"Whatcha got there?"
When visiting Lake Titicaca in Puno, Peru, in March, my husband and I decided that we wanted to spend a day getting off the beaten path, exploring some of the small towns around the lake that most tourists skip. We grabbed our cameras, hired a guide, and were on our way! We told the guide to take us to a town where we could see what a typical day was like for people living at 12,000+ feet around Lake Titicaca, and he chose the town of Lampas near Juli. At one point, our gregarious guide asked if we wanted to stop by his friend's house to really get a sense of rural Peruvian daily life, and of course we jumped at the chance! This was his friend's daughter, and she charmed us all. She was fascinated with my camera, and it thrilled her when I took a photo of her and showed it to her on the camera's screen. The day spent exploring Lampas and Juli with our wonderful guide was the highlight of our visit to the Lake Titicaca area - not something I'll soon forget.