Lake Titicaca

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

Lake Titicaca floating Islands

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nice lookout tower in the form of a fish, all made of reeds

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Here I am on a typical Uros Island

Here I am on a typical Uros Island

let's have a look what's cooking

let’s have a look what’s cooking

lookout Tower

lookout Tower

view from Uros lookout tower

view from Uros lookout tower

House of reeds

House of reeds

Inside of the house

Inside of the house

Local selling her handicrafts to the tourists

Local selling her handicrafts to the tourists

nice boat of reeds bringing me from one floating island to the other

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.

Enjoying a Peruvian Cusquena beer on the roof of the motorboat taking me to the Taquile Island

Taquile Island

Taquile Island

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On top of some building from where I could see the mountains in Bolivia

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Machu Picchu

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.

Entrance of Machu Picchu

Entrance of Machu Picchu

The best view ever

The best view ever

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the terraces

the terraces

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Cathedral of Santo Domingo in Cuzco

Cathedral of Santo Domingo in Cuzco

 

Mysterious Nazca Lines

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)

ready for take off

ready for take off

me as co-pilot

me as copilot

the whale

the whale

trapezoids

trapezoids

The Astronaut is the only figure on a hill

The Astronaut is the only figure on a hill

monkey

monkey

dog

dog

condor

condor

Alcatraz

spider

Humming bird = colibri

Humming bird = colibri

alcatraz

alcatraz = heron bird

pap

parrot

tree (left) and hands (right)

tree (left) and hands (right)