How Are Titicaca’s Floating Islands Created?


Titicaca is the best-known Peruvian tourist attraction after Machu Picchu.

The Uros are a very particular town, located between Bolivia and Peru on Lake Titicaca. What makes them so particular is the fact that the people live on floating islands, built by hand by the inhabitants themselves.

“They make them with totora, a kind of junk that they use both to make their rafts and houses and for eating”, BBC wrote. “They owe their lives to water, which for centuries protected them from the great conquerors of the area: the Incas and the Spaniards”, they continue.

Since the Uros can take anything they need to survive and make a living from the lake, it’s an escape from poverty to them. However, many of the inhabitants devote themselves to tourism and have opened hotels and restaurants.

“They try to take advantage of its uniqueness and its location. Titicaca is the best-known Peruvian tourist attraction after Machu Picchu. It receives 750,000 visitors every month”, according to BBC.

This media assures that there are more than a hundred floating islands on Lake Titicaca that make up the Uros Chulluni Village Center. Currently, more than 3,500 families live there.

The BBC has developed a video about the current situation with Titicaca’s floating islands, where they address issues such as conflicts that come from imitators who try to attract tourists.

(Cover Photo Wikimedia Commons)

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Ermelinda is a journalist from Caracas, Venezuela. She has a Master’s degree in Digital Journalism and has recently finished a technical degree in Veterinary Assistance because of her love for animals. She likes to do sports, but especially ballet, which she has practiced for more than 17 years. Her passion is to read, write, and blog about different topics, as well as travel whenever she can.