Uros Floating Islands
Uros Floating Islands

Ah the Uros floating islands, pretty fascinating stuff. The Uros people built these floating islands made of bundled totora reeds in order to prevent attacks from hostile Inca neighbors. Obviously these floating islands aren’t needed today and the Uros families living on them make a living from tourism.

They were very friendly and showed us how they make the reeds and maintain the islands. There is a main island with a store and school. They made various handy crafts (similar to what you can find all over Peru). They claimed to make everything themselves right there on the island, but I saw the same stuff in Lima and Cusco so I’m not so sure. It doesn’t really matter because the fact is, buying directly from them made me feel like I was actually contributing to their well being. Our guide told us this kind of life is hard to maintain and many of the Uros people are moving into Puno and other towns to make a living. They just aren’t sure how long the floating islands will be around.

Have you ever been here? Tell us your thoughts.

 

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