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We left San Francisco on September 7th 2008 and are off to see the world in our Tayana 37 Pilot House cutter.
Active Transport's Photos - Overnight with a native family on Amantani Island
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This was the last photo I took on the island but it really says a lot about the whole experience.  The woman on the left is Marylou who was our "Mama" for our stay in her home.  I think the lady on the right is her mother but can
When we left Puno we saw what must certainly be the largest ship operating on lake Titicaca, the highest navigable body of water in the world.
Our boat looked very nice on the inside but it ws incredibly primitive.  The smell of gasoline was overpowering at times.  The boat had no transmission so when the engine was running the prop was turning.  There was no reverse.  So when they approached a dock the skipper cut the engine and a crewmember poled the boat up to the dock with a tree branch kept on the foredeck for that purpose.
Here is the stern of our craft for the voyage on Lake Titicaca.  The detail that is important in this picture is that the rudder shaft is made from rebar (the kind of steel rod used to reinforce concrete.)   We saw a lot of creative uses of rebar all over south america.
Soreside the island was primative at best.  Walking up the hill to the house we stayed in was a real obstacle course.  One was left with the impression that the fences between the houses on this island have been there for a very long time.
Here is a shot of the kitchen at Marylou
Guides on these tours have a way of cooking up activities that exhaust the tour members.  This is probably a very good way to render us managable.  On the island our afternoon activity was a hike to the top of the big hills on the island where there were temples to pachamama and pachatata (mother and father earth).  These temples are still in use and the people who live here conduct ceremonies that are intended to provide a good harvest.  Then they trot themselves down the hill to the catholic church.  Talk about hedging your bets.
Here is the door to our room.  That is shawn on the other side.  john could not get into the room without removing his backpack first.  Our assumption was that the adobe walls could not support the roof if they cut a full height door in the wall.
This was our room.  The beds were thin mattresses resting platforms made of the same reeds as the floating islands.  Not real comfortable but the freezing cold distracted us from the hard mattresses.  there was a light bulb on one wall and a switch near the door but as far as we could tell the only electricity on the entire island was provided to the party hall by a generator owned by the proprietor of the hall.
before our hike up the hill Marylou escorted us up to the central plaza where people staying in various other homes assembled.
this is one of the public buildings on the central square
The walk out of town took us by a lot of interesting sights.
This is a clever idea we have seen many places in Peru.  Its a combination soccer and basketball goal in a school yard
I suppose the hike was not all that long but it sure kicked the crap out of us.  Remember we were at about 12,500 feet.
If you owned a house with this view in California you would have paid many millions of dollars for it.  From many directions we could see the snow capped andes towering above the lake.
 
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