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UROS FLOATING ISLANDS

UROS FLOATING ISLANDS: Don't just see the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, but also visit the TITICACA NATIONAL RESERVE by boat. Fantastic birds and scenery.

Uros Floating Islands

The Uros people live on about 40 floating islands in lake Titicaca; the islands are made of totora reeds, a subspecies of the Giant Bulrush Sedge. The latter is harvested from the extensive marshes and continuously piled up on top of the existing layers, thus compensating for the continuous decomposition. The Uros Floating Islands may house anywhere from a few to 10 families.

 

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Destinations Overview:  World Heritage Site LimaWorld Heritage Site Cusco, Amazon park Manu National Park World Heritage Site Valle Sagrado/Sacred Valley, World Heritage Site Machu Picchu, Cloud Forest Machu Picchu Sanctuary, Highland wetland Titicaca National Reserve, Uros floating islands, Altiplano wildlife park Salinas & Aguadas Blancas National Reserve, World's second deepest canyon Colca Canyon, Word heritage site Arequipa, World heritage site Nazca Lines, Pampas Galeras National Reserve, San Fernando National Reserve, Paracas National Reserve, Ballestas Islands National Reserve.

 

The Uros bind dried totora into bundles, which are then bound together into canoe shaped rafts, that float on the buoyancy of the reed, rather than on being a watertight vessel. Over the last few decades, they began building artistic rafts to take around tourists.

 

Living on islands, fishing is one of the primary economic activities. While the lake has a variety of native and even endemic fish species, like ispi, carachi and catfish, the introduced trout and kingfish are among the important catches. Families also have one or a few cows or pigs, for which they must bring fodder. Ducks, Gulls and Flamingos are also hunted.

 

Decreed in 1978, the islands are part of the Titicaca National Reserve, 37,000 ha of protected marshes at the Eastern and Northern shores of the lake, respectively Ramis, in the provinces of Huancané and Ramis; and in the province of Puno. The reserve protects over 60 species of aquatic birds, four families of fish and 18 species of amphibians .

 

Titicaca National Reservation: Tourist boat.

Uros: tourist raft at Lake Titicaca.

A typical tourist boat that takes visitors in 40 minutes to the floating islands.

 

The rafts are specially built to take groups of visitors around.

 

Uros: village at floating island on Lake Titicaca.

Uros: Community on floating island.

Typical villages on a Uros islands, where women in traditional clothes welcome visitors.

 

Titicaca National Reservation: Traditional family scene.

Titicaca National Reservation: traditional cooking.

While houses have grown in size a bit, not much has changes over the years. These two pictures of Uros Floating Islands are scans from slides I took in 1975! Probably, the Uros now use metal pots for cooking.

   

Titicaca National Reservation: Only small boats can enter the marshes of the reserve.

Titicaca National Reservation: a traditional uros boat.

While the original reed boats can still be found, the Uros now use small motorized row-boat-type boats for their day to day use.

 

On this boat on land, one can see how the much thicker bottom bundles actually serve as floaters so that the user can stay dry.

 

Climatological Information for Juliaca, Peru

Location of weather station : 15.5 S, 70.0 W, altitude : 3825 m

 

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Mean Maximum
Temperature
(deg. C)

1961-1990

16.7

16.7

16.5

16.8

16.6

16.0

16.0

17.0

17.6

18.6

18.8

17.7

Mean Minimum
Temperature
(deg. C)

1961-1990

3.6

3.5

3.2

0.6

-3.8

-7.0

-7.5

-5.4

-1.4

0.3

1.5

3.0

Rainfall Amount (mm)

1961-1990

133.3

108.7

98.5

43.3

9.9

3.1

2.4

5.8

22.1

41.1

55.3

85.9

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