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“Interesting but very touristy” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Uros Floating Islands

Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru
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Uros and Taquile Islands Day Trip from Puno
Ranked #3 of 30 things to do in Puno
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“Interesting but very touristy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

The floating islands are a must see in Puno. BUT you have to be prepared for what is waiting for you. Everything they show you is just done for the tourists and to get money from them. The islands themselves are nice to look at.

If you want to see nature and enjoy lake titicaca I would highly recommend to go to the bolivian side and visit the "Isla del Sol". It's a much more authentic experience in my opinion.

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“Fantastic Floating Islands on Lake Titicaca”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We took a half-day tour to the floating islands and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The tour guide on the boat to the islands spoke excellent English, and the information that both he and the islanders themselves gave us about their lives on the islands was very informative. If you visit Puno, you don't want to miss this!

Visited February 2014
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“A lifetime experience in Uros Khantati”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Stop reading if you are an electrict never-stopping person. You would be bored at Uros Khantati and will find it tedious! On the contrary, if you have the patience to knew people, interact and dive into their world, you find an experience you can not miss. The amazing hostel (it is more than this, they considered it to be their own house, which has spare rooms to host their friends), Cristina, Victor and their family raised at a floating island is a lifetime experience, from arrival to the farewell. They arrange to pick you up at Puno and bring you back to firm land (included on the fare, 20-min ride in a small boat). Three meals are included and they're amazing in every detail, from flavor to appearance. Rooms are prepared as if your gramma has done it herself. But above everything, learning from them how they leave; the engineering, architecture and ancient knowhow behind the construction of a floating island and houses using reeds (totora) and nothing else; the history that drove an entire people out of land into the lake; and how they live and depend on totora, the best you do in Uros Khantati. Consering the transportation from and back to land, the quality of the three meals and accomodations, the fare is a bargain. If you are luck, there will be another insteresting guests to interact with and Cristina will show up after dinner to tell you the amazing story of how they dreamed about Uros Khantati and how much strength and perseverance they need to make it true. Do not forget to carry a book or your note book to read in the yard while enjoying the sun. You have a couple of hours to do so. Heavy coats are needed also: in the evening, the temperature drops to around 5C and, at night, close to 0.

Visited February 2014
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“Nervously treading on reeds!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Interesting islands, people living on/off the reeds as they eat them too! All cooking done on stone platforms and reed boats used between islands

Visited January 2014
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“The Ever so Gentle Mugging !”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

A half day trip on Lake Titicaca found us meeting the people of the floating island of Uros. The smiling women and children met us with what was genuine anticipation - the reason for which we discovered later.
Our group was sat on a low reed bench as the male President of the Island proceeded to assist our guide to explain how the reed Islands are constructed . Very interesting - quite incredible actually. Unfortunately, the Presidents mobile rang several times during the talk. Many cleverly made small models were used to illustrate the various reed based aspects of community life e.g boats, lookout tower etc several homes had satellite dishes attached and the occupants watch TV most evenings.
Then came the sting! Each couple or family of visitors was swooped upon by a woman who offered to show her home. Once inside her children appeared and they took our hands and led us outside to "the market" where the women pleaded with us buy her handmade wall hangings and cushion covers. Her husband appeared and pushed small hand painted ceramics. Then the children tried to sell their very simple little pencil drawings - they were the most aggressive salespersons!
Next we were all herded onto a large reed boat and charged 10 soles each to be rowed around just off island for 15 mins. 4 little girls came along and were instructed to sing for us - they had a repertoire of about 5 songs - one of which unbelievably was "My Bonney Lies Over The Ocean" ! The children then passed the hat around for payment !
I found much of this use of children to extract money from tourists rather unsettling. As modern life catches up with this community and their children become driven by the dollar I fear that was a unique lifestyle will disappear . Several other tourist boats arrived while we were there. For me the commercial factor overwhelmed the unique nature of the location.

Visited February 2014
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