Puno/Lake Titicaca

Feeling the altitude here… Upon reaching Puno I experienced a shortness of breath. Walked around the town a little bit but didn’t get round to doing too much. The following day we visited the floating islands of Uros – super interesting to see how the people live off and sustain the island with reeds. We stopped and had a delicious lunch (soup and fish) at Taquile Island, went for a walk where we had a beautiful view of the lake and then proceeded by boat to the island where we had our home stay with a local family. Upon arriving, we were warmly greeted by our hosts in Aymara, then invited to play soccer at an altitude of over 4000m above sea level. The high altitude definitely exacerbated my unfitness – talk about being winded! Despite being pretty breathless, I had the best time running around and having a kick (or attempting to anyway). This was then followed by getting dressed in traditional costume (with a lot of layers) and doing a dance. The next day we got to experience firsthand the jobs involved in living off the land – herding sheep and ploughing. Needless to say, I failed. Miserably. I could never hack it as a farmer. 

 21 24 soccer uros

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