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Julia Eskins  🌎 chasing stories 🖥 co-founder/editor @hereandtheremag ✏️contributor @afar @suitcasemag @nuvomag @enroutemag + 💌 juliaeskins@gmail.com 🇨🇦📍ecuador

http://nuvomagazine.com/travel/where-to-stay-in-peru

Building their lives out of totora reeds, the Uros people and their floating islands are one of Peru's major tourist attractions. The resulting disneyfication of an entire indigenous culture remains a bone of contention in South America. After all, the Uros people have been weaving floating reed islands, boats and homes for centuries but only recently moved them closer to shore to capitalize on Peru's influx of tourism.

Today, travellers can visit the man-made islands for a day or even spend a night on them. It begs some questions: are we helping or hindering the preservation of a culture by visiting these sites? Would the Uros still be living here if tourists weren't visiting? Is it wrong for indigenous groups to profit from showcasing their traditions? And are they being fairly compensated from the tour providers who ferry over visitors?
I was curious to see the construction of the islands and went with a company dedicated to sustainable tourism but still found myself asking these questions along the way. I don't have all the answers but at the end of the day, we all play a role in shaping the ethics of tourism.
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Lake Titicaca, a sapphire portal to the birthplace of the Incan empire. In my latest for @nuvomag, I cover a few of Peru's lodges that gracefully blend high-end design with local culture and sustainability. (Link in bio) Photo: @titilakaperu
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