A two-hour boat ride from Puno is worth the trip.
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.
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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!).
Photos/Flickr Jerry Alonzo Leon
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