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Uros floating islands | ©  saiko3p / Shuterstock
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25 Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were on the Uros Islands Right Now

Picture of Harry Stewart
Updated: 30 September 2017

One of the most popular and picturesque sights in South America, the floating islands of Uros were originally constructed hundreds of years ago in an attempt to escape the onslaught of the Inca empire. Today, they form an incredible tourist attraction that must be seen to be believed. Not planning a visit to Peru? These photos are the next best thing.

The archipelago of floating islands are just a short boat trip from Puno.

The floating island of Uros | © Christian Haugen / Flickr

There are 62 islands in total, although only 10 are open to tourism.

Each island has its own distinct port.

Uros Island figure | © Tydence Davis / Flickr

Where colorful locals gather to greet tourists as they arrive.

People of Uros | © Tydence Davis / Flickr

And they know when tourists are coming because they saw them miles away from a central lookout tower. 

Almost everything on the islands is made from totora reeds.

Including umbrellas to protect from the sun.

Umbrella on Uros | © Tydence Davis / Flickr

Solar panels provide a little electricity on sunny days. 

The floating island of Uros | © Christian Haugen / Flickr

While Jesus takes care of matters of the soul.

Meanwhile, local women work on handicrafts to sell to their guests.

Working women on the floating islands on Lake Titicaca, Peru | © unukorno / Flickr

For which even the youngsters lend a helping hand.

The floating island of Uros | © Christian Haugen / Flickr

And the elderly do what they can too. 

Uros elderly woman | © alfcermed / pixabay

All sorts of colorful souvenirs are for sale. 

Even a cute miniature version of the islands themselves

Mini floating islands | © Felipe Ernesto / Flickr

Tourists can try on some trendy attire with a unique local style.

Traditional clothing uros islands | © Fotos593 / Shutterstock

Food is scarce so the Uros collect whatever they can.

Totora tray, Uros Island | © Eduardo Zárate / Flickr

Usually by fishing from one of their colorful little boats.

Boat on Lake Titicaca | © Tydence Davis / Flickr

Plenty of kids live on the islands.

Growing up in an environment that is world’s away from our own. 

Uros Island boy | © Niccie King / Flickr

They seem to enjoy it, though. 

Most of the time, anyway.

Travelers can embark on a cruise around the lake.

On a totora ship built in a funky, traditional style.

Some of the locals live on the islands full time.

While others travel back to the city each day. 

Woman return on boat | © MonicaVolpin / pixabay