Solar Powered Floating Islands

Uros Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Modern power for traditional living

Modern power for traditional living

Uros islands are floating reed islands found on Lake Titicaca, the largest fresh water lake in South America, situated between Peru and Bolivia.

Uros Islands – Lake Titicaca – Peru

Uros Islands – Lake Titicaca – Peru – January 2016

The floating Uros islands were originally created in pre-Colombian times when the small Uros tribe needed to find a solution for being attacked by various other tribes.

Solar Panel between reed homes – its “stem” camouflaged with reeds.

Solar Panel between reed homes – its “stem” camouflaged with reeds.

Today many of the floating islands have solar power, which has modernised their lifestyles. Urus people can now cook without having to make fire, reducing the accompanying hazards. The islanders can also charge their cell phones and even watch television and run small refrigerators.

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Visiting Peru – January 2016
Photography by Jean-Jacques M.
Information from guides, locals & research
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5 responses to “Solar Powered Floating Islands

  • Josh Gross | The Jaguar

    Such a neat concept. I’ve always liked the idea of living on an island or some sort of floating structure. Though I’m sure it comes with plenty of drawbacks.

    • Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café

      Hey Josh. Yes, I’m sure. I think they are severely limited in what they can do, but they all seemed happy enough when we visited – most likely because the lifestyle has been passed down for generations – and the feeling I got while there was that for them it’s all about simplicity (in life). I think they are most likely more free than most of us who live life modernly (no bills for example..).

  • dunelight

    Absolutely crazy…brilliant, just brilliant.

  • navasolanature

    Love the solar now. Visited these islands in 1999 so solar must be a positive change.

  • Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café

    Thank you for commenting, Navasola. Yes, I believe they are able to run small fridges and charge their mobile phones – and use small electric stoves in some cases, which has reduced their fire risk… so the solar power has definitely brought positive benefits. But one of the elders also explained how some of the kids leave the islands as soon as they are old enough, because they are drawn to the modernity on the mainland – so solar is not always enough to motivate the youth to stay on.

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