Uru people, who live on these floating islands, use totora reeds to build houses, boats, and the floating islands. The bottom layers of the reeds will be rotten away and the new layers will be placed on top in order to keep the "island" float safely. Tourism has been a main source of income for these people.
Visiting Peru/Bolivia has been my dream. To have finally made it was more than thrilling. I simply loved every scenary I saw during this 19-day trip. Ollantaytambo, our jump off city to Machu Picchu, is a tiny, charming, friendly ancient town; it is also famed for its terraced fortress. Very much worth a visit.
The Machu Picchu citadel itself is as spectacular and mesmerizing as its surrounding tall moutains with clouds. The sheer size of it was overwhelming - something to be experienced in person in order to feel its magnificence, The picture alone can't convey it.
The splendor of Cusco was a very pleasant surprise to me. This is one city in South America that I would intentionally get lost in the narrow cobblestone streets.
Amazon Medical Mission Trip - my first and hopefully won't be my last medical trip. Amazon River is still as mysterious as before I visited. Its width and length are just unbelievable.