Lake Titicaca in Peru is a popular tourists spot of the world and also a lagoon made up of approximately 70 man-made islands. On these islands, over 500 residents live .This type of living is not for everyone, but the Uros, a small South American tribe, have created and maintained this unique lifestyle for many years.
The platforms are made using dried reeds and can be moved away from the mainland at any time. The Uros people have been living on the lake for hundreds of years—they were forced to take up residence on the floating islands when the Incas expanded onto their land. In the shadow of the Andes, on the world’s highest navigable lake, they make their living from fishing and from selling their reed handicrafts to tourists.
The Uros people have been living on the lake for hundreds of years—they were forced to take up residence on the floating islands when the Incas expanded onto their land. The Uros use the totora reed, which is plentiful along the edges of the lake, to make their homes, their furniture, their boats, and the islands they live on. Their boats, which are shaped like canoes, but with animal heads at the prow, are used for fishing and to bring visitors out to the islands, which are usually moored to the bottom of the lake, but can be moved if necessary.
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