Visit the Floating Islands of Uros

We have written about the Uros Trip many times and that is because it is an important place for tourists. This one of a kind settlement is visited by tourists from all over the world. The Uros is a collection of floating islands that forms a town of fisherman and hunters. They have chosen to remain secluded from the mainstream society in order to protect their lifestyle and culture. In fact, a theory that has been put forward suggests that they may have chosen to live on the lake just to escape the colonial settlements.

Why do the people of Uros live on floating islands?

During the 16th century, when the Spanish arrivals found the settlement, the people of Uros lived on rafts that floated from one end of the lake to the other. In the 1960s, the people of Uros began to build artificial totora islands.

The totora is extremely important for the people of Uros. It is not only used to build rafts and houses, but is also used to feed livestock and animals. What’s more, the same totora is used to build fire and prepare food as well. They live a sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle that is completely missing in today’s world. Most of the Uros now depend on the tourism industry, and allow travelers to witness their unique lifestyle. The money they earn helps their children to seek better lives on the mainland.

How to take this trip?

If you are planning to take this tour, you will first need to arrive in Puno. All transfers and pickups are from Puno, and we advise you to book hotels in Puno well in advance. If you are taking the Uros trip, you will have to make sure to bring the following: a good sunscreen cream, swimming trunks, warm clothes and hand sanitizer, You might also want to bring your camera, flashlight, and other accessories that you may need. For any additional help, do not hesitate to contact us today.

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Jude C

I am a travel enthusiast who has closely worked with different communities. My interests range from alternative rock to English literature. I also happen to love cats a lot.

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