The floating islands in Lake Titicaca are made from peat and reeds, and they are constantly in flux. The native people of the islands are constantly replacing the reeds, moving the islands and replenishing the area to keep them safe.

When you step on to the island, it sort of feels like you are on a mushy gym mat, which is a little uneasy at first, but you quickly get used to it. There are still plenty of people that live on the island, although I think they are mainly for tourist visits (you can actually stay with a family on one of the islands if you care to do so).

Taquile is a beautiful island about 2 hours from the shores of Puno. They have a large population, consisting of 6 “counties.” They recently erected an elementary and high school, so the kids do not have to boat to the mainland to receive an education. The island has plenty of area for growing vegetables, farming animals and, of course, catering to tourists. We ate at the home of a family, indulging in trout, potatoes and quinoa soup.

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