When we were making our way back to Puno on a boat that just puttered across Lake Titicaca, our leader wanted to know how many of us would like to visit one of the Reed Islands and then we went.
The Island that we visited was 30 feet across, I believe there were 9 huts and if I remember correctly there were 27 people on this floating Island; most would never set foot on solid ground, they would live their entire life on this Island; little ones to adults. They fished and there were a large bunch of small fish laid out on the reeds being sun dried. They also had ducks & chickens that had a small area to get around. These were happy people and they greeted us with warm welcomes of friendship.
When we stepped onto the Island from the boat, the first step sunk into the reeds and then if we kneeled we got a little bit wet. One of the men gave us their history and how the Islands are made and that they are anchored as well. The Islands need constant care to keep them from getting water-logged. The Island itself was about three and one half feet thick; their huts are raised about 18 inches above the flooring of the Island to keep them dry. Their big reed boats must be re-made yearly to keep them strong and dry. They use long poles to navigate the boats as Lake Titikka is only 9 meters deep and the water is clear and one can see through the depths of the water!
This photo shows how they cook their fish on the Island!
Before we left their home, they had put out there “wares” to sell; they had plenty of things made with reeds as well as cloths, woven tapestries; everything was hand-made.
This Journey was awesome each day of discoveries!
Diana Lynn Siderides
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