Uros floating islands
Peru, Lake Titicaca

The floating islands created by the Uros tribe are famous for the highest mountain shipping lake of South America - Titicaca. The main feature of these islands is their artificial origin.
According to legend, several thousand years ago, the Uros Indians decided to free themselves from the influence of neighboring tribes. To do this, the Indians had to move to several small islands, which they themselves built! The main material for building the islands was ordinary reed, which grows in large numbers off the coast of Lake Titicaca.
Not only the islands themselves are made from reed, but also dwellings, boats, household utensils and souvenirs for tourists!
The thickness of the island is 1.5-2 meters. The area can be very different, depending on the destination. The islands do not swim in the full meaning of the word, they are attached to a large log stuck into the bottom and remain in one place throughout the "life". Move them only in case of urgent need.
According to sources, the life of the island is 30 years.
The surface of the island is not solid. It bends under the weight of a person, so walking on it resembles walking on a hay bale.
The main industries of local residents are fishing, hunting for birds and their eggs. When the fish is not caught and the bird does not fall into the snare, dishes from the reed are rescued.
Food is cooked on a fire, which is bred on stones, right on the island "land", making sure that the fire does not spread on the reed dried by the sun - in this case, there is always a container of water at hand.
The number of islands ranges from 40 to 60 pieces. Some islands are well equipped and equipped. They have observation towers, markets, as well as solar panels, which generate the energy needed for the island.
The floating islands of the Uros tribe are an ideal example of the fact that even in the 21st century, people can preserve the culture and customs of their ancestors. At the same time, the local population does not at all appear before the tourists as some savages. These are ordinary people, most of whom just like free life away from civilization. True, the native Uros live far from tourist routes and access to them without a special guide from the local is impossible. Young people, on the contrary, flee to the cities on solid land, often leaving their native islet as additional income from the tourism business.