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Day 8 - We finally left the on our day tour trough the waters and islands of Titicaca after more than half an hour waiting for out boat (a riot of street vendors protesting against the mayor's decision to take them out of the streets and put them on a market outside the city paralyzed all the transportation and damaged some commerce in downtown delaying all tour operators that day). We were a bit disappointed as our agent in Puno had told us that we would be a group of no more than 10 which in fact didn't proceed, we were almost 20. As I wasn't feeling so well we took our sits upstairs, the day was a little cold but as the sun was up It was very pleasant. The view was stunning and I was so impressed with the beauty around me that I guess I forgot how sick I was! The blue is intense, the water and the sky, and its contrast with the brown mountains around and the golden totoras that sometimes form like-roads inside the lake make it even more impressive. In the WS you can have an idea of the view we have on the upper part of the boat, if you do this trip I strongly advised you to take your place outside, the view sorely compensates the cold and sun you'll get.

"Lake Titicaca is the highest commercially navigable lake in the world, at 3,812 m (12,507 feet) above sea level. It is also South America's largest freshwater lake, with a surface area of approximately 8372 square kilometers.
Located in the Altiplano high in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia, at 16°S 69°W, Titicaca has an average depth of between 107 m[3], and a maximum depth of 281 m. The western part of the lake belongs to the Puno Region of Peru, and the eastern side is located in the Bolivian La Paz Department.
More than 25 rivers empty into Titicaca, and the lake has 41 islands, some of which are densely populated.
Titicaca is fed by rainfall and melted water from glaciers on the sierras that abut the Altiplano. It is drained by the Desaguadero River, which flows south through Bolivia to Lake Poopó. This accounts for less than five per cent of the lake's water loss, however, the rest being accounted by evaporation as a result of strong winds and sunlight at this altitude." (extracted from wikipedia)

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