Travel Bucket List with a Twist #3
Machu Picchu + Lake Titicaca’s floating islands
Machu Picchu has been on my radar for years, and I hope to get to Peru sooner rather than later to see it for myself. How can one not be intrigued by such an extensive ruin, perched as it is high on a craggy mountaintop, hiding in the clouds, and offering dramatic views of steep neighbouring peaks? The scale and inaccessibility of it still blows my mind. It was built by the Incas, who ruled an empire roughly the same size as that of the Romans. Was it a defensive fortress? A summer residence? A type of university even? Nobody knows with any certainty.
But here’s the twist I intend to add to such a Peruvian holiday: I will also visit the man-made floating islands of Lake Titicaca.
Lake Titicaca lies southeast of Machu Picchu and is on the border with Bolivia. The descendants of the Uros people live on over 40 islands made of reeds roped together. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, nestled in the middle of the Andes, so it must be a pretty cold existence much of the time! Initially the Uros constructed the islands so as to live safely out of reach of the Incas. They developed an autonomous lifestyle, living off birds and fish.
Why not add Lake Titicaca to your Machu Picchu plans to make it a bucket list with a twist?
Have any of you ever visited the floating islands? What was your experience of it?