The shallow Bolivian part of the Lake
Tour map of Lake Titicaca: I visited Uros, Ilse Taquile and stayed on Isla Suasi across the lake. Note 40% of the lake is in Bolivia
Arrival in Juliaca these are festival costumes
My new friend!
A Lesson in phoenetics-it was my name!
Puno: town on the shores of lake Tticaca
A View from Casa Andina Puno accross the reeds
The garen in casa Andina, Puno
Evening with tour boat
The Condor and the Puma protect Puno
Bicycle pedicab in Puno
The colors and shape of many Indian women of the altiplano
The Caherdral of Puno on the central plaza
Flanking the entrance
Detail of the cathedral
The Central square of Puno
An Indian woman walking
An Indian woman resting
Street Vendor in Puno
Art Deco Side Chapel
Stained glss window over the entrance
Selling votive candels
A View from the Cathedral steps
Clse of of plaza trees
An eye on the (soccer) ball
Watching the Action
Plaza topiary: What is it?
Indian Woman: Note the Long terminal tassels; she is married
The Puno Ginza
In the Square
National College Puno
Motorcycle Cab: Tak Tak
Falun Gong, Puna Peru
Casa Andina: Just outside Puno
In the Reeds at lakeshore
About to dive!
Blue Billed grebe: looks like a duck
Note the frost under the shadow!
Reed boat under the reed dock
Floating redd dock
The surface of the reed dock. fresh reeds!
Morning fost on the reeds mat
Getting to and from Sausi : 2 1/2 hours non stop
A long Goodbye to Puno
Appoaching the floating city of Uros
The reeds around Uros
More reed art
Detail of reed art
The Floating island residences of Uros (the local hospital is the yellow builing to the left
The local school: Adventists?
The Cadillac of reed boats (they called them the Mercedes)
A floating village
A family room on the floating island
Looking over the edge of the floating village. the water is twenty meters deep, the floating platforms 1.5-2 meters deep
A woman on the floating island
A teenage girl on the island
She is married! Note the long tassels
Explaing how the Island was made: My Alma Mater!
10 meter sqaure blocks of reed roots are cut to make the platform for the island
The reed root blocks are tied together. eventually they grow together.
layers of fresh cut reeds are used to surface the islands
Model island house
Model housing for a family. Note the kitchen on a stone slab to prevent fies
Model family: Chief, wife, grandfather
Lake fish: Trout and catfish
Selling their work
Selling their work: I bought this one
A home made duck gun
Detail of he home made duck gun
Solar panels: A gift of President Fujimori!
Everyone must do the wash somewhere
Roselyna signing her work (she has very good handwriting for a six year old
Roselyna; Her Art
Island Taxi. I toured the city
The send off""
Singing. Ended Hasta la Vista BABY!
A waters edge view of the floating platform
Miguel aged 11, working with dad
Big Bird Watchtower
Close up of the school
Fish Watch Tower
The Indian name is Titikaka; The pronounce is Titi Ha Ha
Puma Headed Boats
Building a reed boat
Trout Fish Farm: I takes two moths to raise them to eating size
Puno Penisnsula Headland
Distant rugged lakeshore mountains
Approaching Isla Taquile (named for a person, not the drink)
A Taquie man (Note hat and belt)
A Taquile Man: The style of hat means he is maried. He must make the marriage hat himself
Making a hat
mkaing a hat
Married man's hat on the right; Singleman's hat (white top) on the left
Carding alpaca wool
The hat of a man living with a woman: He gets three tries of three years each then can not marry a woman from the Island. If she becomes pregnant, they must marry. The do not sell condoms on the Island.
Woman weaving: I bough a belt she wove
Punch for Cocoa leaves. Cocoa leaves are exchangesd as a greeting. The leaves must be imported from the other side of the mountains. The larg tassels signify a married man.
A marriage belt: It is a calendar. The colors, texture and form convey meaning.
Detail of a belt I bought
The colorful belt is worn over an inner belt. the wife weaves her hair into the center of the marriage belt.
The marriage belt
A woman weaving
The Skirt: The color of the skirt and the size of the tassels denote maritial staus. Dark colors, big tassels mean married.
Man preparing aloaca wool
A Mint like wild herb: Smells divine
A detergent is made from this herb. It is pounded andmixed with water to make a paste. A samll bit of paste is mixed with water to create a foam that is used to cleanse the aloaca wool. It really works!!
Pounding the herd in a traditional motar
Before and after
The terraced fields for potato and quinoa
A traditional band and dance: Dancer 1 flute and drum
Dancer 2: flute
The Feathered Hat
Eat your heart out Hermes!!
Weaving up close: Note bone implement: We saw many in the Museo Del Oro in Lima
Note the bone implement
A finished belt
The weaver and her husband
On the way to Isla Suasi: The Bolivian Cordilla in the distance
The Bolivian Coordilla over lake Titicaca: laz Paz lies just over the mountains
The Bolivian Cordilla
Welcome to the Eco lodge. part of the Private Collection chain of the Casa Andina Hotel.
The Eco Lodge
The Suite at the Eco Lodge
A View from the Lodge terrace
A View from my room
Hot Water and Electricity at the Lodge is Solar Powered: Solar Panels
Slar water heaters
Boiling Water: It takes 45 minutes.
The Lodge roof: Note Solar panel
The lodge roof
A View over the lodge roof
Lunch al fresco
From the farm
Passion Fruit hanging from the arbor
A walk after lunch
Views along a walk after lunch
A Foundation Species: This grass grows on fallow potato fileds. It is the favorite food of the Vicuna and Alpaca. It is used for rope and tatch
Who are you?
I like my Mom
I do too!
Aren't I beautifil!
A Climb t a hilll top to iew the sunset
Looking back at the Eco Lodge
The Village on the mainland
My Heart is on the Mountain
Tthe summit cairn
A village of wishes. On August first the people f the mainland climb the hill with a stone. With each step they renew ther wish, then build a village of stones
If wishes were stone
Field of dreams
Looking back at a wish and dream come true
East toward Bolivia: See the high Cordilla
Afterglow over the water
On the way back
A wine dark sea
Through the trees
Morning Coffee on the terrace
A morning stroll
The clarity of the Lake Titicaca
The clarity f the Lake Titicaca
Reeds along the beach with water fowl
A Zodiac ride around the Island
Note the vertical aspect of the sedimentary rock
An Hawks nest: Deep with the crevice
Capri on Titicaca
A fine place for a rookery
Guano in process
The Hand of God!
The local Museum relief map of Peru
The site of Eric and my last expeditiom Iquitos to Nauta on the Aqua
The boarder of Peru and Ecudor. Note that Guayaquil lies in a deep bay
Photo of a feeder river to lake Titicaca
TRio Desaguadero. the sole outflow of lake Titicaca
The Kenola of he lake
Lake Titicaca was much deeper. The salt flats of Bolivia left as the lake dried
The Bolivian Salt flats
Mining the Bolivian Salt Flats
Schematic of the dscending level of Lake Titicaca: The level f the Lake has decreased over 3200 meters from its maximun depth
A depth survey of the lake, Note the mountainous eaks surmounted by Isands
The relation of lake Titicaca to theeastward Cordilla of Peru and Columbia
A toally aquatic frog. He never surfaces
On the prowl
Artifcts from the Pre-Inca culture of this region, the Pukara were found on Sausi Island
A thouseand year rule in the high Andes
Pukara Ruins: Not on Sausi Island
Pukara style pottery found on Sausi
Pukara artifacts found on Sausi
Pukara style sculpture found on Sausi
Daily Life Today: Cocoa, Alpaca, weaving and pottery
The local god: The local peole give him a new cigarette each week to fulfll their material wishes
A fine fellow decorated with money and tobacco
Ancient structures: The guide said that anthropolgists identify these as identical to similar strutures in Mongolian dating back 20,000 yearas at the time of the migration across the Bering Strait (needs verification!!!)
The stuctures today
Field of potato blossoms
Cooking Potatoes in the Earth: See Cusco photos of similar strucutructures used to cook potatoes on the Day of the Sun: June 24th
There are many Kinds of Quinoa: Real
Quinoa: Rosa Pankara
Quinoa: blanca de Juli
Naturally freeze dried Potatoes: See Cusco description
Naturally freezed dried potaotoes
Varieties of maize
A Vicuna in the wild
Recyling tin roofs!!
Martha Hidlago , owner of Sausi and orginator of the Eco Lodge and her son
The original Sausi Buildings
Sausi from the air
A Hand Hoe: Typical sausi farm implement