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Peru: Floating commerse on Titicaca

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EDITOR’S BLOG. The city of Puno, at the western banks of lake Titicaca, Peru, is not known for its many sights on land. Sights on the water, though, is another story. Not far from the city’s port, tourists venture on worn down motorboats to see the Uros people and their floting islands.

Traveling Reporter plans to cover these strange islands in an upcoming story later on. A short note, though: these are one of the most commersialized tourist sights I’ve seen, involving tribal culture, tradition and heritage. The Uros people, is said to have fles to their floating existene several hundred years ago, under threath of attack from hostile tribes and/or Spainards. They have stayed there ever since, building their islands with weed that constantly has to be added on top of the island since it rot away from below.

Some tribes have adopted into tourism, while others stay clear. The islands that tourists do visit, put on an interesting show on how to build the islands, how food is made etcetera. Eventually, though, everything is aimed at having tourists to buy as much as possible of the Uros’ handicrafts, like wowen cloths and mini-weedboats.

While some might feel that the whole thing has become too much of a commerzial jippo, it’s hard to argue that the Uros and others nature people should be kept out of global trade and the incased income that tourism has brought on millions of previously poor people.

The editor of the Traveling Reporter works as a business news editor, and is a frequent traveler. When not doing any of that, he spends time on his boat and tries to figure out where to travel next. Two of his top destinations are the Philippines and San Francisco. Email Erik! Follow the Traveling Reporter at Stumbleupon, Tumblr, Chime In, Pinterest, Google+, Weibo, Storify, Facebook, Traveldudes, Myspace.