Cruise The Floating Islands Of Peru’s Lake Titicaca

A two-hour boat ride from Puno is worth the trip.

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Many islands are large enough to have several families living on them at one time. The largest floating island measures 30 meters wide (99 feet) and accommodates 10 families. PHOTO Jerry Leon

To travelers to Lake Titicaca, a stop by the floating islands are an absolute must-see. Made from totora reeds – a versatile material used for construction, transport and even sustenance – the islands were marvels of engineering for their time, and remain a top tourist destination today.

A two-hour boat ride from the port city of Puno, located on the Peruvian side of the lake, there are 70 man-made islands in Lake Titicaca. The origin of the floating islands date back several hundred years to the Uros, a pre-Incan people who originally constructed the islands for safety and defensive purposes against attacks from rival groups. Today, a few thousand descendants of the Uros survive, with many still living on the islands.

Last year, I had the opportunity to visit one of the islands via a local tour company. Flip through the image gallery to get an up-close look at life on the islands and the families that call it home (plus some adorable kittens!).




Jerry Alonzo Leon


Jerry's favorite country to travel to is Spain. When he's on the road, he keeps it real simple with a pen and a pad. His travel style is spontaneous, easygoing, and always in search of a great adventure.

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