Reblog: Lake Titikaka and the Uros on their floating Islands

I saw a documentary once about a group of indigenous peoples who literally built their islands, their homes, out of reeds.  The Uru or Uros are indigenous to the area of Peru and Bolivia and live on islands in the shared Lake Titicaca.  Currently, they live on approximately 120 man-made floating islands in the lake, and are continuously growing.  The Uru use bundles of dried totora reeds to make reed boats (balsas), and to make the islands themselves.  Smaller islands hold two or three family units while some of the larger islands hold up to ten families.

Over at Rolandomio Travel you can find a post about visiting these innovative people and seeing the floating islands for yourself!  Go check it out!

Uros harvesting totora on Lake Titicaca
Wikipedia: Uros harvesting totora on Lake Titicaca nearby the city of Puno. Image: Christophe Meneboeuf - Personal work:


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  1. pick1solution November 26, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Really interesting. I had never heard of this lifestyle. I must research to gain more insight. Thank you for Sharing.

    1. K D November 27, 2018 at 2:59 pm

      You’re welcome. It’s such an intriguing way of life.

  2. Diana Tyler (la muse excentrique) ☕ November 26, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Kim. This was really interesting to read.

    1. K D November 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      I wonder what people thought the first time one of their tribe decided to begin this project!

      1. Diana Tyler (la muse excentrique) ☕ November 28, 2018 at 11:11 am

        I’ll love to know too, for it’s certainly intriguing!

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