|One night in Aguas Calientes after the hike. This was the view from our swanky hotel room, which we got for free through Airtreks travel agency. Holler!|
|This exceeded our expectations one million times over. The hotel (El Mapi) also gave us a free pisco sour upon arrival, free dinner and free breakfast buffet! We couldn't have asked for any better.|
|The Inka king statue in the Plaza de Armas in Aguas Calientes (each city seems to have its own Plaza de Armas).|
He looks like a bird trainer with those pigeon friends of his.
|On the road again, headed to Puno on the second floor of the bus. |
We got the best seats in the house, panoramic view, front seat.
|In the middle of nowhere.|
|Sunset in Puno.|
|On a boat on Lake Titikaka.|
|Uros, a collection of 44 manmade floating islands in Lake Titikaka. They've been inhabited for thousands of years.|
|Boats made out of the dried natural grasses in the lake. These were built for tourists, but they are |
simply fancier versions of the traditional boats they use for transportation here.
|The grass is used for everything, even a nice cool snack.|
|Inside one of the huts (built with the grass). There were clothes piled everywhere, |
but they seem to be doing okay. That radio was playing...
|They of course tried to sell us their handicrafts. It gets very old after a while, as you can't buy something |
from everyone and you start to feel bad. Even the children are salespeople.
|Floating on the island. Bench made out of grass...|
|On top of the tourist boat, which Monica and I didn't go on.|
|Sheep owned by our hosting family.|
|A chick on the loose.|
|Fried cheese and potatoes lunch made for us by our host family. They eat tons of potatoes.|
|Muna (there should be a tilde over the "n" but I can't figure it out right now). A delicious plant they use as an herbal tea. It tastes a lot like mint and it settles your stomach.|
|Monica explaining what tres is. The little girl said she was tres (years old), but she held up four fingers.|
|View from the top of the island we were on.|
|Sunset was so peaceful here.|
|Look closely at the way they constructed that arch.|
|Leaving Amantani for our third island, Taquile (not tequila!).|
|Our new friend and roommate, Lulu, and a pup from the island.|
|The small market on Taquile.|
|Monica with three buddies in the history museum in Puno.|