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Floating Islands of Uros - the reed boat that we traveled on

During a visit to the Floating Islands of Uros in Lake Titicaca, Peru, we met the wonderful Uru people. Many years ago, the Uru people were too poor to buy land or pay taxes but that did not stop them from making a life for themselves. They created these islands out of totora reeds which were placed together in order to create a larger block of land. This meant that they lived on islands strong enough to build a community on but would shift down or upstream whenever the wind changed direction. After a big storm, they’d jump in their boats, attach the ropes to the side of their island, and drag the island back to its’ usual position.They are so resourceful.

Floating Islands of Uros - a model of how they built the islands on Lake Titicaca

We traveled to the Floating Islands of Uros by a boat made out of totora reeds and enjoyed the majestic views of Lake Titicaca. The people were so happy and friendly when we arrived there (and not because we were tourists) that they immediately invited us to learn more about their culture, their daily lives and their homes.

We met a lovely lady whose name was also Christine and she happily conversed with me in Spanish. She asked us about our lives and invited us into her home. She proudly showed us her colourful furniture, her outdoor kitchen and even her satellite television. I didn’t even know that you could get reception on Lake Titicaca, the largest commercially navigable lake above sea level.

We also had the opportunity to meet other members of the community and see their artwork.

Here are some of my favourite photos:

Floating Islands of Uros - houses built on reeds

Floating Islands of Uros - me walking into Christine's home

Floating Islands of Uros - inside their beautiful home

Floating Islands of Uros - Christine's kitchen

After visiting the island for a few hours, we sat around and enjoyed the sun. It was a beautiful day at Lake Titicaca. When we left, the lovely Urus people waved good-bye as we sailed away to our homestays with our Inca family (that’s for another blog).

The Uru people waving goodbye as we left by boat

I’ve been arranging my photo albums lately and found all these photos of my Peru adventures from August 2009. This is just some of them, but will share plenty more on this blog. If you’re interested, click the subscribe button and read about my past and current adventures. Happy travels!

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