Puno / Titicaca Lake

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). While driving to Puno, we passed this lake at 4,444 metres ... you already know ... the oxygen ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Beautiful landscape and to our surprise ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... Andes Flamingos ... we didn't know of that ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We had one stop close to Puno, the Grave Towers of Sillustani ... looks complete from this side ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). They are located close to this lake ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and it's still amazing how they built it ... this is supposed to be a ramp to get the stones up ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Well, here's the two of us ... pretty big those towers ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and of course - where tourists are - there's people who want the odd Sol to live off ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). When we approached that rock, we didn't see it, but from the side, you can see the Puma, one of the holy animals ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). So we arrived in Puno at our hotel at the Titicaca Lake and the next morning the sun greated us like this ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). This is the city of Puno, seen from our hotel ... again - surprised? - wonderful weather ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). So first thing we took a boat to the floating islands of the people of "Uro" ... here demonstrating how these islands are built. First you have the living (!) reed roots which are bound together ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... then you place the reeds in a zig-zag way on top ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and build the house, fire places etc. on top of it ... when you walk on those islands it feels like walking on a matress ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox).  The guy explaining all this was so nice, he even let us into his house ... you basically see it on this photo, a couple and two kids live in there ... including TV and DVD (on the bottom right) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here's a house from the outside ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and another floating island ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We were witness to a wedding celebration (several days) on this floating island ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... including dancing and a "big band" ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). And that was the view for Thomas, lying on the boat ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... which was steered by the nice guy who explained the islands to us ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). So we had a last look from a little look-out built on the island ... this is the "wedding" island again ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and after taking a photo with our wonderful guide Soledad ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... we took the boat to Taquile Island ... where we had to climb up the mountain (still 3,400 metres) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). While walking up there we saw the traditional costumes there ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and Cynthia couldn't resist buying a hand-made armband from one of the girls ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). One speciality of those islands are the knitting men, so it's not the women ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Quite a funny sign on the central square with the distances ... just the directions don't fit ... from a Peru point of view Berlin and Rome should be roughly in the same direction ;-)
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). As it was Sunday, after church the men and women proceeded onto the square ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... where the "mayor" announced what was going on in the village and what was planned ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... everyone listening and interested ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... whereas the women sat in the background ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). So after an eventful day we were back in the hotel ... and this photo shows Cynthia "skyping" with ... you might guess ... ;-)