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The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca

By handlerstudio  
There are populated islands, off of Puno, that are called, and are in fact, floating islands. They are called the Uros Floating Islands, though the Uros people no longer exist. They are populated by the Aymara Indians. The islands are about three meters thick, and are built of totoro grasses, which the boats are also built of. These grasses grow on the lake. Some of the images show the people working with the grasses.

If there is a dispute on among people on one, or another island (there are many, each is a community), the saw off part of the island, and it floats over to join another island. The boats shown here are traditional, but today built mostly for tourists. The people now use modern small boats with motors.

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Comments


gwynn56 5 87 England
15 Apr 2013 2:50AM
nice set of images Smile

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S_Psharma 4 1 India
15 Apr 2013 2:50AM
Beautiful picture v4 is best.
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
15 Apr 2013 4:00AM
Very interesting images and well captured......Sandy
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
15 Apr 2013 4:24AM
This is fascinating Peter - the info as well as the images !! Absolutely excellent !!
johnke 3 223 15
15 Apr 2013 5:30AM
Another fantastic story telling set, love the solar panel and what, a garss boat, fantastic...John
derrymaine 3 17 Greece
15 Apr 2013 5:57AM
beautiful captures, I think v6 works for me
widtink 4 406 2 Scotland
15 Apr 2013 7:50AM
Solar panels on a grass roof GrinGrin Thats amazing nice informative setSmile

Rod
Sue_R 10 11 6 Scotland
15 Apr 2013 9:12AM
What interesting places you get to visit!

Love the idea of sawing off part of the island and letting it float away if you fall out with someone. Only problem is that it makes it very difficult to make up again Smile

Sue Smile
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
15 Apr 2013 10:14AM
Extremely interesting set of images!! Travel is wonderful. I like these images a lot!!
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
15 Apr 2013 10:33AM
Amazing that they can have Solar panels in grass huts ! So they can have hot showers and perhaps do their washing ? A fine set of informative images
ColleenA Plus
4 322 4 Australia
15 Apr 2013 3:23PM
Great images and very informative....well done
Jocelia Plus
5 2 1 Australia
16 Apr 2013 4:42AM
Lovely set Peter and very interesting...Wink
boov Plus
4 2 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2013 3:27PM
Excellent series
LexEquine 10 19 United States
16 Apr 2013 7:49PM
Superb & well-rendered Image Set ~ Peter Smile
Laslo 4
17 Apr 2013 6:32AM
Beautiful scenery.

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