Lake Titicaca | Uros | Puno, Peru | Photo Essay

Colorful & Vibrant Lake Titicaca

The colorful and vibrant Uros People of Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru
The colorful and vibrant Uros People of Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru

Having visited Lake Titicaca from Bolivia several months prior to arriving back in Peru, I was ecstatic that my schedule allowed for enough time to see Lago Titicaca again from the Peruvian side of Puno.  Lake Titicaca is of fairytale reputation – pristine blue waters that match the intensity and saturation of the sky, cotton candy clouds, scarcely inhabited islands and traditional cultures and people.  Even now, I can transport back to moments when I was breathing in the crisp cool high altitude air from one of the world’s highest navigable lakes.  The Bolivian side was more about exploration on islands and checking out ancient Inca ruins.  From the Peruvian side I was about to encounter the Uros people who are famously known for their unique totora reed floating islands.  The colourful people (who wear the brightest of attire) were a delight to encounter and the following travel photo essay is a series of some of my favourite photos from this experience:

Photo Essay: Uros People of Lake Titicaca

A miniature demonstration of how the Uros people build their floating islands from the totora reeds.

A miniature demonstration of how the Uros people build their floating islands from the totora reeds.

An elderly lady with leathery skin and wrinkles wearing a bowler hat and colourful attire.

An elderly lady with leathery skin and wrinkles wearing a bowler hat and colourful attire.

A close-up shot of the totora reed boats made by the Uros people - Lake Titicaca, Peru.

A close-up shot of the totora reed boats made by the Uros people – Lake Titicaca, Peru.

A gorgeous sunset, in which the sky appeared to be on fire, over Lake Titicaca from the Peruvian side.

A gorgeous sunset, in which the sky appeared to be on fire, over Lake Titicaca from the Peruvian side.

A young child dressed in traditional colourful clothes gleefully sings and performs for a group of tourists - Lake Titicaca, Peru.

A young child dressed in traditional colourful clothes gleefully sings and performs for a group of tourists – Lake Titicaca, Peru.

A scenic path leading down to small houses overlooking Lake Titicaca.

A scenic path leading down to small houses overlooking Lake Titicaca.

A group of gregarious Uros ladies decked out in traditional attire perform songs and dance for a group of foreign tourists.

A group of gregarious Uros ladies decked out in traditional attire perform songs and dance for a group of foreign tourists.

A close-up shot of a aged door with a lot of character - Lake Titicaca, Peru.

A close-up shot of a aged door with a lot of character – Lake Titicaca, Peru.

A wide angle shot of locals setting up their stalls overlooking pristine Lake Titicaca.

A wide angle shot of locals setting up their stalls overlooking pristine Lake Titicaca.

A hunchbacked elderly lady carries a heavy load of what appears to be kindling on her back.

A hunchbacked elderly lady carries a heavy load of what appears to be kindling on her back.

A couple look out over Lake Titicaca in the late afternoon - Peru.

A couple look out over Lake Titicaca in the late afternoon – Peru.

A waste basket made out of wood frames this shot of the island.

A waste basket made out of wood frames this shot of the island.

Another shot of the totora reed boats used by the Uros people - Lake Titicaca, Peru.

Another shot of the totora reed boats used by the Uros people – Lake Titicaca, Peru.


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  1. says: Ellen Keith

    What stunning photos! I was confused about my visit to the floating islands, finding it too much of a tourist gimmick, but looking back on the visit through these photos certainly captures the beauty and mystery of their lifestyle.

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  3. What vibrant colours. You’ve really captured the soul of the inhabitants, fab shots Samuel. We’re looking forward to exploring South America and I think you’ve just ensured we take a trip to visit Lake Titicaca! Thanks!

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  7. I suddenly remembered the “Mercedes Benz”, did they mention that to you too? I reckon they do to all tourists. Had fun chatting with the Uros people. One woman stroke my hair the whole time we were talking. She prolly digs long, shiny Asian black hair. Haha.

  8. says: Jarmo

    Went there last year and found the floating islands fascinating, even if I did feel that the whole thing was put on for show a bit too much. But it was a great photo opportunity for sure: )

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  12. says: Irina

    Beautiful shots! My favorite is with the old lady of course! I’ve never made it to the lake when I was in Peru earlier this year. Should’ve planned better.. 🙁

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  17. says: Priyank

    Really colourful! I did the standard 2 days 1 night excursion from the Peruvian side years ago and wondered if people put up a show just for the tourists. Hope to check out from Bolivia now. 🙂

    1. I did a very similar tour as you. I think they do put up a show for the tourist but I still found the way they live quite fascinating. From the Bolivian side I recommend checking out Islas del sol for great walking tours of the island.