The Reed Islands of Titicaca
There are plenty of tours on offer...and the thing to do in Puno is visit the reed islands of Titicaca.
We haggled a bit and got ourselves what we though was a good good deal for 15 soles each.
We were picked up from our hotel and found ourselves waiting in the port. The port is incredible, crowded with boats, and to the naked eye looks like they are encroaching on the land beyond into the Hilly city of Puno
|The Port in Puno|
|Our First glimpse of the Uros Islands|
And in this culture it is believed that the Uros, once so mighty that they could not even be struck by lighting lost their super human powers on account of disobeying the law that they should not mix with humans. The condemned tribe became the Uro Aymara.
"History becomes legend and legend becomes myth" - JRR Tolkein in the Lord of the Rings
Whatever the legend has to say may seem impossible to believe, but this is known for certain that the Uros predated the Inca Civilization. The Reed islands are masterfully built and speak volumes of what the Uros were capable of. They once payed taxes to their Inca conquerors and were even taken as slaves.
|The Reed islands of Titicaca|
|Woman of the Island Cooking..|
|Handicrafts made on the island..|
|The Reed Boats|
|Model demonstrating how the islands are made|
|You bring out the Peruvian in me :)|
|The Reed Boats of Titicaca|
|The Island of Titicac|
It is amazing that the people of the Uros have managed to maintain their culture in the midst of all huge challenged , the chief among them being loss of livelihood to commercial fisherman. Tourism has provided sustenance and thrown in some sort of a lifeline. No matter what hurdles they have left behind over the present century will present bigger challenges. And here's hoping that this ancient people show the same resilience they have shown over the past 500 or more years.