Uros Reed Islands

By Thalie and Luke  Uros  The Uros people were living on the hills around Lake Titicaca but they moved to the lake and made floating islands because another tribe came before the Incas and wanted to make them slaves. They now speak Aymara but used to have their own Uros language. The last speaker of […]

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Lake Titicaca

Ah, Lake Titicaca. A most important lake. Many titles. It is the highest navigable body of water in the world, at 12,507 feet, or 3,812 meters. There are about a dozen higher bodies of water, but they are two small or shallow for a boat. The Andean and Inca people believe it as the birthplace […]

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The stone mine

By Luke We went to a stone mine quarry.  It is where poor people in Peru work.  They start working when they’re really young – the youngest worker is six years old!  The oldest is 82 years old.  In the stone quarry they make bricks out of white stone. The imperfect ones are only sold […]

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Markets

We have been to some incredible markets in the last 3 months, but have been poor on posting images as we’ve been rather overwhelmed by the volume of photos we’ve taken.  But I’ve taken myself in hand, and here are just a few of our favorites from Ecuador and Peru. Freshest fruit ever in the […]

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Juanita: The Frozen Mystery

Today we went to see the frozen mummy Juanita, the ice maiden. She is almost perfectly preserved, save her eyes, lips, and the cartilage of her nose. It all began when Miguel Zárate was the guide on an expedition of the mountain Nevado Ampato (which is 6310 meters tall) where hefound strange wooden artifacts, exposed […]

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