Our new family in Lake Titicaca
We just returned to city life, following our stay with our host family sisters in their village farmhouse on the banks of Lake Titicaca.
Lake Titicaca which sits 3,811 m above sea level is the highest navigable lake in the world. For over 2000 years many cultures flourished living in and around the lake. The lake was was considered to be a sacred place for the Incan civilisation, as they believed it to be the origin of the world.
Lakeside dwellers today consider themselves to be some of the oldest civilisations in the world, continuing customs and traditions which originated from their ancient descendants. Most still lead basic lives relying on fishing and farming. The village we stayed in farm mostly root vegetables and the community all work together sharing any prosperity amongst the group.
The people all work incredibly hard and we got a sense for just how hard life can be witnessing the daily life of Maritza the eldest of the family's 8 siblings. Maritza's mother passed away two years ago when she was only 17. Since then she has taken on the mother role for her six sisters and one brother. Maritza does an amazing job filling the gap in her family especially for the little girls Kati and Ruot who are only 3 and 8. She was also a wonderful host, preparing delicious meals from the simple ingredients and making us feel very much at home.