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  • Tourists pile in big motor-boats to plow through the weedy blue water and arrive at what looks like hay (tortora weeds) growing wild in the sun: tiny hay islands floating in the middle of the water, with huts and boats, and even a wind-mill, twirling in the breeze, made of the same spun gold.

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  • Cross section view of a tortora reed boat (Courtesy Paul Harmon)

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  • But they continued their march, fearing neither the hurricane nor the cold of these high solitudes; they traveled day and night, finding neither cities nor dwellings where they might for a moment repose; happy if in some deserted hut they found a mat of _tortora_ upon which to extend their wearied limbs, some pieces of meat dried in the sun, some calabashes full of muddy water.

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  • These islands, numbering about 40 in total, are hand built islands constructed from the local tortora reed. TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at

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  • Descendents of a pre-Incan tribe, the current population of around 2000 that permanently live on these floating islets construct almost every major item from the tortora reed; including the islands themselves, their boats and even their houses.

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  • In fact, some elements of the Uros 'diet and medicine are also derived from the tortora reed.

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  • Pagina 66 Pagina 67 64 / 65 Spazio e luce vengono valorizzati dal letto COLETTE, in ciliegio massello con testata tutta imbottita in velluto tortora.

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