One of the places I absolutely enjoyed in Peru was Lake Titicaca, the highest lake in the world (3800m) surrounded by the mountains of the Andes forming a natural border between Peru and Bolivia. I left the town of Puno and visited the Uros Islands on the lake, one of the many floating islands made by reeds, the houses by the Uros people who live on these Islands are also made of reeds just like their little boats.
On Island Taquile another Island not made of reeds this time, I had lunch and some time to hike around the Island and climb to the top, chewing on coca leaves to cope with the high altitude. Very nice Island with amazing views from all different angles and specially when reaching the top to have a 360 view. That’s when you realize how big this lake is.
Lake Titicaca floating Islands
nice lookout tower in the form of a fish, all made of reeds
Here I am on a typical Uros Island
let’s have a look what’s cooking
view from Uros lookout tower
House of reeds
Inside of the house
Local selling her handicrafts to the tourists
nice boat of reeds bringing me from one floating island to the other
Enjoying a Peruvian Cusquena beer on the roof of the motorboat taking me to the Taquile Island
On top of some building from where I could see the mountains in Bolivia
The reason why I wanted to go to Peru was because of the Machu Picchu.
Northwest of the city of Cuzco lays Machu Picchu on a mountain above the sacred valley.
It’s the icon of the Inca civilization, not found by the Spanish rulers during the colonial period and that’s why it didn’t get destroyed cause it was not known by the outside world for about 400 years. Now it’s world-famous and visited by many tourists from all over the world every year.
I remember taking a train and after that a bus to arrive at the entrance and before you know it you have this magnificent view that will make you freeze. This is one of the most incredible places of all that I have ever seen.
It belongs in the same category of the “Seven Wonders of the World” like the Great Chinese Wall and the Grand Canyon.
I could stay there the whole day and walk around, or just sit somewhere and observe the beauty of the mountains around this magical place.
The Origin is a Mystery, How did it got there in the middle of the Peruvian desert ?
Some say by the Aliens, others say it’s the native civilization.
These figures in the sands are thousands of years old and are still very well conserved by nature. The Best way to see it is to fly over it, with a little sports plane.
There are 12 figures in total, (the whale,trapezoids,astronaut on the hill,monkey,dog,condor,spider,humming-bird,heron bird,parrot,tree,hands)