Sunday, June 27, 2010

Puno, Peru- Bienvenidos A Las Islas Flotantes

This is one of the best places you can visit in the surroundings of Puno. Contrary to what you might think, the Floating Islands of the Uros (indigenous people) are not of the Uros, but they inherited their name from this community that no longer inhabits the islands. The Aymaras that have settled there today construct their floors and rafts with bulrush (reedy plant). They are dedicated to fishing and especially welcoming tourists.

This charming island is situated on the Titicaca lake. The island is located 24 kilometers (15 miles) from Puno. Its inhabitants are decked out in their traditional flamboyant outfits -on sale locally- speaking Quechua and maintaining a strong sense of loyalty within the group. The Incan terraces and ruins are scattered throughout the landscape. The island is void of hotels, electricity, roads, vehicles, and dogs. The local inhabitants offer accommodations and the modest restaurants serve what they have; fresh trout and boiled potatoes. The boats set sail daily from the Puno Pier and reach the island four hours later.

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