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Lake Titicaca – Floating Island in Peru

Friday, April 19, 2013
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Lake Titicaca is an amazing unspoilt part of the world, a lake in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia. The tradition of living on the water began hundreds of years ago when people started creating islands in order to escape paying taxes to the Inca empire. Nowadays, they continue living there as they know no other life.  The Uros began their floating lifestyle about two centuries before the Spanish conquest. While the Incas were busy empire-building, the group marched to the lake. The Uros had lived on the shores until then, but with the advancement of Inca armies they took refuge, hiding in the reeds.

When someone needs to create a new island, their first step is to head over to the shoreline of the lake where reeds grow very densely. Using a saw, they cut off a chunk of the matted roots to serve as the base of their island. The base is then hauled into position with boats. The matted roots are around one meter thick.

In order to prevent the island from moving, it is anchored into position using ropes and long poles.  It can move during storms or high winds, but will be towed back into position and re anchored.You will see everything from traditional fishermen in their rowboats placing their nets at night and retrieving them in the morning to local villagers gathering reeds on their donkeys to build their floating islands and homes…There is a church, only opened a few days a year, where you can receive wishes if you walk 3 times around it – counter clockwise!! In the evening you will be equipped in local traditional clothes, before you go to a party in the city hall. Music and dance with the locals. It is primitive and basic and takes you back to the 18th century, that is why we absolutely love it!

Stay at Tililaka Lago Titicaca Hotel in Puno and enjoy a selection of excursion they offer!! An adventure not to miss!

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  1. Runescape gold says:

    hi!this is very good website!

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