Tuesday – March 29, 2011 – The Los Uros Island
We spent today on Lake Titicaca visiting two of their wonderful and unique cultures. The first was the floating islands of Uros. We took a boat from the hotel to one of the islands where we were met by several of the family members (Each island is a cluster of 3 -10 family units). Eliseo then provided a demonstration (through a model development) of how their islands are created; from the root base, the layers of reeds and then the houses.
It’s hard to image living in a world like theirs; limited electricity, no internet and no running water! They cook on outside stoves made of rocks, they fish, cultivate vegetables and work constantly to maintain their island home. Tourism and the sale of their crafts helps to maintain their lifestyle.
When we departed the island, we were serenaded by the song “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” – in English!! We then boarded one of their reed boats and were rowed across the waterway towards another island, where our (motorized) boat picked us up.
The people and this culture are amazing! If you get to this part of Peru, don’t miss the opportunity to visit one of their islands. Modern times and the lure of the city for their youngsters will threaten the continuation of this culture. See it before it’s gone!