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Uros Floating Islands, Puno

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To witness an entire community living on islets of totora reeds, head to Uros Floating Islands. Floating atop Lake Titicaca, the 42 floating islands are home to the Uros people, who continue to live a traditional lifestyle based on fishing and bird hunting. The arrival of tourism has affected the Uros way of life, with many locals now selling handicrafts to visitors as a means of making money. Appreciate the incredible ingenuity of the locals, but don't be surprised if your visit seems less "genuine" than you expected. Arrange to visit Uros Floating Islands and other attractions in Puno using our Puno tour planner.
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  • I would say definitely go to the floating islands, it is very interesting to see how these people live. What I would also say is don't feel obligated to throw money at them and buy their gifts unless ...  more »
  • A different way of living and that can be thanks to us tourists, must visit
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  • The Uros are wonderful and understand how they are built and how they will them creating or expanding over time. The area is already completely tourist and the few families who live there already are dedicated to that. However the experience is worthwhile. A ride for them is really cool.
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Despite the appeal of Lake Titicaca, most accommodations in Puno sit several minutes back from the water, around the city center. Hostels, budget guesthouses, and rooms in private homes make up the majority of sleeping options, with a handful of boutique hotels also available. Consider staying somewhere with easy access to local transport, as you'll likely want to head off on daytrips to the surrounding area during your Puno holiday.
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