At 3,812 m above sea level, in the Peruvian highlands is located the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca, in Puno. Here you can find the Floating Islands of the Uros, a set of approximately 80 islands built of totora, an aquatic plant that grows on the surface of Lake Titicaca. The totora is woven and laid on another layer of it to build the surface of each island.
These islands are inhabited by the Uros, one of the oldest cultures of the continent which dates back to pre-Inca times. The inhabitants of this floating community claim to be owners of the waters of Lake Titicaca.
The subsistence of the Uros community is based on fishing and hunting; they are also dedicated to the manufacture of wool tapestry fabrics and the dissection of animals. On the other hand, they participate in tourist activities: there are tours to the Uros Floating Islands of a few hours, but also complete experiences in which you become part of the Uros community. In this blog post we will share both options.