"The Uros Floating Islands on Lake Titicaca" Peru Things to Do Tip by Paul2001
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Like virtually every other tourist traveling through Puno, I took a tour of the Uros Floating Islands (Las Islas Flotantes). Such tours can be a three hour tour from Puno that just includes a couple of islands or a more lengthly tour of the Uros Islands and Taquili Island. I took the latter tour and was quite satisfied but for some minor issues. These tours are very popular and seemed to have lost much of the authenticity with regards to how these people actually live.
The Uros Islands are not quite islands by normal use of the term but large rafts made of reeds by locals who have chosen to live on them. All there homes were also made of these same reeds as were the boats that the local Indians, the Uros, used to paddle about Lake Titicaca.
The tour, which are taken by small boats from Puno, takes you to one of the more touristy islands where you can see how the Uros lived over the centuries. They demonstrate their weaving technics that they used to create there homes and boats. In my opinion this comes across more as an open-air museum than an actual visit to someones home. After the hour long visit to this island, you can if you want, take one of the reed boats to another island and visit some souvenior shops and listen to some local music. I did this and it cost me a couple of sols. On this second island are some actual minicipal buildings such as a school for the children who really do live on these islands.
Except for the abundance of souvenior shops I suppose this was an interesting experience that I do not regret taking. My tour cost about $4.00US so it did not break my budget. The many travel agencies in Puno will arrange for everything.
Apparently some of the Uros still do live on the islands, hence the school. However most of the people that you see here commute from Puno by boat.
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