A super stop over to Lima
30.05.2012 - 30.05.2012 10 °C
The bus from Copacabana to Lima is a long 27 hours in total, so to mix it up a little, I decided to give my legs a stretch and my bum a rest from sitting for the duration, & to partake i na stopover trip, with the rest of the travellers on the bus from Copacabana. It took us 4 hours to get from there to Puno, which is home to a small town and a harbour, where you can take boats over to the Floating Islands, and visit the residents on these manmade creations.
Made by the "Uros" from river reeds and mud these islands float on top of the lake and home families and sometimes small villages (depending on how big the Island). We visited one family, where one man had 5 wives from all different ages (very typical of the Andean/Uro family) and fathered a couple of children. The wives would make cruel work and tapestry out of wool and materials, as well as soveigners for tourists like us. The "King" as they call him, would make sure the Island was still a float, every 15 days or so would make more reeds and mud into the foundations of the Island.
It was amazing to watch this family live their lives, which they deemed to be so normal. The Island consisted of a kitchen, 4 bedrooms and an outdoor toilet, all made from the reeds and the mud. It made great insolation for the cold nights, and they also had solar panlled tv's and cooking equipment! so very modern hey!! The children were very playful and the wives were very friendly and welcoming. They sang us a song before we left, which i think was supossed to be "row, row, row your boat!" Very funny and sweet!
We boarded the boat just as it was getting dark and very cold, back to the bus terminal where I would catch the coach to carry on with the rest of my journey to Lima!.....