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Lake Titicaca borders Peru and Bolivia and is a very common stop when crossing the border. It is the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable lake in the world. The most outstanding thing about Lake Titicaca are the floating islands and the people who live there. There are about 4,000 people living on the islands in the middle of the lake. The daily life and history of the inhabitants of the Uros of Lake Titicaca is interesting and very different from others in the world.

Small totora platforms stand out among the intense blue of the Peruvian part of Lake Titicaca, near the bay of Puno. They are the artificial floating islands of the Uros, an ancestral people that lives in small communities in the middle of the highest navigable lake in the world.

The yellowish islets in which these inhabitants raise their houses are built with a type of reed called totora that grows in the water. Uros collect their roots when they come to the surface, in the rainy season, cut large blocks and join them until they form a floating island that can last up to 23 years.

 

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Located at an altitude of 3,800 meters, the lake in which the Uros live is surrounded by mysticism. Titicaca - which means stone puma - is according to legend the place from which emerged Viracocha, the Sun God, who in turn sent Manco Cápac to found the prosperous Inca culture in Cuzco.

The uros, on the other hand, were one of the first cultural formations of the Altiplano and its origin goes back to the pre-Inca period. According to some theories came from Bolivia but migrated to the coastal areas after major droughts occurred between 900 and 1,200 AD.

At first they lived on the mainland but decided to build floating islands to avoid being conquered by the Tiahuanacos, Collas and Incas. In addition, they discovered that in the middle of the lake they had more means of survival thanks to hunting and fishing. Their original language, the pukina, was lost and they adopted Aymara, who continue to speak with In each island live between five and seven families that subsist thanks to hunting and fishing that then sell or change in the market of Puno. In addition, they make beautiful and colorful embroidery and totora crafts that they sell to tourists who visit them.

Also the houses and some of the boats that use are made with totora, plant that also eat and use as medicine. The houses, rectangular in shape, are small, one-room dwellings where the whole family sleeps.

As for the boats, which may even have two floors, they take about six months to build and can be used for about seven years. "In 1947, the expedition of the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl traveled 4,700 miles between Peru and French Polynesia in a raft similar to those built by the Uros," says José. 

 

Lake Titicaca Hotels Peru

  • Titicaca Lodge Peru: Offers accommodation on one of the artificial Uros floating islands, just 5 km from Puno. The property is 8 km from Lake Titicaca.
  • Uros Samaraña Uta Lodge: Offering a sun terrace and views of the mountain, Uros Samarana Uta Lodge is located in Puno. Lake Titicaca is 7 km away.
  • Uros Titicaca Lodge: Is built on the floating islands of the Uros, 30 minutes by boat from the Puno coast, and offers accommodation on the highest navigable lake in the world.
  • Uros Qhota Uta Lodge: Offers accommodation on one of the floating islands of Lake Titicaca. The port of Puno is 5 km away. The accommodations are equipped with a living-dining area.
  • Uros Aruma Uro: Located on the floating island of the Uros, on Lake Titicaca. It offers accommodation with views of the lake.
  • Uros Summa Paqari Lodge: Located on the floating island of Uros in Puno, 7 km from Lake Titicaca. The port of Puno is 5 km away. The rooms have a shared bathroom.
  • Chaska Wasi Amantani: Offering a terrace and views of the mountain, Chaska Wasi Amantani is located in Ocosuyo, 1.5 km from Amantaní Island. Some units have a balcony and / or patio overlooking the lake.
  • Luquina Utama Lodge: Offers accommodation in Luquina, Cucuito Peninsula. Puno is 23 km away. Free Wi-Fi is available.
  • Uros Qhantany Lodge: Located on Lake Titicaca, on the floating islands of the Uros, 5 km off the coast of Puno. The coast of Puno is 30 minutes away by boat.
  • Uros Waliski Lodge: Offers accommodation on the shores of Lake Titicaca in Puno. A free breakfast is served daily. Guests can enjoy the restaurant and bar.

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