Photographer's Note

Titicaca is notable for a population of people who live on the Uros, a group of 44 or so artificial islands made of floating reeds (totora, a reed that abounds in the shallows of the lake). These islands have become a major tourist attraction for Peru, drawing excursions from the lakeside city of Puno. Their original purpose was defensive, and they could be moved if a threat arose. Many of the islands contain watchtowers largely constructed of reeds
The floating Uros Islands are a group of artificial islands made of reeds constructed in Lake Titicaca . Its inhabitants are the aurochs , an ancient people that is currently distributed in theCollao Plateau and in Peru, only inhabit the floating islands located in the Bay of Puno. Keep on floating islands is based on a culture linked to the lake and the reed that springs from the lake bottom.
The construction of these islands is weaving reeds forming a natural layer that the aurochs called Khili and on this layer build their houses, also used a woven reed mat. Each home has a single room and cook outdoors to prevent fires. Churches, schools and community centers often carry tin roof. The islands also build pens for raising pigs, guinea pigs and poultry. In Peru there are over 20 islands Uro Chulluni ethnicity, the number of families occupying an island is quite variable, generally ranging from three to ten. The main islands in the early twenty-first century are: Tupiri, Santa María, Tribuna, Toranipata, Chumi, Paraiso, Kapi, Titino, Tinajero and Negrone.

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