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Who hasn’t dreamt at one time or another of living on a boat? Along with treehouses, floating houses hold a special place in the human imagination. The Uros people of Lake Titicaca take this dream and push it a little further: They have created their own floating reed islands that house their villages.

According to Uros tradition, they predated all other humans here and lived here even before the birth of the Sun itself on Isla del Sol. Also according to tradition, the Uros have black blood which protects them from the cold and from drowning. While the blood story may not be true, the Uros do have an incredible tolerance to cold, since the dried reeds that make up their homes don’t allow them to heat their houses due to the risk of fire.

The construction of the reed islands are true feat, as new reeds must be constantly added to the top to replace ones on the bottom that have dissolved into the water. Reed houses, stone stoves and fireplaces, and watchtowers all have to be supported by the island, as well as the weight of the residents and any possessions or animals they own. The reeds can also be eaten as a natural iodine supplement.

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Sillustani is a pre-Incan site that consists of a group of huge cylindrical tombs. The towers of Sillustani are the most impressive of the burial towers constructed by the Colla people. They are distinctive because the Colla used brick-like rectangular edges, in contrast with the Inca who used stones of varying shapes.

The Colla, who were later incorporated into the Inca empire, constructed the towers to bury their nobility. The carefully carved stones are adorned with complicated carvings, some of which project out from the surface of the piece. It is important to also note that the openings in the tombs face east, where it was believed that the sun was reborn by “Pachamama,” or Mother Earth, each day.

At one end of the hill stands the tallest of the towers at 40 feet (12 m). From here you can enjoy views of Puno; on the other side it’s possible to see smaller towers set against the backdrop of Lake Umayo. Unfortunately, many of the tombs have been pillaged by grave robbers, while others were left unfinished by the original builders.

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  • star rating  The tour is amazing. I recommend it so much. However don’t book it on tripadviser. So overpriced. I paid almost double than some others that booked the same tour but... read more

    April 13, 2022

    star rating  Just could not have been any nicer. It was a funfilled trip to three islands on Lake Titicaca. People were friendly, guide was incredibly amazing, boat was clean and the... read more

    September 13, 2022

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    Jay Cornwell
    January 1, 2022
  • star rating  This is my second time visiting the Lake Titicaca. I used Planet Odysseys in my previous trip as well. They have been exceptional. The crew adhered strictly to... read more

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    January 1, 1970

    star rating  A very merry experience on my full day Lake Titicaca Trip with Planet Odysseys. It was worth every cent i paid. After booking the tour, the night before... read more

    December 1, 2021

    star rating  Interesting and thought proviking. It was so nice to see three different types of livfestyles and traditions on three different islands on the same side of the lake. The guide... read more

    August 10, 2022

    star rating  Just fantastic! I throughly enjoyed every moment of my trip. They were vrey attentive. from the moment i booked the tour. It was organised exceptionally well. I visited two islands... read more

    Ana Vladivastock
    January 1, 2022
  • star rating  This full day tour included going to Uros floating islands and Amantani island. However, the description said that we were going to Taquile Island, but it looks like this now... read more

    August 1, 2021

    star rating  It was just perfect, the highlight of our trip to Peru. The guide, Ruben was simply incredible with the knowledge he had and spoke excellent English. The local family we... read more

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    star rating  The whole experience was beyond my expectations. I booked the tour after seeing their reviews. The night before the tour a representative got in touch with me to organise my... read more

    January 11, 2022

    star rating  This was my second time visiting Lake Titicaca with Planet Odysseys since 2019 and I chose the full day trip with my wife. They have maintained thir excellence in service... read more

    February 14, 2022

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