The Uros is a pre-Inca people who live on 42 self-fashioned floating islands in the Titicaca Lake in Puno-Peru. They form 3 main groups: the Uru-Chipayas, the Uru-Muratos & the Uru-Iruitos. The latter are still located on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca and the Desaguadero river. The larger islands house about ten families, while smaller ones,
only about 30 meters wide, house only two or three. The islets are made of Totora reeds which grow on the lake. The dense roots that the plants develop and interweave form a natural layer called "Khili" (about one to two meters thick) that support the islands. They are anchored with ropes attached to sticks driven into the bottom of the lake. The reeds at the bottom of the islands rot away fairly quick, so new reeds are added to the top constantly, about every three months; this is what it makes exciting for tourists when walking on the island. This is especially important in the rainy season, when the reeds rot much faster. The islands last about thirty years.
UROS FLOATING ISLANDS TOUR ITINERARY:
12:00 h. We will return to the city of Puno. Upon your arrival at the harbor you will be picked up by a Qeros Tours Peru representative and then transferred to your hotel.
What is included on this day ?
* Pick-up from your hotel in Puno and transfer to the harbor.
* Entrance fees.
* Professional English-speaking guide.
* Drop-off at your hotel in Puno at the end of the tour.
What is not included ?
* Extras, tips & gratuities, etc.
12:30 hs. approx.
You need to bring:
On this tour, you must bring warm clothing, as temperatures might drop fast sometimes. We strongly suggest to bring along gloves, wooly hats, chocolates, a bottle of water and sunblock to avoid sunburns.