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Uros Islands

Locate in Lake Titicaca - 5 km / 3 miles west of the Puno harbor (20 minutes by boat) The Uros Islands (3,810 m.a.s.l. / 12.497 f.a.s.l.) number around 20 and are located in the Bay of Puno. Three to ten Uro - Aymaras families live on each one. They roof their houses with totora reed carpets, although some families have replaced their traditional roofs by metal ones. The largest Islands are Tupiri, Santa María, Tribuna, Toranipata, Chumi, Paraiso, Kapi, Titino, Tinajero, and Negrone. The Uros call themselves Kotsuña, “the lake people”, and their origins go back to eras before the Incas. They hunt wild birds and maintain traditional fishing methods, especially those used for the carachi and the silverfish. The men are skillful handlers of the totora reed boats, and the women are expert knitters. The characteristic cold and dry weather of the region is tempered in this area thanks to the constantly evaporating water of the large lake. (PromPeru)

UROS ISLANDS

Tightly bundled reed boat
Lake Titicaca

UROS ISLANDS

Tightly bundled reed boat
Lake Titicaca

UROS ISLANDS

Tightly bundled reed boat
Lake Titicaca

UROS ISLANDS

Uros houses - totora houses Lake Titicaca

UROS ISLANDS

Uros Island - totora
Lake Titicaca

UROS ISLANDS

Uros houses Lake Titicaca

UROS ISLANDS

Uros houses

UROS ISLANDS

Uros houses and shop

UROS ISLANDS

Tourist in Uros Island

UROS ISLANDS

Cooking in Uros Island

UROS ISLANDS

Grinding the maize
(fulling mill)

UROS ISLANDS

Uros native

UROS ISLANDS

Native of Uros

UROS ISLANDS

Native of Uros

UROS ISLANDS

Native of Uros

UROS ISLANDS

Native of Uros


Photos © J. Mazzotti




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