The ancient Uros of South America found a unique way of escaping attackers. They simply moved their island. Although it may sound difficult, it is actually quite simple when your island is man-made, floats on top of a huge lake, and is anchored to the sea floor by rope and sticks embedded in the ground.
As surprising as it is to believe, the Uru people live on these floating islands to this day, attracting a significant number of tourists each year. The Read the rest of this entry »
Traditionally, reed boats made from bundles of totora reeds have been used by the Uros people around Lake Titicaca and Easter Island. They are still used to this day as fishing boats and can be seen all over Lake Titicaca, although theyâ€™ve mostly been replaced by wooden plank boats in many parts of the world. They remain popular not just Uros natives on the lake, but also to tourists visiting the region.
Totora reed boats are remarkably easy Read the rest of this entry »
Peru and Bolivia share the mysteries of ancient Titicaca. Titicaca, a picturesque natural lake in the Andes Mountains, is fed by 25 rivers and streams and sits higher above sea level than any other lake navigable by commercial craft. Such facts, however, do not explain why Titicaca, after wallowing in relative obscurity for roughly 60 million years, has recently become one of the worldâ€™s leading tourist destinations.
Not even the ruins of a sunken pre-Incan Tiahuanaco temple and sacrificial altar in a blanket of Read the rest of this entry »
On blue Lake Titicaca, your eyes fool you. What appear to be small islands on the Peruvian lake are actually large rafts of skillfully woven totora reeds. The Uros began living aboard such rafts prior to the rise of the Inca Empire.
Necessity compelled the Uros to manufacture islands large enough to sustain small villages; before the Uros moved offshore, aggressive neighbors, such as the Inca and Collas, frequently attacked them. A removable town surrounded by water was easier to defend, Read the rest of this entry »
Take a step on one of Lake Titicacaâ€™s famous â€œFloating Islandsâ€, and you may find yourself on shaky groundâ€¦ literally. These 42 islands, 10 of which are accessible by tourists, float near the border of Peru and Bolivia in South America on the sizable Lake Titicaca. They are home for the Uru people, pre-Incans who juggle their rich traditions with modern conveniences and waves of tourists.
The Uros use bundles of dried totora reeds, found in abundance on the lakeâ€™s floor, to painstakingly build and repair the islands. As Read the rest of this entry »