Uros: Artificial Islands in lake Titicaca

 

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hill talking to heaven

Uros are at the same time old and new artificial islands in the Peruvian side of lake Titicaca. Similar to the Japanese wooden buildings they are old because people have built them since long ago, possibly as a way of defense against invaders, they could be when there was a migration from the south. I’ve theories but not details. They are made with totora, I ate totora a bit when child, it’s a neutral taste; and they are new because they are rebuilt, moved, even some can navigate when the lake is brave and the anchors cannot support them. So you have the key in the totora, you can built ships, homes, the ground with it, and even eat them. It’s almost a gift.

I’m not the touristic kind of traveler, I just like to take a bus and walk, see, think. This time I had to go with a brother and, before I got my Sony R1, I used an Olympus SP500-uz from 2006. This camera has softness in the long end of its zoom, chromatic aberrations and was broken so I just could used in totally manual mode so I learnt to control the exposure with the experience. What I try to say is that if I could get some good photographs then you can too with any cheap compact of today. Those days I used to take thousands of photographs, now I think before shoot. With film or digital I just shoot what I think I can share with you.

The travel started with reflections in the lake. We were in road to Uros islands.

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soft

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rock island

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yacht for two

Then we arrived to a little island. There a person expose us about the construction and culture (and I am part of that culture) but it was so short and there was no time to ask questions. But here started the fun and the reason I don’t like to use touristic services: The brief exposition ended and after that we had free time to buy souvenirs… I bought a pair of keychains and went to take some photos, I was a bit uncomfortable, in certain way it was like if I would go to shopping instead of traveling. It was not expensive but I would feel that we were not respected. In our culture it’s quite important the correspondence in education but I think they could avoid that for the contact with tourists in a hurry, I hope.

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climb

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arrangement

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Skeleton of hunted home (perhaps by smugglers of house oil)

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white blue yellow

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lakeworld

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corners

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triangle

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a touch of vermillion

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storm sentry

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love

But surprises didn’t end there. The pirate, ehem, the captain, said that there was another island, bigger and with a restaurant (and I guessed with more souvenirs) but we had to pay MOAR or been left in the smallest one until their due return. Well then… So we navigated the eternal sea to the bigger island.

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blinding intensity

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little pet

 

In the next photograph I am not sure if it is a place to produce souvenirs. I think that home is preparing for a celebration so the colorful textiles.

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time of celebration

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a moment in Uros artificial islands

My brother wanted to eat but I didn’t feel with humor to eat for the unexpected surprise. I know I am exaggerating but for that reason I don’t use touristic services. So I just walked…

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black watcher

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curiosity of a puppy

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doll

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color and metal

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waiting for a king

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afternoon in the lake

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U turn

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totora

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another universe

So time to come back and to say bye and thanks.

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caminos

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albiceleste

25 thoughts on “Uros: Artificial Islands in lake Titicaca

    1. Gracias, Lis ^_^. Es un lugar muy bonito aunque cuando fui estaba un poco tormentoso, al final más que ir a la ciudad creo q nos escapamos de la tormenta XD

    1. The world is indeed wonderful :-) If you travel someday to there (here), Mélanie, they are going to say you “Kamisaraki” in aymara means “comment vas tu”, but what they aren’t going to say you is that the answer is “suma waliki!” (“très bon!”)
      Always is nice read you, Mélanie :-)

  1. Wow, Franscisco, great travel, super shots. Floating islands of Lake Titicaca- we learn about them in schools :) Now I can see them in your photos.:) I don’t like to use touristic guides as well. Saludos my friend. Hugs. Wanda
    here is some more about floating islands
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floating_island

    I have just learned that ancient people where I live also built floating islands, but not so great like the ones built by Incas or Aztecs

    1. Yes, I saw your photographs from Latvia :-) They are not in touristic routes but (as I remember in your commentary) part of a travel to live life from another perspective. The islands are unique, even among us, but the main islands in the touristic travels are more aggressively touristic oriented than the usual touristic places.
      I’ve read a bit of Polish history and I think it was (is) a great history :-) and the few people I met online from there are so warm and gentle. I am sure those floating islands had its charm too.
      Oh, nie jestem Francisco, jestem Francis ^_^ We, natives, are not very bonded to Spanish heritage so we use several names as our President that uses one native as Ollanta for example, or taken from others languages. Francis.R is from Francis.(R)einold my second and first forenames.
      A big Peruvian hug, Wanda :-)

  2. I ..adore your captions, i can’t wait for the next picture in a series just to see how you capture its essence in just a few extremely well-chosen words.. wonderful! And the colors are so intense and still mild… Hill talking to heaven.. Simply wonderful ways of ..conveying an atmosphere… :)

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    1. Thank you ^_^!! actually I choose the titles quite fast, I’ve uploaded to my Flickr account nearly four thousands of photographs so I choose a title quite fast, usually the first idea I get when I upload them. But I try that they can say in the minor possible space the most of what I felt or wanted to communicate so I’m very grateful when somebody notice them \o/
      In our culture certain hills and mountains are sacred and we call them Apus (a Romanian friend said me that in her language it means Dusk) and in our mythology these Apus are in communication with the sky and gives us the water (although the water is more a gift of Mountains) Every week I try to post a longer post, I’ll choose one of that style next week.
      Take care and kind regards ;-)
      Francis.

      1. Yes, indeed.. quite interesting,
        Apus means “sunset” in Romanian, “dusk” being the time after the sun sets, before nightfall. Dusk is in fact the perfect opposite for dawn (which is before sunrise) ..as sunset is for sunrise.. :D Thank you for your answer..

  3. Sometimes, when you travel in South america or South East Asia (it’s a bit a generality but it reflects my experience), all you want as “a tourist” is a genuine conversation, learn more about the culture but sometimes, all they are interested in is to sell you some crappy souvenirs. It’s a bit sad.

    1. Well, in this virtual world I am always going to give you a genuine conversation between an European lady ☺ with a Peruvian/half Bolivian wild man ☻ ;-) I don’t want to sell you things (haha, I remember now that even I gave you a pair of photographs)
      The same way I learn about your exotic (from my point of view) way to see the world I’m glad to share my exotic (from your point of view) way to see the world. ☺

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