Bear macaque on Isla de los Monos

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sat, 03/28/2020 - 10:26

Lago Catemaco is the third largest natural freshwater lake in Mexico; it is located in the state of Veracruz. In Lago Catemaco there are two larger and over ten smaller and very small islands. Macaques, whose species are native to Thailand, live on Isla de los Monos today. We visited the small island by boat and were able to observe and take pictures of the macaques from the lake.


The Moon-Island in Lake Titicaca

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 12/08/2019 - 14:17
The area on Lake Titicaca was originally a settlement area of ​​the Aymara Indians and the Incas. In and around the lake are the legacies of these cultures to find as well as on the approximately 100 acres Isla de la Luna (Moon Island), which is also known as Isla Koati. According to legend, on this "holy" island of the Incas, Wiracocha ordered the moon to ascend to heaven.

The Sun-Island in Lake Titicaca

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 12/08/2019 - 13:24
Although the sun was scarce on our Copacabana Bolivia boat trip to the "Sun-Island", traveling to the place where, according to legend, Inca mythology began, it was impressive. The Inca Garcilaso de la Vega describes that on the sunny island, siblings Manqu Qhapaq and Mama Uqllu at the ritual stone Titiqaqa emerged from the waters of Lake Titicaca. They are considered Adam and Eve of the Inca culture.

The floating islands of the Urus

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 12/08/2019 - 12:00
Some 100 of the approximately 2000 Urus still live on the almost 50 floating islands on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca near Puno. The islands are made of Totora reeds, which also serve as building material for their boats. The Urus live on fishing and tourism. The small replicas of their "dragon boats" made of reeds, we have gladly bought as souvenirs and paid a corresponding Obolus for the photographs.

Kitesurfing in Barra

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 11/17/2019 - 18:30
Portugal's north has impressive beaches near Aveiro. The flat wide sandy coast of Barra is ideal for kitesurfing and in good weather conditions you can see the surfers fly over the waves. The city has an impressive lighthouse. In the nearby town of Costa Nova, it is then more contemplative - the colorful houses of the side streets and the equally colorful but striped houses of the promenade have always been a magnet for tourists.