life on floating islands of Los Uros
Isla Los Uros Travel Blog› entry 21 of 26 › view all entries
We decided to book a boat tour to the islands through our hotel. It was cheaper than through the TI or at the dock. We had a super quick breakfast and were picked up by a bus for our tour. We stopped at a few other hotels before getting dropped off at the dock. We were instructed to walk to the 5th boat, except you got there by climbing over all the other boats before it. Hmmm, interesting. Not my favorite. I’m not a huge fan of water to begin with and here we are walking along very rocky boats stepping in and out of them and balancing along the seats. But I made it without falling in.
Once on board, we were entertained by a musician seeking donations before finally departing.
Our first stop was Apu Kontiki, a floating reed island that was part of Isla Los Uros. This island culture is fascinating and I’m really glad we got to stop. We were given a demonstration of how the islands are constructed. A Quechua man and woman demonstrated while our guide spoke in English and Spanish. The islands are built on 3 meter thick root mass that floats. Several root masses are tied together into one island, which is then staked and anchored to the lakebed to keep the island from drifting.
We were given some time to wander around the island and climb up the little tower for a nice view. The families were selling handicrafts but also make money by agreeing to have these tour groups visit their island.
This other island was much the same as the first, but it had a fish shaped tower. We didn’t stay long. Back on our boat we settled in for a long ride to the next island, Taquile. The water got a little choppier once we got farther out into the lake.