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Peru: Isla Uros
09 Feb 2014

The floating islands of Lake Titicaca are definitely a sight to be seen. The locals of Isla Uros built their islands using reeds and dirt and holy crap it take a lot of work. The concept is fairly simple (dirt bottom layer and then criss-crossing layers of reeds stacked one atop another) but they have to continually maintain their islands and every twenty years or so build brand new ones. It makes you wonder why they do it (spoiler: the answer likely largely has to do with tourism).

Arrival

Feb 09, 2014

from Puno, Peru

Departure

Feb 10, 2014

to Copacabana, Bolivia

Weather (Celcius)

Elevation (m)

Boat Tour to Uros

Sunday, February 09, 2014 09:32

30 soles for the tour.

  • Lake Titikaka. Titi in Aymara means puma. Kaka is Quechua means great color or a stone.
  • The lake looks like a puma catching a chinchilla.
  • Small lake is a chinchilla.
  • The reeds on the lake are edible and used to make the islands. The white part beneath the water is edible.
  • White part of reeds is the “fruit of the uros”, or “banana” because of how it’s peeled.
  • They cut blocks of earth from beneath the lake using a giant saw.
  • These blocks float and form the foundation.
  • They put 2-3 meter eucalyptus posts into the earth and then tie them together to create islands.
  • The materials for the islands have to be replaced about once a year.
  • The islands are anchored beneath the lake. Eight anchors on the one we’re on.
  • Every month they add a new layer of reeds.
  • Every eighteen to twenty years they make a new island.
  • They have solar-powered tvs and radioa.
TimeLocation
9:10AMIn our shuttle from Hostal Margarita.
9:34AMOn the boat!
9:40AMOn our way.
10:10AMAt the islands.
11:01AMOn a local boat getting rowed around the islands for 10 soles each.
11:39AMOn our way back.
12:08PMBack.

Sunday, February 09, 2014 10:42

Sunday, February 09, 2014 10:10

Scale Model

Sunday, February 09, 2014 10:22

This is a model of the islands and how they’re structured.

"Banana"

Sunday, February 09, 2014 10:37

The locals eat this part of the reed by peeling it and chewing the center.

Sunday, February 09, 2014 10:39

Local Boat

Sunday, February 09, 2014 10:59

These boats largely made of reeds and wood are capable of transporting 30 people.

Sunday, February 09, 2014 11:16

Floating Market

Sunday, February 09, 2014 11:22

Sunday, February 09, 2014 11:22

Arrival

Feb 09, 2014

from Puno, Peru

Departure

Feb 10, 2014

to Copacabana, Bolivia