The floating islands of the Uros on Lake Titicaca, Peru. These are a collection of habitable artificial surfaces constructed of totora, an aquatic plant that grows on the surface of the Lake. The islands are built over a portion of the surface of Lake Titicaca and inhabited by the Aurochs, an ancient people based on the floating islands in the bay of Puno.
Their livelihood is based on the ancient culture linked to the lake, based on the multiple uses given to the totora and fishing. The construction of these islands is weaving reeds in areas where it grows denser, forming a natural layer to which the Aurochs called Khili; this layer is the base to build their houses, also of a woven mesh totora which they call “mat”. Each house consists of one room, they Cook outdoors to prevent fire.
In Peru there are more than 20 islands of Uro Chulluni ethnicity. The number of families occupying an island is variable but generally ranges between three and ten.
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