Arrived after a four hour overland road trip from La Paz, through El Alto then a ferry crossing to Copacabana, which sits on a peninsula on lake Titicaca. The light is pretty special here, with a vibrancy of colour that artists would relish. At this altitude (12507ft)(3812m.), the skies are clear.Lake Titicaca, straddling the border between Peru and Bolivia in the Andes Mountains, is one of South America’s largest lakes and the world’s highest navigable body of water. Said to be the birthplace of the Incas, it’s home to numerous ruins. Its waters are famously still and brightly reflective. Around it are national reserves sheltering rare aquatic wildlife such as giant frogs.

11.07.15 Sat. Left Copacabana on the 09:00 bus to Puno, crossing to the Peruvian border fifteen minutes later. The border separating Bolivia and Peru runs through lake Titicaca. Arrived in Puno around mid day. The reason for stopping here was to visit the reed and island communities out on the lake.

Traditional reed boat

Traditional reed boat

Mnt. Illimani in the distance the 6438m. peak that dominates the environment and Titicaca.

Mnt. Illimani in the distance the 6438m. peak that dominates the environment and Titicaca.

Uros island is an ersatze island community that apparently has been created for the tourists to understand how these communities lived so that the bone fide communities do not suffer any undesirable intrusions. Later we visited and stopped overnight at Amantani island and the following day, a short visite to Taquile island, both delightfully unspoiled and rustic. Unfortunately descending five hundred and odd steps down to the harbour in Taquile to meet the boat, yours truly slipped and fell having sprained the ligaments on the top of ones foot, ergo, I am writing this from my convalescing bed.

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