Lake Titicaca, the small floating islands inhabited by the Uros tribe
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Lake Titicaca, the small floating islands inhabited by the Uros tribe

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Lake Titicaca, the small floating islands inhabited by the Uros tribe

Lago-Titicaca-Peru-SudamericaLake Titicaca is the largest freshwater reservoir in South America and is located at almost 4,000 meters above sea level between Peru and Bolivia, occupying an area of over 3,000 square miles making it the world's highest navigable lake. Its waters hold numerous floating villages which are entirely made of "totora" layers, a type of bamboo-like substance that grows in abundance on the shallow waters of the lake. These islets are anchored to the lake bottom but can move up and down on their own, according to the water levels, somewhat like rafts.

Lago-Titicaca-Peru-SudamericaThese islands of Lake Titicaca are known as the Islands of Uros, built centuries ago built by the ancient Peruvian population to escape violent attacks from more aggressive tribes of the Collas and the Inca. The last members of this ethnic group disappeared in the 1970s, but these unusual floating villages are still inhabited by an aymara-speaking population, intent on keeping the traditions of fishing, hunting and crafts alive. The islanders breed poultry and countless bird species.

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Today there are about 40 floating islands on the lake, each inhabited by no more than thirty people. But not all of them live there. Some arrive only in the morning to wait for tourists who want to see the “tortora” boats.

Lago-Titicaca-Peru-SudamericaThe island huts are equipped with solar panels that produce the energy needed to supply electricity for basic household appliances. Tourism has become an important source of livelihood for the locals, and visitors can explore the islands on traditional canoes.

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