Uros: The Floating People

Piles of totora reeds are the foundations of their artificial floating islands on the Lake Titicaca. The islanders also use the reeds to build their houses and boats, and they even eat the springy reeds. The Uros people have made and lived in these spongy islands for thousands of years.

Views from an observation platform on the floating island:

Some homes are powered by solar panels like this one (to the left):

The Uros people live grouped in family units.

Watch out where you walk because the surface can not be firm underfoot.

Views of the interior of one-room hut where an entire family lives:

The Uros people also build boats or gondolas with fanciful dragon heads:

Far away, on the horizon, the Uros islands seem to be yellow spots mingled with the blue water of the Lake.

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Traditional clothing in Lake Titicaca


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2 Responses to Uros: The Floating People

  1. Haven´t you been to the Uros Islands yet?

  2. rocio says:

    It might be very interesting walking in there

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