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Uros Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca, Peru Uros islands are floating reed islands found on Lake Titicaca, the largest fresh water lake in South America, situated between Peru and Bolivia. At 3800 metres above sea level Lake Titicaca is considered to be the highest navigable lake in the world. In the local Quechua language “titicaca” means “Mount Puma” or “grey puma”. 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. This happened at a time when constant migration of new groups to Lake Titicaca area where the Uru were living, threatened their peaceful lifestyles. The islands were (and are) constructed with many layers of totora, a type of reed which grows abundantly in the shallow parts of the lake. In the middle of the ice cold Lake Titicaca the Uros people were safe…