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. Put Uros Floating Islands at the forefront of your travel plans using our Puno trip itinerary planning site .
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  • Here is a wonderful place - go by boat at the front and take a visit to an island to see how they build the islands - it is fascinating and the people themselves and lovely. A very special place...  more »
  • We went as a family of 5 on the floating island tour out of Puno on the last day of the year. While Javier the guide said that we are not obliged to buy anything, the pressure to buy stuff from the...  more »
  • Amazing experience. Loved meeting the people, and learning about their culture. Learn so much about minimal living and how they live their everyday lives.  more »
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  • People say that the islands are touristy, and they are, but still not to be missed. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the islands. It's interesting learning and seeing how they build and maintain them. The people were super nice and friendly. Definitely worth the visit.
  • Worth the visit! Our tour had us visit for two hours. During this time the president of the island (population 25 :)) gave us a detailed explanation of how the island was constructed with reeds (see picture). When big boats would go by you could observe how the island would gently sway in the waves of the lake! It felt very safe but a bit surreal. The families were very nice and even showed us how their homes and church were built. Please keep in mind that the islands are very dependant on tourism to subsist! This is a double-edge sword. You see how many things are catered to tourists but you also have to recognize that this is how the Urus are able to maintain their culture! Visit with an open mind and do try to purchase souvenirs that will help support the community. As is the case in most of Peru, be sure to bring S1 for the restrooms! ;)
  • Amazing place to visit and see the Indigenous people that call Lake Titicaca home. Indigenous people around the world are most impacted by climate change, and visiting these Floating Islands will show you why that is the case. They are the stewards of most of our environmentally challenged communities and deserve our interest.
  • You visit these islands by boat trip from Puno. The locals put on a show explaining how the islands are constructed, and demonstrate some aspects of local life. There are crafts for sale and many photo opportunities. For a few more Soles, you many take a short trip in one of their reed boats. It’s certainly an experience – I’m not certain how authentic this all is, but I recommend that you do not miss it.
  • I wouldn't call it a scam. The locals demonstrate how their ancestors used to live, fish, make a fire on an island made of reeds. The visit of tourists, in turn, changes the way they lived. I've just noticed that many islands are made to become hotels, restaurants. And why not, It surely makes more than fishing.
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