Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Floating Villages of Lake Titicaca

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Located at an altitude of 3812 meters in the Peruvian desert, here there are 40 floating islands. Originally created by the Uros people of Peru from Inca era, these beautiful islands are used for escape and refuge from the wars that never cease in his homeland.

Uros tribe way this could really make them difficult to reach by the aggressor, and because it worked very well by their society for centuries, it seems there is no reason to move to the mainland.
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Made with a hand full of precision, floating village is composed of layers of thatch grass tortora are put together and tied to a floating base structure, such as pontoons.

The result is like a giant raft, and incredibly able to withstand heavy loads and large.
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The islands are actually quite sophisticated and could be forced to be burdened, but also must be repaired on a regular basis to maintain its strength.

When the weeds start regardless of the old basic structure, just replace the weeds on the surface.

Grass weeds are carefully retrieved from the edge of Lake Titicaca. The islands are anchored in place with ropes tied to wooden poles to the bottom of the lake.
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Only a few of the islands who want to receive visitors, which does not mean it is not good because there are reports of the Uros tribe living tradition is changing rapidly due to increasing their interaction with tourists.

The inhabitants of the lake is thought of himself as a protector of the lake and is said ahead of the Inca civilization, and according to legend from generation to generation, there's even before the sun, stars and moon.

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