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“Fascinating way to live!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Uros Floating Islands

Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru
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Type: Islands, Outdoors
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“Fascinating way to live!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Visited the floating islands on a private boat from the jetty which was easy to organise, less expensive than taking a tour and gave us more flexibility with our day. Arrived at the islands early so it was not busy and many families were setting up their artesania for sale. The way of life on these islands is fascinating - the explanations about how the islands are made, the original foods, how the community functions, their language and new developments were really interesting. Definitely a strong dependence on tourism and some residents are rather insistent about you purchasing goods but that is their livelihood now. Really a terrific day out on Lake Titicaca!

Visited November 2013
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“Do NOT go there”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

You read it everywhere, your guide books tells it, the comments here tell you : IT IS FAKE AND TOURISTIC.
I didn't believe it would be that bad. Well, I lost my money and my time whilst being put in a very akward situation, forced to pay.
You spend something like 10soles to get there from Puno, the boat brings you to those famous floating islands. You are welcomed by songs and then you are told the history f the islands, in 5min.
Then? The boys ans girls who sang ask you for money for the songs, before you are brought in someone's house where you are forced to smile at all the handmade objects in sale. I clearly had to tell them 5 times I didn't want anything and wanted to go out. Then, you are ignored and no more smilings or songs for you.
After that, you are kindly invited to go to the "capital" of the island, which is just a bigger floating one. But the invite you on their traditionnal boats, and you have to pay 6soles to cross.
Meanwhile, kids sing in the boat and...you get it, when they've finished, they beg you. I gave them candies, it works.
Once on the other island, you are left alone between a souvenir shop (exactly thr same things you saw) and some tiny shops and one restaurant. It was 10h30, I didn't want to eat fish and the "mayor" told me they depended on tourism to survive so he really wanted I to buy ANYTHING. I had to wait around for 20min until the real boat that would bring me to Puno arrive. I just went in and read, until we left.
Tourism has totally destroyed their culture, they are not fishermen anymore but only thieves. And when you have to pay for a welcoming, it's not called hospitality.
DO NOT GO THERE. Maybe they'll realize how alienated they have been. And unfortunately, the Titicaca lake they clame to worship is full of plastic bottles around their islands.
This is a sad consequence of modern tourism. Help them, stop going.

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“Yes its touristy -- but what do you expect.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

Its true that there is the hope that you will buy something - and why not? These people have very little and live in a traditional style - albeit modified by tourism. You have a lot. If you want to buy local hand made products it is one location where you can guarantee that the money goes straight to the person who made the item.
I won't repeat what others have said about the experience - very different and absolutely worth doing.
Our trip then went on for two hours to a peninsular, where we had lunch with a family running a very small hostel, Assuming you have good weather - a two hour each way trip would be long if you couldn't see the lake and the mountains - this is highly recommended. Again, the family is truing to make a living from tourists, and why not? Very friendly - excellent local food, and a fascinating stroll round the peninsular.

Visited December 2013
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“Another excuse to sell you stuff”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

I was quite excited to see these islands, but once you get there, you receive a warm welcome from the community, youre shown how the islands are made and then you are promptly told to explore, but in reality, all you can do is buy souvenirs. Don't get me wrong, the people are lovely, but after the demonstration of how the islands are made, there is little to see or do. You are then taken on a nice, handmade boat, a ride for which you have to pay extra, and you sail away to the little cafe on the island, where you can buy snack, more souvenirs or get your passport stamped. I thought the islands were interesting and the people were lovely, but its not worth it, its too touristic in its nature.

Visited September 2013
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“Very Commercialized, keep your $ to yourself”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

The way the Uros people live is interesting. However, we found the entire experience to be overly commercial with the main focus on selling their goods at inflated prices.

Visited December 2013
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