Uros Floating Islands
Uros Floating Islands
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • Ectoplasm Fantasia
    Birmingham, United Kingdom2,692 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful community
    This was a really special experience. Was lovely to see how people live on the Reed’s and get a snapshot into their lives. There seems to be a balanced approach to giving families the opportunity to have tourists on their island. Do expect to be ‘hard-sold’ to though. Up to you if you buy but there’s certainly an expectation that you will. The food and dress was especially interesting. The dragon boat was a lot of fun!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 August 2023
  • TheExplorerFamily
    Somerset, New Jersey7,106 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Little Too Commercial
    Four of us came to Puno on a very long bus ride from Cuzco to see the much-touted Floating Islands. These are small, man-made very colorful islands constructed by the people of Uros from layers upon layers of cut totora (a thick buoyant grass that grows abundantly in the shallow areas of Lake Titicaca). The people continuously add layers of these sedges to the surfaces. They are golden in color, and can be painted in a variety of bright colors. Many islands measure 50 by 50 feet or so. Each island is decorated differently and uniquely from the other, and inhabited by individual families, who also build different types of thatched houses for themselves on each island. Some islands have watchtowers – also made out of the sedges. Some are simple, and some are fancy. People dress in their traditional outfits and come out to greet you when your boat arrives. These islands have become a major tourist attraction, and the people of Uros supplement their income by taking tourists from one island to another for 10 soles per person. You are then “invited” to people’s “homes” where they conduct hard sells to get you to buy their stuff. That part was a little annoying. There is one island where you can go to get your passport stamped with their cute stamp. We were happy to do that. The trip would have been nice if we had not felt forced to buy items to help the people out. With the continuous pressure to buy, and the questionable hygiene of those locals, we asked our tour guide to cut our trip short, and opted for a city tour instead. That was so much better.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 October 2023
  • DanielMtz90
    Monterrey, Mexico459 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unbelievable Place
    Visiting the Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca is a fascinating experience that highlights the unique cultural and historical aspects of the region. The islands, made entirely from reeds, are home to friendly locals who share their lifestyle and craftmanship with visitors. Aldo and his wife, notable for their hospitality, provide insightful stories about their culture and lifestyle, enhancing the authentic experience. Travelers can also purchase handcrafted items directly from the makers. Opting for a tour, such as those provided by Lima Tours, ensures a well-organized visit and often includes these islands as a key stop. The combination of engaging local interaction, scenic beauty, and cultural education makes this a must-visit destination, deserving a high rating for anyone traveling to Peru.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 April 2024
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LucyHudec
90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
As I read how touristy the organized tours are, somehow by happy coincidence I went to the floating island independently by collectivo (it costs ~30 soles to visit Uros and Taquile, and takes around 8 hours in total). There is no guide, but in Uros a person explains in spanish the way of life of Uros people (much can be comprehended even without extensive knowledge of spanish). You are offered to buy the products of the respective families - since it is their job, but not pushed to do so. Then you continue to one of the island further from the shore which are not floating.
It was good and the longer I am thinking of it, the more I think it was the best way how to exolore Titicaca on your own.
If you visit Taquile (you have almost 3 hours here), climb to the highest point, there is probably a ritual site and it has nice tranquil atmosphere.
Bear in mind that sometimes the TIME ON YOUR PHONE CHANGES TO BOLIVIAN time (+1hour) and it can get confusing, since you have to catch the boat at a more or less exact time.
You also want to spend the night directly at the Titicaca lake. I guess (only from the information I got from the guides, since I did not try), that with organized tours you can sleep on Taquile or the other island, which are both NOT floating. Rather contact any hotel on the straw islands directly via Whatsup. I randomly chose Aruma-Uro owned by Juan, the host, and it was fantastic. It was a highlight of my stay in Peru. Juan and his wife were greatly hospitable and nice. Cabin was very nicely decorated and there was even full bathroom (the water was cold, but you have to expect such things in this type of places). Very tasty breakfast were included, even big enough.
Written 24 April 2024
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DanielMtz90
Monterrey, Mexico459 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Visiting the Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca is a fascinating experience that highlights the unique cultural and historical aspects of the region. The islands, made entirely from reeds, are home to friendly locals who share their lifestyle and craftmanship with visitors. Aldo and his wife, notable for their hospitality, provide insightful stories about their culture and lifestyle, enhancing the authentic experience. Travelers can also purchase handcrafted items directly from the makers. Opting for a tour, such as those provided by Lima Tours, ensures a well-organized visit and often includes these islands as a key stop. The combination of engaging local interaction, scenic beauty, and cultural education makes this a must-visit destination, deserving a high rating for anyone traveling to Peru.
Written 20 April 2024
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Leilah H
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Unfortunately feels like a tourist trap.
The whole visit felt like staged and not authentic. As the people of Uros desperately want to sell something of their stuff, it leaves me wondering, if the trip agencies are paying them enough.
It is indeed interesting to see how the Uros people live on their islands but it felt kind of wrong to visit them this way.
I can't recommend it...
Written 16 February 2024
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Baiasu H
Bucharest, Romania1,713 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Picturesque place on Lake Titicaca where we can learn a lot about the region culture, customs,crafts and much more. The people who live on these islands are very welcoming
Written 12 February 2024
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Oliver C
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The islands themselves were really interesting to see however our tour started late by around 20 minutes and was quite disorganised.
We arrived on the first island and after a short talk we were given the hard sell for things. When we explained we had not brought any cash with us they got quite angry at us and the tour guide totally lost interest in us and barely spoke to us after that.
I felt really uncomfortable and ended up just sitting on a bench feeling unwelcome and awkward with no one speaking to us. The second island was better and they actually accepted card so we had a cup of coffee there and watched the men make a new house but yeh I didn’t feel welcome really at all and it certainly wasn’t a tour more like - bring the tourists to an island and treat them as cash cows. We hadn’t had this anywhere else in South America in almost 2 months so we were quite surprised.
Written 20 January 2024
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ7,106 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family

Four of us came to Puno on a very long bus ride from Cuzco to see the much-touted Floating Islands. These are small, man-made very colorful islands constructed by the people of Uros from layers upon layers of cut totora (a thick buoyant grass that grows abundantly in the shallow areas of Lake Titicaca). The people continuously add layers of these sedges to the surfaces. They are golden in color, and can be painted in a variety of bright colors. Many islands measure 50 by 50 feet or so. Each island is decorated differently and uniquely from the other, and inhabited by individual families, who also build different types of thatched houses for themselves on each island. Some islands have watchtowers – also made out of the sedges. Some are simple, and some are fancy. People dress in their traditional outfits and come out to greet you when your boat arrives.

These islands have become a major tourist attraction, and the people of Uros supplement their income by taking tourists from one island to another for 10 soles per person. You are then “invited” to people’s “homes” where they conduct hard sells to get you to buy their stuff. That part was a little annoying.

There is one island where you can go to get your passport stamped with their cute stamp. We were happy to do that.

The trip would have been nice if we had not felt forced to buy items to help the people out. With the continuous pressure to buy, and the questionable hygiene of those locals, we asked our tour guide to cut our trip short, and opted for a city tour instead. That was so much better.
Written 3 October 2023
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Ectoplasm Fantasia
Birmingham, UK2,692 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
This was a really special experience.

Was lovely to see how people live on the Reed’s and get a snapshot into their lives.

There seems to be a balanced approach to giving families the opportunity to have tourists on their island.

Do expect to be ‘hard-sold’ to though. Up to you if you buy but there’s certainly an expectation that you will.

The food and dress was especially interesting.

The dragon boat was a lot of fun!
Written 19 August 2023
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Mikkel F
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
It was an awful experience. Everything felt forced and fake. We had to pay extra upon arrival, which we were not told about. I was uncomfortable during the entire trip and I wish I never went. I do not just not recommend it, I recommend not even going. >:-(
Written 24 June 2023
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Doc687
Rochester, MN216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
The people that inhabit these unique floating islands have lessons to teach us all, if only we would listen. They continue the culture that was started centuries ago. They are dependent on Totora reeds which is the raw material used to create these islands. While the numbers of inhabitants is decreasing as many of their youth move to the cities for new opportunities; the civilization continues its traditional ways of creating and maintaining the islands, fishing and hunting for much of their food and creating unique housing and boats for transportation. All while maintaining a peaceful civilization. They made very unique handicrafts for wonderful souvenirs that you won't find anywhere else.
Written 24 March 2023
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Komator
Barcelona, Spain885 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Islas Uros are artificial islands made out of Totora (kind of bamboo stick). People live there, almost the same way they used to live hundreds of years ago. The views are impressive. I think it's best if you spend a night in one of the islands. It's not that there's a concrete hotel, but you sleep in people's houses. We were told that the regional government organizes the stays so that all families have hosts (and the corresponding income).
You can also do some activities: sailing in a big boat (they call it the Mercedes Benz), see how they fish or how they fix the islands.
Just beware that you're at 4000 m below the sea level, so pack warm clothes!
Written 5 February 2023
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