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The others went north to the Inca country - Bolivia, Peru and
Lake Titicaca turning away from the modern cities
to find the descendants of ancient Inca civilization.
Eight thousand square miles of water over two miles above sea level Lake Titicaca has been prominent in Inca history and folklore for generations. Wood is scarce at this altitude so the fishermen's boats are woven of balsa reeds. There's always plenty of colour and excitement here on market day. These folks come from miles around to trade their goods and swap some of the local gossip. The styles run to bright-coloured clothes and conservative hats and a rumble seat for the baby. Just the kind of material the artists were after. Their music is strange and exotic melodies handed down from their Inca ancestors. And walking haystacks are right in tempo. These little syncopated burros bear the heavy burdens here because
the more dignified llama will carry us to much and no more.
When his quota is exceeded, that haughty aristocrat of the Andes calmly sits down and refuses to budge. Yes, a llama can make you feel awfully unimportant. All these impressions, together with the local colour that had been absorbed resulted in a little travelogue seeing the land of the Incas
through the eyes of a celebrated North American tourist.
Lake Titicaca is approximately 13,000 feet above sea level. DONALD DUCK: 13,000 feet! NARRATOR: Approximately. At this great height, many visitors are subject to altitude fever, or soroche. DONALD DUCK: Is that so? NARRATOR: The most common symptom is dizziness. DONALD DUCK: Dizziness? Aw, phooey! NARRATOR: Often followed by palpitation of the heart. The ears have a tendency to pop. And a peculiar ringing sound is heard. Fascinating, isn't it? The balsa or basket boat is constructed entirely of reeds tightly bound together. It's built to withstand the fury of the elements. In fact, it seems to be impervious to practically everything except the inquisitive tourist. Crossing the lake is often filled with adventure. A strong wind may arise very suddenly and then stop suddenly.
For the artist in search of local colour the marketplace presents an excellent picture
of village life as shoppers and merchants bustle about the public square.
The precipitous terrain in this region offers no problem to these hearty folk. And we find the people here divided into two classes those who walk against the wind and those who walk with the wind.
Yes, wherever the visitor points his camera he finds a picture fit for framing. The llama, or yama, is an odd-looking individual with considerable personality.
His master, here, exercises complete control over him with a home-made flute.
Let's see how he responds to a few notes upscale. And downscale. Up. Down. Now to a circular pattern. Or reverse.
DONALD DUCK: My, my, my! It's amazing!
NARRATOR: Note how the crude sign language being used by our tourist here is quickly interpreted by this wide-awake youngster.
DONALD DUCK: Gracias. Muchas gracias.