Cusco

Island Hopping Around Perú

Stephanie Barnaba is a student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and an ISA Featured Photo Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Cusco, Peru.

I recently spent a weekend island hopping around Puno and Lake Titicaca while on an excursion with ISA.  This trip was filled with once in a lifetime experiences and gorgeous views from mountaintops.  Here are some pictures from the weekend:

We visited four islands that were each uniquely different and each had their own quiet beauty.  When we arrived at the first island, Paramis, we had the opportunity to fish with the locals on Lake Titicaca:

View of lake

View of the blue water in the lake from the island

Rowboat Captain

One of our row-boat captains

Later that evening we had a huge bonfire on the side of the island, and danced under the brightest and most breath-taking starry night sky I have ever seen.

Bonfire

We danced and told stories around the bonfire

Kittens on Paramis Island

A litter of newborn kittens in the house where we ate our meals

Paramis Island

The morning sun glistens on the lake on Paramis Island

The next day, as the morning sun rose over the lake, we set sail for the second island, Uros, which also happened to be a floating reed island.  Here, we took a ride in a reed boat, and learned how an island of reeds is constructed to stay afloat.

Uros Island

A group of students on a reed boat, Uros Island

We only enjoyed the reed island for about an hour before sailing off to the third island, Amantaní, where we were greeted by the local people with necklaces made of the Cantuta, the national flower of Peru.

Cantuta Flower on Amantani Island

A Handful of Cantuta Flower

That evening, we trekked the steepest hike of my life, and watched the amazing sunset over Lake Titicaca on the mountaintop.

Hiking on Amantani Island

Archway along the hiking trail

Sunset

Incredible sunset over Lake Titicaca

Dusk on Amantani Island

Dusk on the lake

On the final day, we visited the beautiful island of Taquile, and as for any good view, we had to hike for it.

Lake Titicaca and the Taquile Island can be seen through the archway

Lake Titicaca and the Taquile Island can be seen through the archway

Our trip was completed with lunch overlooking this fantastic view, followed by a dip in the lake!

 Lunch spot on top of the island

Lunch spot on top of the island

Lunch: fresh Trucha (trout) with lime!

Lunch: fresh Trucha (trout) with lime!

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