The Uros Islands are truly one of the most unique and amazing places that I have ever visited. They are located in Lake Titicaca, approximately a 20 minute boat ride from Puno. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in South America at approximately 13 000 feet.
The Uros islands are a group of approximately 79 floating islands hand-made of totora (reeds from Lake Titicaca). Totora is the staple of these islands. From actually building the islands on layers of reeds and blocks of roots, to eating the white part, to building all of their boats and homes from the reeds.
Reeds are regularly added to the islands on top of old layers as the old ones rot. Boats and houses are rebuilt approximately every six months for the same reason.
At one time the islands were moved amongst the reeds to hide from impending danger and strategically for war. Now, the islands are anchored in place with 3-5 families living on each island in small reed huts. There is a hospital, a school and a seventh day adventist church for the community.