A young girl on the Los Uros islands on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. This girl was holding a treasured polaroid photo of her with her mum that had been given to her by a tourist visiting her island. Here is a picture of her without the polaroid.

This is one of my favourites photos that I have taken. Why? I'm not sure to be honest. You can't see her eyes so it is not a traditional portrait. However I love the colours (which are straight from the camera) and the playful way she held the picture. Btw - The things that look like giant maggots on the cloth behind are some sort of root vegetable that the girl's abuela was drying in the sun.

The lake and islands themselves are fascinating and a superb place for photography. The Uros are a pre-Incan people who live on self-fashioned floating islands on Lake Titicaca. They use bundles of dried totora reeds for everything! They make boats, gifts for sale and of course the islands themselves. They even eat parts of them!

The Uros islands, at 3810 meters above sea level, are just five kilometers west from Puno port. Around 2,000 descendants of the Uros were counted in the 1997 census, although only a few hundred still live on and maintain the islands; most have moved to the mainland.

Despite being a wonderful tourist attraction it doesn't feel an entirely authentic experience. The islands host hundreds of visitors each day and the locals (from babies to the elderly) certainly dress to impress although you get the impression that as soon as the tourists go they jump back in their boats and head back to Puno to slip on something a little less traditional.

That sceptical comment aside the people were amazing, warm, friendly and welcoming and the things they have made are unbelievable considering what they are made of.

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