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Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
March 15, 2011
From journal Puno: A Spanish Pun
September 29, 2010
From journal A 10 hour train journey to Lake Titicaca
London, England, United Kingdom
March 16, 2010
From journal Peru Part 2
ashbourne, United Kingdom
February 28, 2010
From journal South America
July 18, 2006
From journal Peru: Essence of the Andes
July 13, 2005
Though not on our original itinerary, I'm glad we experienced this way of life, however briefly, and only wish we could have spent more time there.
From journal Puno on Lake Titicaca, An Unplanned Adventure
June 17, 2004
The Uros Indians have lived on Titicaca on the manmade islands since they were forced off of the land by the encroaching Incan peoples who wanted as much of the cultivation area as possible. So, they learned to mat together the green parts of the reeds, which are made of balsa-like substance which floats on the lake surface, and lay layer upon layer until it forms rather squishy, sponge-y and bouncy but fairly resilent mass (I wouldn't recommend jumping up and down too often as I did see one person with a damp foot after experimenting). Sadly, the matting also disintegrates and a fresh layer has to be added every four or five weeks, as the underside rots to the bottom of Titicaca. The rest of the reed is not wasted - the tender white part is edible, tasting something like pak choi. These days the reeds are also used to good effect in making miniature boats as tourist souvenirs, some of intricate handiwork. (A tip is that any organised trip will take you to three islands so try not to buy all your souvenirs on the first islands so as to spread wealth and custom -- and choice as you'll find there are some different styles on the various islands, even though they are very close together.)
Each of the inhabited islands has between four and eight resident families, which must make for a cozily intimate existence. There are no pure blood Uros left, the last having died in the 1950s and the remainder intermarrying with the Quetcha and Aymara tribes. The islands' inhabitants are a poor but welcoming people (cynically, one might think that hardly surprising given that almost all their income derives from tourism) -- hordes of Chola woman greet your boat to shake your hand and ask your name (and lead you towards their stall).
A half-day trip from any of the operators in Puno will be about 15 soles per person, including collection from your hotel at about 9am, the lovely boat-ride to, between, and back from the islands, a guide while you are there and transport back. For about 1 sol per person, you can travel between the islands on one of the reed boats (a tourist gimmick but when in Rome…?).
From journal El Lago Titicaca - the grey puma
August 28, 2002
On the floating island (islands made of reed), you find families living there. The men are fishermen and the women weave. There is a reed island that is a school for these children living on the island. A teacher from Puno goes everyday on this island to teach the children. When we visited the island the children were singing different songs in different languages. They live a simple and peaceful life.
After visiting the floating islands we went to Amanatani. This is an island on Lake Titikaka. We stayed with a family for the night. Their houses are small, and the people are really hospitable. They don't speak Spanish. On Amantani they speak Quechua. In the evening they dressed us up in their costumes, and took us dancing. On this island the women work harder than the men.
We also visited Taquile, another island on the Lake Titikaka. This island is also known as the man island. On the contrary of Amantani, on Taquile, the man works harder then the woman. The man also weave and make the clothes. The people here speaks Aymara. This is an excellent opportunity to taste the trout (a lake fish).
From journal 6 weeks in Peru
dundee, United Kingdom
August 1, 2002
From journal On the trail to the lost city
Broadbeach Waters, Australia
April 27, 2002
I kept thinking that not much had changed since Inca times in that when the Inca's came to collect their taxes that the Uros people were so poor that all they were expected to give was a reed full of lice!
Although we were assured that it was not just a tourist setup that some people really still live like this although I have my reservations. Personally I thought it was just like a zoo.
From journal "Poor old put-down Puno "