Floating islands of uros (HALF-DAY)
Guided tour of the Uros community and its floating islands.
We’ll take a short boat ride from Puno to the grouping of about 50 man-made islands on Lake Titicaca, where life happens on the water for their inhabitants. See how the residents of the Uros use the totora reed, an aquatic plant that grows in the lake, to build and maintain their islands, as well as for building family huts, cooking, and to bargain for other goods in the Puno markets. This civilization appeared over 3000 years ago and traditionally spoke the now-extinct Uro Puquina language; Today the population speaks Aymara. Among this island community, you’ll find a garden, primary school, medical center and church that serve the more than 1000 residents. You’ll also see the elaborately-woven, traditional reed boats used by the locals for fishing and transportation to the mainland and from island to island.
INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
- Admission to site
- Snacks and water
- Local expert guide
- Some meals during your free time as mentioned in the itinerary
- Sleeping bags (We have them for rent)
- Gratuities for your guide
We recommend bringing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen for protection from the sun, a jacket for the cooler temperatures in the evening and comfortable walking shoes. Bring some local currency for any last-minute items you might need. Of course, don’t forget your camera!
Experience the local communities on the floating islands of Uros who have called Lake Titicaca their home for centuries. The Uros culture pre-dates that of the Incas, and their position on the water helped to isolate them from the more aggressive Inca and Colla civilizations. Learn how the locals have sustained themselves over the years and maintained their traditional and relatively simple way of life.
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