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UROS

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

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  From start to end Planet Odysseys staff took great care and were very helpful. They were prompt to respond to my messages. I travelled by bus from Cuzco to Puno... read more

    Sreeram H
    February 1, 2021

    star rating  I am spew after this experience. Visited Uros and Amantani island. And spent a night with a local family in Amantani.

    Planet Odysseys team were very helpful, they... read more

    Darwinthames
    June 1, 2021

    star rating  This was my third time with Planet Odysseys. They maintained their standards just as it was in my first trip. Everything was exceptionally well and they took good care of... read more

    Sreeram
    January 1, 1970

    star rating  We decided to pick this organization because it offered groups up to 10 people max and english speaking guides. + pick up from the hotel, by a very... read more

    Boris H
    January 1, 1970
  • star rating  This was an exceptional experiene. Tge guide was very knowledgeable and patient. We visited different islands and just in short time the guide explained everything to us in detail. ... read more

    Jayson
    January 1, 1970

    star rating  Super nice tour to the islands on Lake Titicaca. These guys are experts and truly know what they are into. Very friendly staff and informative guide. The highlight was lunch... read more

    soliamalccom
    April 21, 2022

    star rating  Wow! It was so nice to travel with such a wonderful travel company who were exceptional from start. They managed the whole experiencde exceptionally. The guide had an immense knowledge.... read more

    Noelia B
    March 23, 2022

    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

    Darwin
    December 1, 2021
  • star rating  Due to COVID, the tour was switched to Amantani, which is fine. However, I was charged $20 more for that and was informed only after the fact. The Uros... read more

    Brittany H
    January 1, 2021

    star rating  I highly reccomend the tour and Planet Odysseys. Everything was just perfect, we booked at the last minute. They organised a transfer from the bus terminal too. We throughly enjoyed... read more

    glennwaugh77
    February 15, 2022

    star rating  A really rewarding trip from start to end with Planet Odysseys. They are really different than others. Everything was very much hassle free, from booking to travelling. The guide was... read more

    noelwilderwich
    March 11, 2022

    star rating  A gem of an experience from start to the end with Planet Odysseys crew. The pre tour communication was ver efficient. On the day of the tour they did pick... read more

    Erickson
    December 1, 2021

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