6 Nov 2012
We left the hotel early as we knew that we would be taking a 'lancha' (ferry) to Lake Titikaka and then to Amantani Island for a home stay tonight.
We were surprised when we got out our hotel and saw a row of rickshaws in front of the hotel. Then, we realised that we woukd be taking the rickshaws to the sea port!! It was fun to being on the rickshaws and especially when we are at the intersection where cars don't realky respect the red traffic lights!!
Laka Titikaka is huge!! It is the highest lake in the world and also the largest lake in South America. We had a new local tour guide who was very good to explain the history of the Lake Titikaka to us. He also taught us a few local dialets ie Quechua and Aymara as he explained that our host famalies dont speak much English .
Basically, we have been offerred by the locals to stay at their home for 1 night. There would be no shower for one day and we would help the family whenever we can...
On way to the Amantani island, we stopped by some of 'man made' floating islands!! It is absolutely how amazing the traditions are still being preserved and these floating islands are made of local reeds!! Sadly, as explained by our tour guide that this tradition may not be continued for long as some of these people and their children are getting more educated and they usually work in the cities rather than in the islands...
I did't realise that we were going higher than Cusco as the island we home stayed is more than 4000m above... i guess i should be alright with the high altitude. Think at one point we even reached 4800m where we had lunch overlooking the tranquil Lake Titikaka. When we reached the island, we invited to play soccer with the local school kids at the Amantani Island!! Can't you believe that i kicked two goals!!