Lake Titicaca homestay

Lake Titicaca is shared by Peru and Bolivia. The trip here was included with my Inca Trail excursion. My visit here was an unexpected surprise: because I didn’t think I would like it, but I ended up loving it.  Yes, the Floating Islands of Uros were touristy and phony and I could just as easily wipe them off my memory. The fútbol game and the dance seemed like a farce just for our benefit. But the homestay in the island was nice. To sit in a dinner table sharing stories late into the night, learning about their family, their history, their daily life, was somewhat refreshing. Like drinking fresh cold water after running for so long under a hot sun.

Lake Titicaca is beautiful.  Here it is in photographs:

the floating islands of Uros

the floating islands of Uros

woman sawing

blankets

dried fish

little girl

woman on boat

the island

two boats

woman and sheep

clay

donke

woman and sheep 2

my chore in the island: sorting out the good Ocas (a type of potato) from the bad ones. We had it for lunch.

my chore in the island: sorting out the good Ocas (a type of potato) from the bad ones. We had it for lunch.

my homestay family

my homestay family