Lake Titicaca; we all learned it in elementary school and loved saying the name aloud, right? It is actually an interesting lake that shares shoreline with Peru and Bolivia. It is also the highest navigable lake in the world at over 12,000 feet elevation.
We arrived in the city of Puño, Peru and located a local man to take us to the floating islands of Uros to see his family home. On the small island he explained many features of the home and construction. Start with this brief video, and then enjoy the photos and information below.
After our island tour we passed back through the city of Puño. This is a trading city, that is located close to the border of Bolivia and also Chile. It is built on a hill along the shores of Lake Titicaca.
We did not camp in this big city, but instead took the highway out of town. The highway quickly climbed to crazy elevation and we began to feel the effects. We stopped for geocaching, and felt awe for the people riding bikes at this altitude. We also checked out the roadside souvenir stands with some fantastic products. And seriously killer views from their shops! We spent the night on a grassland area at about 14,000 feet. It was desolated, dry and extremely cold. In case you are not clear about just how cold it was, we took this photo. We opened the valve to let out the grey water (hand washing and dish washing water) and went to bed. In the morning we found this…
Several hours later it thawed and finished draining. We left our icy grassland campsite and headed off for more adventures. Keep following to see some more great info on Peru.
7 thoughts on “Peru- Uros Islands, floating in Lake Titicaca”
Just amazing how they created all that and came up with different solution, wow! I’ve never heard of the floating island, great story thanks for sharing it with us all.
When you called Puna ‘big’, how big? And with the roadside stands with things for sale, are these along a major touring route, are these primarily South American tourists or international? Maybe I should say, intercontinental. Yes, I loved saying Lake Titicaca. One of our geology majors drilled oil wells through volcanic into sedimentary rocks near there. 25 years ago, perhaps more!
Wow! This was all new to me, and I was thinking, “Surely Geneva and Mike are making this up!” 😉 So of course I had to do some research to find answers to my many questions. It really is an amazing story of ingenuity in the face of hardship, isn’t it?
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Wow, a very interesting posting. Loved it..
We were most fascinated by the tour of these islands, their daily lives, the school! Your pictures clarified so much. We can’t imagine how rooms can be hoisted up to refurbish the reeds below. Thank you much.
Kristen and Bob