This illustrated book with a unique story will introduce your child into the world of Kusikiy, a boy living on a small island in Lake Titicaca with his family. Laying the foundations for knowledge of the area and culture whilst also learning about environmental impacts to the world will get them geared up to discover Taquile Island, with breathtaking views of the lake and Andes.
(Kusikiy a Child from Taquile, Peru by Mercedes Cecilia £10.89 Suitable for ages 4-10)
Lake Titicaca is believed to be a mysterious and sacred place. According to Inca mythology, Inti the sun god, created Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo on Isla del Sol, the first humans to walk on earth in Lake Titicaca. Thus the birthplace of the Incas. Manco Cápac is believed to have not only created but also ruled the legendary Machu Picchu for decades. Enchant the children with this mystic tale followed by a visit to Isla del Sol (Sun Island) where you can see the supposed footprints created by the sun when he landed to create them.
On your trip:
Step onto an island like no other! The Uros, indigenous people pre-dating the Incas have lived on man-made floating islands for centuries. The islands made from tortora reed found locally are used along with mud to create the waterproof base. Discovering this form of living is exciting for all ages, as you are given the impression of walking on a waterbed, while also learning about the culture. Your child is sure to tell all their friends about this cool floating world.
Your little one won’t be able to contain their excitement as they ride along the glistening lake aboard a reed boat. Made from the same torora reed plant used to create the floating islands, this is certainly a ride to remember. Peer over the sides and you might just catch a glimpse of the Inca city, lost beneath the shores of the emerald lake.
Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable body of water in the world, so it can be very common to get altitude sickness. The best way to prevent this is to have a slow ascent to Lake Titicaca, however Ibuprofen can help prevent headaches as well as being hydrated. If in doubt speak to your local GP for further information.
Whilst visiting the floating reed islands, take some snacks with you, particularly if your little bubba enjoys fruits. Living on a man-made island means that the diet of the Uros people does not include fruits and is primarily made up of fish and birds such as seagulls, ducks and flamingos.