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The Floating Islands; Postmodernity in the Titicaca Lake

Guillermo Andrés

When going home means to row home. Coming from Puno, this man rows towards a group of floating islands.
Tourism has become the main economic resource of these communities. Here, one of the locals takes pictures of a Chinese woman dressed in Peruvian traditional costumes.
Supplied by solar energy these kids enjoy TV in a thatched house, in a totora cane-made floating island.
The arrival of tourism and technology have also brought the bad habits of the modern world. A plastic bottle, cheap and accessible, fills this cane-made bench. Who knows how many others fill the structure of the islands and how many end up in the lake.
This woman sings to wish us luck on our way back inland. Tips accepted.

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