Uros Floating Islands

Native people of Floating islands of the Uros - Ethno Pictures
Photos © J. Mazzotti

 

UROS FLOATING ISLANDS

Hundreds of the years ago the Uros people created these floating islands - made of Totora reed - by stacking one reed on top of another until a stable platform was built. They lived on these islands as they sailed around the lake to fish or hunt for their food. You can still see the Uros today, living as if they had floated through time.

There are approximately 63 artificial islands floating in Lake Titicaca (3,810 m.a.s.l.), each inhabited by between 3 and 5 Uro-Ayamara families. A family usually builds its housing, hut knitted in totora (rush or cane), with waterproof roofs against the rain, but existing in its interior great humidity for what is frequent that they suffer from rheumatism at short age. Each family also knits these islands and they are held to the bottom of the lake.

The main islands include Kantati, Flamengo (Flamingo), Pachamama, Suma Wiljpa, Tupiri, Santa María, Tribuna, Toranipata, Chumi and Paraíso (Paradise). The Uros describe themselves as the Kotsuña, "the lake people", with origins that stretch back to pre-Inca times. They still fish in the traditional manner, especially for carachi and the smelt, and they also hunt wild birds. The men are skilled sailors of totora reed rafts and the women are expert weavers. The cold and dry climate, typical of the region, is produced by bodies of water that are constantly evaporating.

The visit to the floating islands of the Uros can be combined with visits to Taquile and or Amantaní Islands in a full day program. Visiting Hours : Mon - Sun: 8.30 am - 5.00 pm., admission fee.

Location : 7 Km offshore east of the port of Puno, (20 minutes by boat).

Uros Floating Islands

  • Floating islands of the Uros

    Floating islands of the Uros

    © J. Mazzotti

  • Floating islands of the Uros

    Reed-boat in Floating islands of the Uros

    © J. Mazzotti

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