- It’s challenging to compare and contrast all the incredible adventures you’ll encounter on this program. However, we’ve definitely saved one of the very best for last.
- Today kicks off as we board our boat for an excursion on the famed Lake Titicaca.
- From this uncommon setting, unique communities and cultures have emerged, demonstrating an incredible resourcefulness and adaptability.
- Today’s excursion presents an excellent opportunity for cultural immersion and forging surprising personal connections with people whose lives are wholly unlike yours.
- We’ll begin with a visit to the floating reed Islands of the Uros Indians.
- It’s astonishing, really, how the Uros people live in communities totally interwoven with the ‘totora’ reed, which grows abundantly in the shallows of the lake.
- You’ll be surprised by their eagerness to meet you and to share their culture.
- From their creatively-designed boats to their durable woven housing, from their traditional clothing to their distinctive artwork, this is an unforgettable opportunity for cultural engagement and creative inspiration.
- Next, we will visit Taquile, “the weavers’ island.”
- Across the centuries, the indigenous community on Taquile has conserved many of the customs of the old lake population, such as a communitarian life where everything is shared.
- You’ll see men walking around the island, busy knitting the characteristic woolen caps they wear.
- Many women are busy weaving the time-honored clothing attributed to their traditional way of life.
- These caps and clothing are regarded as the most beautiful of Peru.
- Throughout the day, you’ll be struck by the deep, earthy-red color of the soil, and how, in the strong highland sunlight, it contrasts magnificently against the deep blue of Lake Titicaca. Add to that the breathtaking backdrop provided by the snowcapped Cordillera Real and you complete a splendid picture.
- Tonight, over our farewell dinner, we’ll reflect on all the connections and discoveries we’ve made, all the amazing adventures we’ve had and unforgettable sights we’ve seen. We’ll feel a bit of shock as we realize how quickly time can pass, and we’ll start making plans to do it all again next summer.