EXCURSION TO THE FLOATING ISLANDS OF UROS
The people on the Uros Floating Islands call themselves “kotsuña” or “the man of the lake” and their origins begin prior to that of the Incas. They are found on the North Puno Bay, 6kms from Lacustre Port, at an altitude of 3812 meters above sea level (the highest lake in the world). The islands are located in the Puno Bay where the cold and dry climate is lessoned due to the amount of constantly evaporating water in the area. The average temperature is 10º C thanks to the regulatory act of the sun rays hitting the water throughout the day. At nightfall, the accumulated heat is then dispersed.
Our excursion begins with hotel pick-up at 8:30AM. Our private transportation will take you to the principal port or dock in order to then begin departure on a speed boat towards the floating islands of Uros. Navigation time will be approximately 30 minutes. This excursion provides us with an opportunity to visit one of Puno’s most important attractions, the “Floating Islands of Uros”, a millennia old town that lives amongst the reeds. The community speaks AYMARA and they maintain the traditions of artisanal fishing, wild bird hunting, and the harvesting of eggs from birds inhabitating the islands. The men on the islands are skilled builders and navigators of reed rafts while the women are expert weavers. Our local, specialized guide will provide you with a general explanation of the daily life and habits of the island’s inhabitants. We will then begin our return to the Puno port in order to take you back to your hotel in the city.