So we`ve now crossed the border from Bolivia to Peru. Not much has changed landscape wise however much more of the land here is inhabited and farmed. And there are already signs of the countries wealth over Bolivia - for example, we have seen tractors and everything is about 50% more expensive. On our first day in Puno we were picked up by Tuk - Tuks. It was an hillarious sight -34 of us racing wierd tricycles through the streets of Puno. The took us to the harbour, where we boarded our boats to take us across Lake Titikaka.
First we stopped at some floating islands, made from reeds. The Uros people live on these islands. They were like walking over a bouncy castle. We took the boat a further 2 1/2 hours across the lake to an island where we were to stay the night with a local family. The lake itself is an incredible sparkling blue and is so vast you cannot see where it ends, it just looks like the sea.
We met our local family, which consisted of grandma - Hulia, Daughter - Norma and little boy William. Their house was so sweet, made of crumbling cob and stones with an open fire to cook on and a donkey in the garden. The family were so friendly - not a word of English spoken so we muddled along with basic Spanish, sign language and lots of smiles! We were cooked very basic traditional meals, lots of rice and potatoes etc. We hiked to the top of the island for sunset over the lake, then got dressed up in traditional clothing to go to a big fiesta, thrown by the locals for us guests. They wear so many layers of clothing, it weighed a tonne.
The next day we had breakfast with our famillies before waving goodbye and boarding the boat one last time back to Puno,stopping at one other island where we saw some ladies doing some traditional weaving. In the evening we ended up having the most hillariously aweful dinner yet. We thought you couldnt go far wrong with pizza, but this one seemed to have a biscuit base!! Its very hit and miss like that, foodwise here! All part of the experience!