Uros Floating Islands

Uros Floating Islands, Puno: Hours, Address, Uros Floating Islands Reviews: 4/5

Uros Floating Islands
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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VicCosentino
Sacramento, CA395 contributions
Must do. Get on the reed boat. Meet some Uros people.
Sep 2021 • Friends
Of all the experiences this one was second only to Machupicchu. The visit with the Uris people including an excellent organic coffee at the “capital” was fantastic. I’m glad I had traditional welcoming gifts for the local family we talked with. Just wish everyone on earth had such peaceful welcoming spirits.
Written 23 September 2021
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Ellen D
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#jonette crowley was here too#
May 2021 • Couples
I love this beautiful and peaceful plaice . A must go, when you want to spend some holidays around the magic Titicaca lake.
Felix is a pro. storyteller and he also teaches about their background, and how they make a livlig on the Island .
Beautiful og healty food, clean Roms, with hand crafts. Silent area, astonishing view..
High lever of service. Thank you dear hosts, you Are unique.🤩
Written 27 May 2021
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RichardK938
West Palm Beach, FL570 contributions
Man Made Temporary Islands
Apr 2021
Very interesting how these islands are constructed, maintained and then finally replaced after 30 years. These people live in almost a stone age world except for the solar panels powering their TV's and other appliances. Very anachronistic and somewhat touristy.
Written 6 May 2021
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JardaPraha
Prague, Czech Republic107 contributions
Exotic experience when you avoid travel agency
Mar 2020
We has liück to find local guy who transported us (group of 3 man) to his island. When tourist brought there by travel agency left the island we had all it for us. We slept there one night in local straw houses. We have eaten the different types of straws and we enjoyed the total free time.
Written 25 February 2021
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1234texas
Seabrook, TX2,142 contributions
You have to see these to believe they are real
Feb 2020
We have heard and read about the floating islands of the lake for years. We were intrigued and simply had to visit them. Happily, they were part of the package and we were not disappointed! No matter what you hear, you will not be prepared for them. I will give it a shot, but ....

The islands REALLY DO FLOAT! They are made with reeds that are "packaged into squares or rectangles (see picture) and tied together. They are anchored to the lake floor with stones and ropes/wires or pegs. They are very thick--about 2-3 feet with an added layer of new reeds that are almost impossible for westerners to walk upon. The natives do it in their bare feet! There are little one room houses built on the floating mat and there are many of them--depending on the size of the family of the islands. There are communal toilets. An entire extended family lives (ech family builds and expands their own island) on each one of the islanda! If it gets too crowded, the newlyweds have to move onto a new island that they build. The islands last for about 35 years, and have to be TOTALLY rebuilt from scratch because the old one will sink to the bottom of the lake and rot away.

There are many small boats and a few lage "tourists boats" that travel between the islands. Your power boat has no problem docking on the islands and getting off is fairly easy--with a little help of the guides. However, this is absolutely NOT a place for wheelchairs or people with any disabilities--keeping your balance is a major challenge! We had a few friends fall, but the landing is fairly soft.

The inhabitants of the islands are friendly, charming, helpful and very warm. The people seem to love living in these conditions and are always smiling. They have a lot of "hand made" products for sale, but be aware that they also have some fakes in the piles. China has really found a gold mine here! Buyer beware is the rule--you will see many of the same items for sale all over Peru.
Written 7 December 2020
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chilloutkoala
Pacific Paradise, Australia315 contributions
A must
Sep 2019 • Couples
So interesting and colourful. Explanations of how they construct these floating islands was amazing.
Written 12 August 2020
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Claudette
New Smyrna Beach, FL149 contributions
Lake Titicaca, a Uros Island With a family
Sep 2019 • Couples
We stayed on a real Uros Island with A family Husband Luis, Sylvia yaneth and their beautiful little three-year-old daughter Brie Bella. She is now our Peruvian Uros God child. They have an adorable small island with a good size hut that we slept in. I was taught how to needlepoint pillow cases and my husband was taught how they fish. we went out one day to cut reeds for their Island and learned he had to cut reads 5 days a week. We learn so much on their Island of reeds.
Written 24 April 2020
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Skaramoosh
Edmonton, Canada3,708 contributions
Tourist Trap!
Jan 2020
Don't get me wrong.....the floating islands and it's surrounding on Lake Titicaca is great for photography enthusiasts but it's such a tourist trap when you get off your ride onto one of the many floating islands.

The boat ride to and fro Puno is about 70 minutes and another hour spent on one of the floating villages where your invited to look/see at their living conditions and sell you handicrafts and souvenirs.

Then there's the ride in their 'boat' around their vicinity of the lake...and yes...it'll cost you.

Had to chalk it up as an experience in order to be able to talk about it.

Definitely a one time visit for my wife and I.
Written 16 April 2020
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Rafal W
Skoki, Poland1,391 contributions
Nothing special.
Feb 2020
Puno on Titicaca Lake was next stop in my journey to the south. After night spent on bus the idea of short refreshing lake cruise seemed to be good. I'd heard before some stories about lake, its floating island, Inca rulers and conquistadors looking for legendary Inca treasures, so I thought "why not to look around the place once I'm here". Because I had some free time before the lake trip, I'd decided to go to the shore and look around before hopping onto boat. As the bus station wasn't far from the lake, morning stroll in cool breeze wasn't long. I met very few people on my way. Puno was just slowly waking up to the new day. The first two things I've noticed once I'd reached the lake was a bad smell and rubbish floating near its shore. Not the best first impression, though. Inca rulers would be rather disappointed. Anyways, it was good to stretch the legs before travelling even further to the south of the country. Minibus took me and a handful of other tourists to the little harbour where we boarded the boat. The stretches of bay at which Puno is located were densely overgrown with reeds that is used for construction of floating islands. The visit to the isles was rather short. After arrival at one of the islands we listened to the short story about how they are constructed (of two layers of reed and some peat between them? Not sure about peat as my Spanish is poor, and there was no translator either) and people who lives on them in small family groups. Walter, a guy from Brasil who was in my group of visitors, told me, that they were thinking in Brazil that those floating island are fake, and actually what cunning locals done, was just covering the surface of ordinary islands with thick layer of reeds and selling them to the tourists as a floating one Now he could check for himself that they were real floating island. We've also learn a bit about of construction of traditional reed boats, and been told that actually, not many locals using them now, and boats that we can see are sponsored by Mercedes Benz. Hmm... After little storytelling our group was divided into pairs and sent to reed huts that stood around of small square, to take a look at local handicraft, with obvious intention, expectation (?), that we will buy something. Then, another boat took us up to bigger island where we suppose to have a meal. For both, meal and frog leap between the islands we had to pay separately. After a while we sailed back to Puno. The best part of this little excursion was a short cruise on the lake waters. I think, that if there would be a chance to try some of traditional dishes and sail in traditional boat my feelings about entire place would be more positive, but with all this talks about Mercedes Benz sponsoring all this was just like cheap folk fair. It was nice to see a slice of Lake Titicaca but that's all, I'm afraid.
Written 11 April 2020
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Hanna J
Siemiatycze, Poland5 contributions
Turistic visit
Mar 2020 • Couples
Nice place. I think that is the last place where you may see traditional life in Peru. It was unique for me.
Written 10 March 2020
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