torsdag den 16. januar 2014

Lake Titicaca or Titiqaqa



Puno bus station five o'clock in the morning


Puno harbour 




Titiqaqa  
the highest navigable lake in the world


3810 meter above sea level 


8640 squarekilometers 
borders to Peru and Bolivia


a reed island 
about five families live on this artificial island 



on each island is a handful of solar collectors
to produce electricity for TV, radio, light 


the inhabitants on the small islands live from tourism 




take us on a trip in a reed boat 




it takes a lot of strength for the reed boatman  



45 kilometers from Puno the island Taquile is located
around 2500 people live there



since 1937 and until 20 years ago 
the island was independent 


money wasn't used in this period
the inhabitants traded with one another for what they needed  
when men greeted each other it was through trade of cocaleaves
the leaves were only used for prevention and cure of diseases



 we got muña to inhale to relieve the walk 
the steep way to the top 
also used for tee and spice
medical, against indigestion   


the town hall on the very top of Taquile






and the town hall square


the Taquileños grow the potatoes Lisa, Chuno and Moraya
on the terraces


three of 300 sorts there are grown in the area 
around Titiqaqa




Taquile harbour



copyright on all pictures
Michael Habel 

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