Lake Titikaka, Peru

Lake Titikaka, the largest navigable lake in the world bordering Peru and Bolivia.

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Early morning, we jumped on board what our local tour guide cheekily coined: ‘the Andean Limo’, which consisted of tuk tuk drivers on bicycle, to be transported to the harbor where boats to Lake Titikaka awaited us.

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I can imagine this to be a rather eyebrow raising sight to the locals, as our entire tour convoy careered down the street with Peruvian rock music blasting through the loud speakers of each ‘limo’. 😛

It was a fine sunny day on the lake with fluffy clouds and gentle ripples.Lake Titikaka, Peru photographer travel blogger http://travel.yingphotography.com.au

Our first stop was the floating island of Ios. Oh and such a fascinating and vastly different lifestyle these people lived! 

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This small village girl I met was particularly cute, she was so uninhibited and carefree. She hugged smiled and clinged onto me as I played with her. I just loved how lusciously long her eyelashes were!

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Life’s a beach on the lake…

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The locals lived off these ‘floating’ islands through fishing and hunting wildlife in the freshwater lake. I still think in awe over how they can build their houses and land as well as their beautiful boats entirely upon river reed. As usual, the locals displayed their handcraft wares to sell as souvenirs to the tourists.

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Lake Titikaka, Peru photographer travel blogger http://travel.yingphotography.com.au

Lake Titikaka, Peru photographer travel blogger http://travel.yingphotography.com.au

Lake Titikaka, Peru photographer travel blogger http://travel.yingphotography.com.au

Here’s our tour group photo with 2 of the native ladies on the left. These people almost resembled the native tribes I encountered near the highlands of Lugu Lake in Yunnan, China. It was quite amazing, discovering this culturally and physically similar group of native people at the other side of the globe. The women on these islands were really tanned from the UV exposure in this high altitude, also quite large in size like the women of the Naxi tribe of Lugu lake from China.Their language is curiously similar to the Japanese, and it was believed that they had descended from a similar ancestral lineage thousands of years ago, when these nomads migrated across from Asia, through to America and eventually down to Peru.  

As with many cultural visits, the locals dressed the tourists up in their native outfits. I just love how colorful they are! Does my outfit remind you of a Korean Court Costume?

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