Monday, June 27, 2005

Your Own Island

"Lake Titicaca has a lot to recommend it, but among its' most remarkable features are the floating Uros islands.

The 40 or so man-made islands are woven from layers of tortora reeds, which grow on the edges of the giant lake. Titicaca lies 3,800m (12,500 feet) above sea level between Peru and Bolivia.

They are home to several hundred people who are partly descended from the Uro Indians who retreated onto the lake from the Incas, who were the dominant force in the region until the Spanish arrived in the 16th Century.

Though this culture has far outlasted the Inca civilisation, some people are warning that it is now under threat as modern life encroaches." Cont'd

Wow, this is something I would love to see. How many people can say they live on their own island? It would be sad to see this culture die away, I think these kinds of things are what make this planet we live on so wonderful... Am I gushing too much?

San Nakji for President!

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