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Although the Uros Indians of the floating islands have intermarried with Aymara Indians and no pure-blooded Uros exist, many of the inhabitants of the islands still practice the old traditions of fishing, trapping birds and living on the lake plants. The totora reeds, which grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake, are used for their boats, houses and islands.

The Indians began living on the reed islands over five hundred years ago when the Uros built the islands in an effort to isolate themselves from the Collas and the Incas.

Some of our favourite places to visit and things to do around Lake Titicaca
What to do at Lake Titicaca

Taquile Island

Visit Lake Titicaca's most traditional island, known for its unusual customs, fine weavings and stunning views of the lake.

Amantani Island

Enjoy spectacular views of the lake and surrounding mountains at the remote and rural Amantani Island.

Copacabana & Sun Island

Cross the Bolivian border to visit the birthplace of the Inca Empire and one of the country's most important churches.