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Chapter 6

The Uros Floating Islands

Fishing and living on floating islands

Islands magically float on beds of woven reed on the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca. The Uros people fish and hunt birds and bird eggs for sustenance.

Many years ago their ancestors fled war and entered into the expansive reed plains of Lake Titicaca, taking refuge and learning to live on the water. They became experts in weaving nets, boats, and houses. They would travel across the island trading with the Quechua and Aymara land-dwellers at the edges of their expansive territory and as such became multilingual.

Lake Titicaca is considered the birthplace of the Inkan Empire.


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