I arrived in Puno, Peru the day after New Years Eve in Cusco to experience the highest lake in the world. Lake Titicaca beats all other lakes in altitude as well as name, say Lake Titicaca 10 times and try not to laugh.
My first stop along the great Lake Titicaca was visiting the floating islands of the Uros tribe, one which pre-dates the Inca civilization.
Learning about how the some 40 floating islands are put together with simple reeds and secured with dense mud-like anchors was absolutely fascinating. The islands are constantly being built-on with additional reeds as rotting occurs and although incredibly secure, you can still feel water soaking through as you walk across the land.
The Uru people live a very traditional lifestyle with fishing and tourism as their main source of income. Although only a few hundred still live on and maintain the islands. most have moved to the mainland.
If you’re traveling through Peru, I definitely recommend stopping in Puno and taking a tour of the floating islands of Lake Titicaca. The cost for the day tour was less than $30 bucks.