2. Connect the blocks together securely, using rope.
3. Fasten down with stakes buried into the bed of the lake.
4. Now the the base of the island is complete, create the floor by building up layers of the totora, alternating them back and forth, on top of the roots.
5. Every 15 days add new layers on top of the old ones. (When you need to redo underneath your house – which is also made of totora – simply lift it to one side.)Easy right?
|A beginner`s guide to making your own floating island.|
|Cutting-edge technology for island life.|
As well as giving us lovely meals and a cosy room for the night – the family has no heating but I had so many blankets on my bed I could barely move – they also dressed us up in traditional clothes to go to a dance in the island`s main hall.
|A warm bed for the night and amazing lake views, a girl couldn`t ask for more.|
|Nice outfit, shame about the boots…|
Staying with a family allowed us to experience another side of island life aside from the obvious tourism and although things are not easy for the Quespe Yanaricos it was nice to see how Fredy and Violeta, like parents the world over, are working hard to ensure their children have a better quality of life.
|The lovely Quespe Yanaricos.|