About 300 people live out on these "floating islands" in the shallows of the lake, and they use the totora reeds to produce almost everything they need, including their houses and their canoe-shaped boats.
The lake is located at an elevation of 3820 meters, the highest navigable lake in the world. The solar radiation is quite intense up this high! The lake is also 170 km in length, the largest waterbody in South America.
I spent a couple months in Peru, during my South American travels, and will surely get back some day.
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