Blogs from Uros Island, Lake Titicaca , Puno, Peru, South America


South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Uros Island November 9th 2018

Woke up this morning to a beautiful view of Lake Titicaca which we couldn't see last night. This morning we were picked up at 07:00 and Condor Travel rep went with us in a taxi to the port for our tour of the islands of Lake Titicaca. All the boats were tied together and we had to jump from one to another to get to ours. Only four other people were on the boat but it quickly filled to about 40 before we set off at 07:30. After just 30 minutes we arrived at the first Uros floating island and a lady who is head of the island with her husband gave us a demonstration of how they build the islands our of reeds. The guide interpreted for her. The housing is very cleverly made out ... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Uros Island October 14th 2018

Two person taxi choloswere lined up in front of our hotel at 7 AM to pedal 22 of us to the harbor in Puno for our exciting two days on Lake Titicaca, at 12,500 feet, the world’s highest navigable lake. We were deposited at a local lakeside market and instructed to purchase the necessary foods needed for our Amantani host people to make our meals later in the day. One of the things that made me choose Kaypi Peru Tours was their commitment to giving back to the people of Peru. Taxi cholos were chosen instead of busses so that more local people would benefit from the hire rather than one bus driver. In addition, one particular shop was chosen for us to buy food, water and gifts because this store gives a discount to the ... read more
Houses made from reeds on a floating island in Uros
Uros handicrafts being made while we watch
Our tortora (balsas) reed boat that carried us across the water to another floating island

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Uros Island April 28th 2018

Today we began the last full day of touring at Lake Titicaca. This is the highest, navigable lake in the world. At over 12,000 feet the rarefied air can be taxing. Last night we were in Puno and I went to bed about 11:00 PM local time. I have not had any breathing problems at all so far but tonight, I woke up and felt that all the air had left the room. I really was huffing and yet no air filled my lungs. I have to say my heart was racing and I became a little concerned. I opened the hotel window to get some air, even though it only had 60% of the oxygen I expected, it helped. My heart stopped racing, I breathed much better, but now I could not fall asleep. It ... read more
Our Touring Boat
Reed Boats on the Lake
Island Welcoming Party

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Uros Island March 12th 2016

Our guide picked us up near the harbour and took us a short journey around the lake to the most obscure little jetty I've ever seen; we drive over a very bumpy set of railway tracks and then down a rough concrete ramp. A small open boat was waiting for us and we gingerly clambered aboard. Our skipper pushed off into the reeds with his paddle and we soon emerged into a 12 foot channel that went this way and that way, like water roads. Ed and I knelt in the front and leant on the prow, as the spray blasted us, it really was a joint 'Yeehaa' moment. We looked behind us and Cas and Hat had huge beaming smiles. The reeds go on for as far as the eye can see. Despite being at ... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Uros Island December 17th 2015

Yesterday was really just a travel day, but wow! The sites you can see on the bus from Bolivia to Peru. The Bolivian countryside had some mountains, was this beautiful verdant green and was this strange mix of traditional and modern life. Traditional Bolivians worked the fields, perhaps tended sheep or their garden plots, while on the modern side of things there is a massive road building effort which had us in construction most of the way. We were required to first cross the lake via ferry, while our large bus was also ferried over separately. That was a fun experience and then further down the road we had the privilege of leaving Bolivia and walking across the border back to Peru where we find ourselves right now. So, on to today, a fantastic experience that ... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Uros Island June 22nd 2015

Hi All, Pick-up from hostel was at 7am, they turned up a little late but still turned up!! They dropped us off at the main pontoon harbor terminal. Here we met our guide and he walked us down to our motorboat to the Uros Floating Islands. It took only 30 mins to get to the floating island and once there, had approximately 1h30 hours with the locals explaining how the islands came about, by tying the reads and roots together once they break free on the lake bottom to create the main base and building upon them layer by layer. We had the opportunity to buy their locally made crafts too. The islands were amazing especially seeing how they have built something out of nothing. We continued on to Taquile Island across the Inca’s sacred lake ... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Uros Island July 21st 2014

We finally left La Paz and headed to Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca. In Copacabana we walked past the cathedral and saw a religious procession where they make pretty designs on the ground using petals for the procession to travel over. Later in the day we bumped into some friends from Sucre so spent the afternoon watching the football world cup (a recurring theme) with them. Just before sunset we walked up cerro Calvario for great views over Copacabana and Lake Titicaca. The next morning we were up early to catch a boat to Isla de Sol (Sun Island). We bumped into another couple of friends from the ride and river trip in the line for the boat so spent the day with them. The boat ride was a couple of hours each way, ... read more
Uros Floating islands
Sunset at the top of Pachatata
Taquile island

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Uros Island February 24th 2014

With 1:30pm bus tickets purchased to get us from Copacobanna to Puno, it wasn't long before we soon realised things weren't right. As we turned up to get on our bus, there were no Puno bound busses. Confused, we asked around and eventually were told that all busses to Puno had been cancelled due to local strikes...great (not)! Furnished with the option of catching a bus for one hour, walking through the strike area with our bags for three hours, then catching another bus the other side for another two hours, or waiting until 6pm for a direct bus with no stops, it seemed like a no brainier. 6pm arrived and the same chaos ensued; once again we were faced with the same prospect. We decided to bite the bullet, get on the bus and face ... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Uros Island November 20th 2013

I posted a narrative of days 9 & 10 without pictures. Here are some to add to the narrative. ILYS... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Uros Island July 13th 2013

The bus from Copacabana to Puno was just 3 1/2 hours including the boarder crossing. The route followed along the edge of lake Titicaca. We were expecting Puno to be similar to Copacabana but it is quite a bit bigger (approx 100,000 people). We arrived at 3.30pm and set out on a boat immediately to visit the Floating Islands. The highlight of Puno is the floating reed islands (called the Uros) on the lake which have been home to indiginous people for hundreds of years. Today the people who live on the islands don´t live the hunter gatherer lifestyle of their ancestors. Instead they survive solely from tourism, charging for visits to the islands, offering boat rides on traditional reed boats and selling artisan goods. We only spent one night here and set off early the ... read more
Reed Boat
On our way to the floating islands.
On our way to floating islands.

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