one island that happens to be the home of the local mayor. The family are very welcoming. We hear how they construct their island and homes, and learn about their way of life. We also experience sailing aboard their boats – also made of reeds. A few of our guests even have a go rowing the boat!
From Uros we sail for about 45 minutes across Puno Bay to the Capachica Peninsula. Here we are visiting the small community of Llachon. On disembarking our private boat we walk up the path to a farm house which will be our base. From here a few keen folk head off to kayak and to sail. Most of us stroll into the village. Luckily the local primary school is keen to meet us so we say hello to the children and hand out some gifts we have brought along including pens and pencils, books and some toys. We are treated to a few songs from the children and then asked to reciprocate. We decide to sing “Old Macdonald Had A Farm” - with actions of course. After a couple of verses it is obvious the children think we are completely mad. Following our third verse, the children start clapping which clearly means they have had enough. Very sensible really. We leave them in peace and wander up to the village square where we find a mobile fruit and vegetable van. We take a look and our guide explains the various produce on sale. Four local police in traditional costume walk by but don’t stay for photos!
Back at the farm we meet up with our sailors and kayakers and enjoy a home cooked lunch featuring Quinoa soup and trout. Delicious! After lunch we hear more about the farmers way of life including their spinning and weaving techniques, and their use of local herbs and plants.
A wonderful day at Lake Titicaca.