Gene's South American Walkabout travel blog

Celebrating the Fiesta de la Virgen de Candelaria. Thousands of people in...

A view of Lake Titicaca.

One of the floating islands i visited. There are about sixteen of...

A couple of reed boats.

Some reed huts. They use the reeds for everything. They even eat...

Great Egret. It was walking around the people on one of the...

Puno is a jumping off point for visiting the islands in Lake Titicaca on the Peru side of the lake. They were just starting to celebrate the Fiesta de la Virgen of Candelaria. Puno is a fairly large town and there was nothing too interesting there. Copacabana in Bolivia was having the same fiesta. So, after visiting the islands I headed for Copacabana.

I visited the floating islands on Lake Titicaca. These islands are made of reeds piled on top of one another to a depth of 8 to 12 feet and are held stationary by poles driven through the reeds and into the lake bottom. As the reeds on the bottom of the island rot, they stack more reeds on top. About 500 people live on the these islands, but their numbers are dwindling. The kids leave the islands to go to high school in Puno and they decide not to return to the islands to live. Most of the people on the islands make their living from the tourism to the islands.

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