Some of the most rewarding cultural interactions from Peru happened in the area around Lake Titicaca. This area is home to a wide variety of cultural and indigenous groups, each with very distinct culture and traditions. The experience that continues to stick out in my mind (among others) came on Christmas Eve, when we visited the Uros Floating Islands. I happened to bring along my old Polaroid SX-70 instant camera, and one of the woman asked me what it was. When I explained that it took “instant” photos, she begged me to take a portrait of her. Once the other women saw her photo, I was immediately surrounded and quickly blew through the ten-exposure pack. It was really priceless, and it was a great feeling that for that moment I wasn’t just another Gringo tourist ‘taking’ photos, but that I was able to give something (small) back as well.
Three children sitting on the stone archway on the top of Taquile Island.Another highlight was staying with Felix Turpo Coila and his wife in their home in the tiny rural community of Llachon on the Capachica Peniunsula. They were warm and friendly, cooked us wonderful food, and Felix’s smile was always so big as in the photo. When we left Llachon, Felix arrange our transportation to Isla Taquile via a small fishing boat, which was yet another colorful experience that I will remember for a long time.

Felix Turpo Coila and his wife

Felix Turpo Coila and his wife

Uros Girl with Polaroid

Uros Girl with Polaroid

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