To witness an entire community living on islets of totora reeds, head to Uros Floating Islands. Floating atop Lake Titicaca, the 42 floating islands are home to the Uros people, who continue to live a traditional lifestyle based on fishing and bird hunting. The arrival of tourism has affected the Uros way of life, with many locals now selling handicrafts to visitors as a means of making money. Appreciate the incredible ingenuity of the locals, but don't be surprised if your visit seems less "genuine" than you expected. Put Uros Floating Islands at the forefront of your travel plans using our Puno trip itinerary planning site.
Tours To Uros Floating Islands
Uros floating islands & Taquile island Titicaca Full Day BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $71
Duration: 10 hours
Uros and Taquile Islands on Fast Boat BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $65
Duration: 1 day
Lake Titicaca Day Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $28
Duration: 11 hours
Uros Floating Islands Reviews
It feels a little like a show, but at least it’s a good show. I mean, I don’t know how it would be a “real” experience in this case, considering that there are only 90 of these floating islands. The..... more »
We went with Kontiki Tours to tour this and perhaps that gave us an extra something, but this was a wonderful and amazing place to visit. This is highly recommended if you want to experience... more »
People say that the islands are touristy, and they are, but still not to be missed. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the islands. It's interesting learning and seeing how they build and maintain them. The people were super nice and friendly. Definitely worth the visit.
Worth the visit! Our tour had us visit for two hours. During this time the president of the island (population 25 :)) gave us a detailed explanation of how the island was constructed with reeds (see picture). When big boats would go by you could observe how the island would gently sway in the waves of the lake! It felt very safe but a bit surreal. The families were very nice and even showed us how their homes and church were built. Please keep in mind that the islands are very dependant on tourism to subsist! This is a double-edge sword. You see how many things are catered to tourists but you also have to recognize that this is how the Urus are able to maintain their culture! Visit with an open mind and do try to purchase souvenirs that will help support the community. As is the case in most of Peru, be sure to bring S1 for the restrooms! ;)
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