Heading to Bolivia
I spent my last full week in Peru attending Spanish School. Starting to feel much more comfortable with my limited Spanish vocabulary. I spent every afternoon walking around Cusco with my teacher for a couple of hours.
We visited markets and areas of town that I never would have visited on my own. Such as the cemetary in Cusco which was quite interesting and impressive.
This is a street vendor that I bought some merchandise from....not my spanish teacher.
At the end of the week I took a bus to Puno from Cusco which stopped several times along the way to explore some ruins and museums. A great way to break up a 8 hour bus ride. Here are some photos of the ruins at Raqchi.
The next day I took a tour of Lake Titicaca, which is on the border of Peru & Bolivia and is the worlds highest navigable lake (more like the size of an ocean). Visited the floating reed islands of Uros. People still live on these islands today. The islands are anchored by rocks in water that is over 50 feet deep. The island itself is made of reed stacked up to be over 6 feet thick. You can feel the motion of the waves on the island. About 20-25 people live on each island. Very cool but the islands economy relies exclusively on tourism.
Took a ride on this ride boat, it was amazingly stable. Good thing because the water was very, very cold.
Also visited the island of Taquile on the same tour of Lake Titicaca. This is a regular island made of land, where about 2,000 people live. The people dress very colorful and have some interesting customs. The men do all the weaving of clothes on the island. A single man wears a white & red hat until he becomes married. After he is married, he wears a solid red hat with some designs. A single woman wears brightly colored skirts until she gets married. After she is married, she wears only black skirts, kind of like mourning I guess. Very interesting.
This is a photo of two single men and a single girl.
Next up Bolivia...
The Road Goes on Forever -- Robert Earl Keen