Photo collection. Los Hijos del Titicaca

This is a series of scenes and portraits of children, women and men who live on the Peruvian islands of lake Titicaca. 

 

A sailor is ready to take off as he carries locals and tourists from the city of Puno to the islands. Tourism on lake Titicaca has become a decent source of revenues for a lot of families, as the fishing industry is collapsing.

 

A little Uru girl. The Uros islands are floating on the water thanks to their specific soil made of totora reeds, a type of giant sedge. This allows the Uru people to roam free across the lake, and to settle in different locations.

 

The Uru people living on more than 60 floating islands are able to sustain themselves thanks to tourism. This is still not enough to guarantee a proper level of education to the Uru children, who are still highly uneducated.

 

A little girl awaits for tourist to come and visit the ruins of the Pachatata ruins, on the Amantani island. Here as well as across the lake tourism is the main if not only source of revenue for the small communities that inhabit the area.

 

A man of Amantani buys fresh fish everyday at sunrise from the fishermen who just returned with daily catch. Intensive fishing has deprived the lake's waters, leaving nothing but endemic killifish.

 

A couple of women are climbing the hills of Amantani island to reach the ruins of Pachatata. There, they will hopefully sell handicrafts to the tourists who visit the island.

 

A little kid and her mother, walking on the narrow alleys of Taquile island on lake Titicaca. Young children are helping their families on the crop fields as well as by selling items to tourists.

 

A girl protects herself from strong sun rays. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world (more than 3.500m - 11,483 ft - on sea level) and on the hills of Taquile island the altitude surpasses 4.000m - 13,123ft.

 

3 children on the main square in Taquile island, happily sharing the money raised selling handicrafts to the tourist.

 

A fisherman struggles everyday to get some fish in a lake that has witnessed years of intensive exploitation of its natural resources. Only bigger boats belonging to fishing corporations are now able to catch something bigger than killifish, even though there is not much left.