One of the most primitive pre-Inca people of Peru. Of ferocious and brutal
people's origin, the Inca who considered them as a sub human tribe subjected
them. This ethnos lived in a perfect symbiosis with the Titicaca and they lived exclusively in
artificial islands that they knitted on the not very deep waters of the lake.
As pure race it was extinguished almost 50 years ago, today their descendants
are the miscegenation Uro Aymara; they speak the Aymara, and conserve many of
their ancestral customs.
The current Uros inhabit the swampy area of the Bay of Chucuito, very near Puno where they coexist in a
social-political organization far from the traditional way of a modern
A family usually builds its housing, hut knitted in totora (rush or cane),
with waterproof roofs against the rain, but existing in its interior great
humidity for what is frequent that they suffer from rheumatism at short age.
Each family also knits these islands and they are held to the bottom of the
Dedicated to the fishing, from crafts knitted in totora, also to the sowing
of some tubers in their own islands, and to the elaboration of crafts.
When walking on these islands you should have the caution of not stepping
their peculiar gardens, because it is possible to have a bath, that bothers its
In some of the islands are found schools for the children, maybe the only
floating schools of the world. The children arrive every morning in their own
rafts that they learn to knit from early age.
This town has received the influence of the Catholic religion, and they
celebrate its festivities also burying their deaths in mainland.
To visit the islands of the Uros, you should take a craft from the port of Puno, minimum advisable time 4 hours. These
crafts carry out a ride by the diverse islands and disembark in some of them to
visit their inhabitants and learn something about their life