Lake Titicaca, Peru: Where the Houses and the Islands Are Made of Reeds

Lake Titicaca turned out to be one of the highlights of Amanda Lobell and Neil Roach’s trip to Peru. But they weren’t expecting it to be since when they arrived in Puno from Arequipa (where they had gone following Paracas and Nasca), they were greeted by pouring rain and informed that it was likely to continue for several days. They were disappointed but thankful they had chosen the lakeside Sonesta Posadas del Inca as it is one of the few in the area that offers heat.

When they woke up the next day, however, the weather was perfect so they got to tour Lake Titicaca with sunny blue skies. They went around the Uros Islands, which are small floating islands that the Uros people have crafted out of reeds. The houses, boats and just about everything you see are made from reeds, too.

The tour also took them to the much larger — and natural — Taquile Island, a two-and-half hour journey into the lake. “We had a short and somewhat breathless (as it’s at 14,000 feet) hike up the island, which provided amazing views,” Amanda says. “The island itself is beautiful and seemed almost Mediterranean.” Below are Amanda’s photos of their day on the lake.

4 Responses to Lake Titicaca, Peru: Where the Houses and the Islands Are Made of Reeds

  1. claudia March 29, 2009 at 2:27 am #

    I´ve been in Lake Titicaca and I had the oportunity to enjoy the floating islands of the Uros people. This experiences was amazing because I had the oportunity to learn how to work in this places and understand more about their traditions. So if you have the oportunity to visit Lake Titicaca you should enjoy floating islands. Also, there are a lot of places to know and if you want you can do it with a travel agency. For me was perfect Turperu that helped me in everything from hotels, restaurants and tours. I recommend you, the web is

  2. Sarah Richards June 24, 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    Make sure to buy the fresh grilled trout they make in a little reed house. It’s fantastic.

  3. Brooke vs. the World July 7, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    This looks awesome! However, I can’t think of anything but Beavis and Butthead when I hear Lake Titicaca, haha.

  4. Heather on her travels
    Twitter: heathercowper
    July 7, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    Yes I heard about this amazing place from Craig & Linda at Indie Travel Podcast as they visited it on their South America trip – just the sort of place I’d like to go.

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