On day 8 we took a boat excursion on Lake Titicaca (Sidenote: Our hotel overlooked the lake and it was beautiful!)
Situated on the border between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is South America’s largest and highest navigable lake. Our boat journey took us to explore the magnificent scenery and fascinating life on and around the tranquil lake.
First, we visited the floating islands of the Uros Indians that still practice the old traditions of fishing, trapping birds and living on the lake plants. The totora reeds, which grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake, are used for their boats, houses and to build the very islands on which they live. This way of life began over 500 years ago when the Uros built the islands in an effort to isolate themselves from the Kollas and the Incas. This was by far, one of the coolest things I have ever seen. It was actually an entire island made of reeds! I thought I was going to sink! They explained how they made the island and how they kept it afloat. The people were very friendly and really explained their lifestyle well.
We also rode a reed boat around the Lake and explored another island. The boat was made completely out of reeds!
Later, we took a speedboat to the Taquile Island, where the indigenous inhabitants are dedicated to agriculture and crafting of high quality textiles. We got to see their unique customs, traditions and unique costumes. For example, the men are the knitters! That's right, the men are the ones breaking out their knitting needles! :)