We had an early morning taxi to the airport and went straight through to the departure lounge as we promised M&D it had good shops. Turns out we were in the domestic side not the international section and it only had two shops-whoops! After a small delay in the bus to the aeroplane we were up and away. We landed at a breath taking 3808m and we were back at Lake Titicaca, this time with my M&D on the Peruvian side. Dad had done very well with our next hotel this one was even swankier and M&D agreed, it must be nice. We were glad it was nice because Dad and I were suffering with the altitude. It was such a beautiful hotel in the best location, right on the island (that we learnt later was used as a prison) with views either side to the lake. James couldn't believe his luck that he could lie in a giant bed with the Ryder cup on and a fabulous view over Lake Titicaca. Most of our time was spent taking it very easy, due to the altitude sickness and catching up on the last 4 months. I was in heaven when I relaxed on crisp white sheets enjoying a packet of Percy Pigs my parents company and the impending 4:30pm hot tub time where we enjoyed views over the Lake and Alpacas just outside the window. Our only interruptions to the daily routine of relaxing and chatting was to have a buffet style breakfast, a few bites to eat at lunch and maybe a game of cards.
We did venture out of the hotel a few times. We took a very slow walk around the edge of the lake and had a closer look and laugh at the alpacas. On our last day at the beautiful lake we were all just about recovered from the altitude, I had got a cold but was feeling OK. We decided to take a day trip to the Uros floating islands. The islands were so impressive and peaceful it was an amazing place to see there is nothing like them anywhere else. We stopped off at one of the islands and learnt about the community and how they make the islands. We were then ushered into two different huts, James and I in one and M&D in the other. We were shown the produce that the women made. James and I only had 50 soles and half a bag of Percy pigs so after some bartering it turns out that Percy pigs can be used as currency and we bought a tapestry. M&D bought a tapestry as well and a woolly hat. We went to the local market and had a drink before boating around the rest of the community to see the primary school, church and hospital clinic. As we got off the boat and back to the comfort of our lovely hotel we spotted a wild Guinea Pig! It wasn't as cute as Buffy and Willow and was pretty chunky but still cute and good to see in the wild.
Lake Titicaca really is an amazing place and the floating islands were something special to see. The hotel was excellent and we were so happy to have shared this place with M&D.