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Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros) Tours

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Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros)
The 40-plus floating Uros Islands are perhaps the most photographed attraction on Lake Titicaca, famously constructed with springy totora reeds. The reeds are collected from around the shores of Lake Titicaca, and used to replenish the fragile islands every three months or so, as the bottom of the two-meter (6.5ft) totora mat slowly rots back into the lake. Thus, the islands change shape, size and even number as the centuries pass, anchored to the lake bottom but in many ways a completely separate world.

The Uros people are an ancient race, predating the Incas by millennia and, according to local legend, even the sun and stars. The “People of the Lake,” as they call themselves, once said that they did not feel the cold, thanks to their “black blood.” (The last full-blooded Uros woman died in 1959, after centuries of intermarriage with Aymaras and other races, so that claim is subject to some conjecture.)

Heavily taxed by the Incas and enslaved in the silver mines by the Spanish, the Uros have managed, through ingenuity and isolation, to outlast their tormentors with their unique culture largely in place. The key to their survival is the reeds, whose starchy tubers are consumed for food, flowers brewed to make tea, and stalks used for medicine, handicrafts, and the construction of gondolas, homes, schools, churches and just about everything else on the islands.

The islands change in size and number over the centuries and will quickly thin if not meticulously maintained. Tourism on the handful accessible to tourists is relatively open and you can arrange trips with several Puno travel agencies or even come on your own, in public boats that leave regularly from the Puno pier. The 5km (3mi) trip takes about thirty minutes.

The islands are part of Titicaca National Reserve which protects 37,000 hectares (143 square miles) of reed bed, including some 60 species of bird and 14 of fish, many collected by the Uros for meat, eggs, and as work animals, such as cormorants used to fish. You’ll also see plenty of domesticated cats, to keep mice from devouring the delicate islands.

While many of the Uros traditions have been maintained, the islands are by no means frozen in time. For example, they no longer speak their original language, having switched to Aymara after centuries of trade and intermarriage, and have more recently embraced technology, such as electrical generators, modern motors on reed boats and so forth. 

Tourism has brought money and opportunity to the islands, which cuts into time once spent doing traditional activities, such as the all-important collection of totora. They are savvy enough to know their time’s worth, so expect to be charged for photos and/or offered handicrafts with a cheerfully hard sell.
Address: Puno, Peru
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Lake Titicaca (Half Day) - Uros IslandCultural Tours

Lake Titicaca (Half Day) - Uros Island

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Seize the opportunity to visit the incredible and unique Uros Islands, which sit floating on magnificent Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. On this guided tour, learn how these man-made islands are constructed and maintained, as well as how the local people live sustainably, using the resources available to them. Take a trip away from the bustling city, and discover these little-known, distant communities.
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Full Day Titicaca Experience, Uros reef islands & TaquileCultural Tours

Full Day Titicaca Experience, Uros reef islands & Taquile

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Explore the idyllic floating islands of Lake Titicaca on an exciting full-day tour from Puno. Visit Uros and Taquile to gain insight into the indigenous inhabitants of the unique islands; ride the gentle waters of the world’s highest lake on a boat; and enjoy an authentic experience of a culture untouched by mainland modernity. Convenient hotel pickup and drop-off is included in this tour.
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  • 10 hours
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Floating Island of the Uros 1/2 DAYNature & Wildlife

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Floating Island of the Uros 1/2 DAY

You will be able to know the animals and plants that we have in the Uros.Then you will have the chance to enjoy a great ride on a totora raft that will take you to another floating island!
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  • 3 hours
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FLOATING ISLANDS UROS 1/2 DayNature & Wildlife

FLOATING ISLANDS UROS 1/2 Day

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You will be able to know the animals and plants that we have in the Uros.Then you will have the chance to enjoy a great ride on a totora raft that will take you to another floating island!
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Cultural Tour to Uros Floating IslandCultural Tours

Cultural Tour to Uros Floating Island

Discover the indigenous culture and gorgeous scenery of Uros Island during this 5-hour day trip. Step away from mainland Peru and into a different world on Lake Titicaca as you explore the sublime scenery, unique wildlife and fascinating culture of these man-made islands. Enjoy true local hospitality as you spend the day learning to fish, trap birds and cut reeds with the islands’ residents, all set amidst the lake’s gorgeous natural environment. A guide, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport are covered.
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Islas Flotantes de los Uros4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Islas Flotantes de los Uros

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The Floating Islands of the Uros are located in the bay of Puno, 10 km away from the port of Puno (20 to 30 minutes of navigation)
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Lake Titicaca (Day Trip) Uros&TaquileCultural Tours

Lake Titicaca (Day Trip) Uros&Taquile

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The shimmering blue waters of Lake Titicaca is home to the famous, man-made Floating Islands of Uros. These islands and their dwellings, which date back to pre-Incan time, are made completely out of totora reeds, a native bulrush plant that grows in the lake. With a guided tour, get to know the inhabitants that have formed a small community and learn how these islands stay afloat. During the afternoon, visit the island of Taquile and experience the unique culture of the locals.
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Full Day Tour - Uros Floating and Taquile From PunoDay Trips

Full Day Tour - Uros Floating and Taquile From Puno

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Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and home to unique traditions. Visit two of the most popular destinations on the lake during this full-day trip from Puno, Peru. Be welcomed onto some of the many man-made floating islands in the Uros community to see what life on the lake is like. On Taquile Island watch local master weavers create their culturally important hats and enjoy lunch with regional favorites including quinoa soup and fried trout.
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Uros and Taquile Islands on Fast BoatDay Trips

Uros and Taquile Islands on Fast Boat

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Discover the rural tranquility of the Uros and Taquile Islands on an enriching full-day excursion from Puno. Cruise the shimmering waters of Lake Titicaca, the worlds highest lake, and spend some leisurely free time exploring the beautiful islands. Marvel at the majestic floating islands, made entirely of reeds, as you wander and watch locals go about their daily business. Learn about the rich culture and history of the region from your expert guide and feast upon a complimentary lunch when hunger strikes.
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Lake Titicaca (2 Days)Cultural Tours

Lake Titicaca (2 Days)

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One of the world’s highest expanses of water, Lake Titicaca straddles the border between Peru and Bolivia—with a history of habitation by the indigenous Uros people dating back to pre-Columbian days. On this 2-day tour, reach the islands of Lake Titicaca and spend the night in a local family's homestay. Travel by boat between Amantani and Taquile islands, and enjoy an immersive experience of life on the water.
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Lake Titicaca Full Day ExperienceCultural Tours

Lake Titicaca Full Day Experience

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Wondering what to do in Cusco? Discover and truly experience Lake Titicaca with a Full Day Tour of the lake visiting the famous "floating islands" and the isolated mainland island community of Taquile. This activity is good for solo travelers, couple, families and big groups.
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UROS AND TAQUILE Full day (fast boat)Cultural Tours

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UROS AND TAQUILE Full day (fast boat)

It is differentiated by the speed of the boat, so that we will gain more time in navigation and enjoyment.
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Half-Day Boating Tour to Uros from PunoHalf-day Tours

Half-Day Boating Tour to Uros from Puno

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The floating islands of Uros are a must-see attraction at Lake Titicaca. Learn about traditional life on the floating islands with this tour from Puno, which takes you directly to the islands for free time to explore. Take photos, visit with local families, and walk around the incredible islands before returning to your Puno hotel.
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Uros Floating Islands Half Day Tour from PunoHalf-day Tours

Uros Floating Islands Half Day Tour from Puno

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Discover the culture of the Uros people on a half-day tour from Puno. Visit the floating islands in the middle of Lake Titicaca and learn about the daily life of the Uros people from your guide and the community. Take a ride in one of their reed boats which they use to travel between islands and learn about the beautiful handicrafts that they have become so well-known for.
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Full-Day Tour of Uros, Taquile and Sillustani from Puno

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The floating islands of Uros and Taquile are a must-see attraction while on Lake Titicaca. Learn about traditional life on the floating islands with this tour from Puno, which takes you directly to the islands for free time to explore. Then, jet off to the pre-Incan ruins at  Sillustani for a guided tour before returning to Puno.
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