Photographer's Note

In Peru there seemed to be a parade or a party every day. Maybe because they celebrate their national day through most of July. This, however, was a different occasion.

I arrived Puno on the shores of Titicaca late in the evening after a long bus ride from Cuzco. How strange it was to walk past a naval base at almost 4000 meters above sea level. Puno is a hilly and vibrant city like most other cities in Peru. I arrived very much without a plan but was quickly convinced by a Colombian backpacker to sign up for a day trip on the lake. She was right.

First, we went to a very fascinating floating village built on blocks of soil that have to be replaced every 20 years or so. Then we continued to Isla Taquile, where we were lucky to arrive in the middle of a festival. About 2000 people reside there, on the 2nd largest island of the lake. Everyone had gathered on the main square to take part in this event. Taquile has been honored by UNESCO for their unique textile arts.

My point: Lake Titicaca is worth every single second. What a beautiful and diverse region!

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