Thursday, September 27, 2007

Monday, September 03, 2007

Taquille Island/Titicaca Lake - Peru

The Taquille island, situated in the Aymara area on the Titicaca lake, is located 24 kilometers (15 miles) from Puno. Its inhabitants are decked out in their traditional outfits speaking Quechua and maintaining a strong sense of loyalty within the group.

The Incan terraces and ruins are scattered throughout the landscape and the region is admired for possessing old indigenous roots with ancestral customs, prehispanic and precolonial monuments.

The Floating Islands of the Uros (Titicaca Lake) - Peru

Los Uros began their unusual floating existence in the Titicaca Lake centuries ago to protect them selves from the Collas and the Incas. During the years the existence of pure-blooded Uros has vanished.

The Aymaras that have settled there today construct, like the original Uros, their islands and canoe-shaped boats for fishing and transport with totora reeds.