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Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros)
Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros)

Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros)

Lake Titicaca, Puno

The Basics

The Uros people are an ancient race, predating the Incas by millennia and, according to local legend, the sun and stars. Heavily taxed by the Incas and enslaved in the silver mines by the Spanish, the Uros have managed, through ingenuity and isolation, to outlast their tormentors with their unique culture largely in place. The key to their survival is the reeds, whose starchy tubers are consumed for food, flowers brewed to make tea, and stalks used for medicine, handicrafts, and the construction of gondolas, homes, schools, churches and just about everything else on the islands.

The islands are part of Titicaca National Reserve which protects 37,000 hectares (143 square miles) of reed bed, including some 60 species of bird and 14 of fish, many collected by the Uros for meat, eggs, and as work animals, such as cormorants used to fish. You’ll also see plenty of domesticated cats, to keep mice from devouring the delicate islands.

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Uros reed floating islands & Taquile island Titicaca Puno Full Day
Uros reed floating islands & Taquile island Titicaca Puno Full Day
$69.00 per adult
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Uros and Taquile islands tour
Very amazing experience to see how these people live. Our tour guide explained in detail their culture. Highly recommend this tour.
Laura_L, Mar 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Puno

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Great trip
sabrina_c, Apr 2022
Lake Titicaca (Day Trip) Uros & Taquile Islands
Taquile Island was a great place to visit. Incredible views, the walk to the top of the hill was wonderful, and the food at our restaurant delicious.
star-5
Half day visit to Uros
alexiserubenstein, Feb 2022
Half-Day Boating Tour to Uros from Puno
A great day! Informative and interesting. Being out on the beautiful lake was so nice, and the people we visited were warm and welcoming.
star-5
Great Tour to Two Mist Visit Islao
James_H, Jan 2022
Uros and Taquile Islands on New and Comfortable SpeedBoat
Taking the fast boat allows u to see the Uros floating island and the culture rich natural island of Taquile. Marcos our tour guide was great and his English was excellent. Very educational and worthwhile. Highly recommend.
star-5
Great Day Out
Ken_M, Oct 2021
Uros and Taquile Islands on New and Comfortable SpeedBoat
Great day out, great guide Manuel, great communication The day was perfect can't thank the guys enough for helping retrieve my phone after I accidentally left it on the boat at the end of the trip.
star-5
Great experience!
Vidru_Ben, Dec 2020
Lake Titicaca (Day Trip) Uros & Taquile Islands
Wonderful places very colorful, villages, people, "presidents" of uros reed islands, children... Great atmosphere! Titicaca a place, if you get here, unmissable!
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Tony, Mar 2020
Uros and Taquile Islands on New and Comfortable SpeedBoat
The trip was very good. The stop at Uros to see how the people lived was interesting and enjoyable although a bit touristy. Although I was the only English speaking passenger Joseph was very even in the time he spent explaining things and from time to time he sat with me to give me more detail. Taquile Island was also interesting and the scenery was beautiful. Lunch was included and at a hill side restaurant and I had the best trout meal I can ever remember.
star-5
Very relaxed trip to two extraordinary islands
cinette58, Nov 2019
Lake Titicaca (Day Trip) Uros & Taquile Islands
Nice way to learn more about the history of the lake and the IJslanders. Especially the way the Uros live is impressie. On Taquile its good to see that live there is still authenticatie. The boottrip on the lake is very relaxing and an absolut thing to do when you are in Puno.
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Uros community
Aleksandr_F, Mar 2020
Uros and Taquile Islands on New and Comfortable SpeedBoat
We were lucky with our guide Samuel (tour operator Inka Lake): he is VERY helpful, friendly, knowledgeable guide who provided lots of very interesting facts about Uros community.
star-5
Delivered what was promised
Rein K, Oct 2019
Lake Titicaca (Day Trip) Uros & Taquile Islands
The tour company was super well organized abd definitely deliveted ehat eas promised. Abel, the guide was amazing as he spoke to us in Spanish and English, one after the other. Very professional! The stops at Uros and Taquile Islands were interesting. The lunch with fresh trout from the lake was delicious. The boat captain was also very capable.
star-5
Great trip
Dan_M, Oct 2019
Uros and Taquile Islands on New and Comfortable SpeedBoat
That was a very well organized trip, an excellent guide, Samuel, provided by Inka Lake company who provided lot of details about the life and culture of these communities. Strongly recommended as a unique experience, if you get in this area of Peru.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Suitable for solo travelers, couples, families.
  • Be sure to check itineraries for the boats as they may change—and bring cash for your round-trip ticket.
  • Travelers choosing to stay overnight, stay in a family home, eating traditional cuisine.
  • Families on the island rely on tourism, so be sure to be respectful and buy a souvenir or two, especially if not staying the night.
  • Expect to be charged for photos and/or offered handicrafts with a cheerfully hard sell.
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How to Get There

Uros Floating Islands are in Lake Titicaca, which is located on the border between northern Bolivia and southern Peru. Daily morning boats leave Puno, Peru around 7:30pm; expect about a 30-minute ride. A popular route is to take a boat to Uros, followed by Amantani (a stay overnight there), and then Taquile Island on the way back the next morning.

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When to Get There

Lake Titicaca (and the Floating Uros Islands) are accessible year-round, but the most pleasant time to visit in terms of weather is from February through November, when days are spring-like with virtually no rain. December and January are usually quite rainy. The lake is 12,4673 feet (4,800 meters) above the sea-level, which means nights can get chilly during any time of the year.

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The Ecosystem of the Islands

The islands are part of Titicaca National Reserve which protects 143 square miles (37,000 hectares) of reed bed, including some 60 species of bird and 14 of fish, many collected by the Uros for meat, eggs, and as work animals, such as cormorants used to fish. Travelers will also notice (and be amused by) the colony of domesticated cats who elegantly keep mice from devouring the delicate islands.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros)?
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