We were met first thing by Alexander, our friendly guide for the next two days on Lake Titikaka. He had arranged for 3 rickshaws - those tricycle taxi things you normally associate with India. A distinct lack of planning led to Jane and I being in one, Joe and Tilly in another and Alexander in the third. There was a lot of grunting and groaning from our driver/cyclist as we weaved in and out of the the heavy, fast moving rush hour traffic. The main road to the harbour is straight but downhill and we experimented in finding the terminal of a rickshaw with 2 large British tourists and a little Peruvian driver.
On arriving at the harbour we were shown onto our boat which was a bit like one of those pleasure cruisers on the Thames with comfortable coach seats and an upstairs deck area. We soon headed off for a one hour cruise to get to the floating islands of Uros. Alexander explained about how they made them and how these people lived on a mud and reed made island floating on a lake that is 15m deep at that point.
We met Norma and her family who showed us their handicrafts which were very beautiful. We bought a baby mobile and a small rug to hang on the wall.
We then had a short trip on a Kon Tiki type boat (the one Thir Heyerdahl made to go across the Pacific) across the lagoon between the floating islands.
What I liked was that we were actively discouraged from just giving money or tipping for being shown something. If we wanted to "give" them anything then we should buy some of their handicrafts which were very good. We then set off for Amantani where we were to stay the night with a local family - quite a scary prospect!