Uros Floating Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru

This unnamed child of Floating Island is just a visitor from a neighboring island. He didn’t speak much, but was greatly photogenic.

I met this kid of about four or five years old on the Uros Floating Island of Lake Titicaca (Peruvian side), where our boat had cast moorings. These “floating” islands are just as they sound: they are constructed by hand out of bundles of reed which grow freely atop Lake Titicaca, and their rather dense roots interweave to form natural layers that live and die with the elements. As I inquired from his playmate, it turned out that the boy was only a visitor from another neighboring island. He did not speak much, and I suspect I wouldn’t understand a word of what he had to say even if he did, since their primary language is not Spanish, but one of the indigenous languages spoken in their community.

This unnamed child of Floating Island is just a visitor from a neighboring island.