The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca

Geographically the Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca are not really islands but they are one of the strangest attractions in the South American country of Peru. These islands are mats that have been woven from strong totora reed and some of them are about half the size of a football field. These reeds come from what is known as the totora plant.

The mats are bound to one another and to the lake bottom with long ropes. They were woven by the inhabitants of Lake Titicaca the Uros. It is believed that these inhabitants came from the Amazon in pre-Colombian times and migrated to what today is known as southern Peru.

What they have left behind is what today is known as the Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca. The Uros decided to create their own floating cities and the lake’s frigid waters have kept these reeds from being destroyed. It must be odd to live on such floating mats in a lake.


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