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Once again a kind of "cliche" shot.

Here is the view one has from the Taquilé island on the Titicaca lake. The Taquilé island is in the middle of the peruvian part of the lake - it takes a couple of hours on the boat to reach it from Puno.

I know the view is quite common, yet it has something fascinating: the fact that the little hilltops that emerge from the sea, the bright sun, the deep blue water of the mighty lake, all elements contribute to that feeling that your somewhere on the coast in a southern country in Europe. But what about the snowy peaks in the very far background? The idea that these hills are indeed among the highest mountains of the world, that this lake is the highest and biggest lake of the world, that this water which looks appealing to us might prove to be a couple of degrees, is very amusing to me. Around the Titicaca lake there stands the Cordillera Royal, and some of its peaks oversee our Mont Blanc from more than a bowshot! yet viewed from an island on the lake it seems remote, moved, and one can easily forget the "altura" - at night it freezes, and moreover it's winter time!

Titicaca should be pronounced "ti-ti-ra-ra" in the indian tongue - something like "mighty tiger" or the like of it.

People have been arguing for ages and still will be about the real owner of the lake since it's shared by Peru and Bolivia. In the end locals say that the biggest part belongs to Peru, the nicest to Bolivia. And everyone seems happy with it. Or are they?


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