Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Floating Islands of Uros

Just off the coast of Puno, in the shallows of Lake Titicaca, are the floating islands of Uros. They're made from tightly bound reeds and support entire communities.
Apparantly it all started about 600 years ago when the local Aymara people got a bit cheesed off with being regularly beaten up by the Quechua ( Incas ). Instead of sitting down and inventing gun-powder or suchlike, they decided to run off and hide in the lake instead. Seems a bit wet ( ha ! ), but 600 years later, they're still here...