Andean actors sail in a totora raft during a re-enactment of the legend of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo in an Uros island at Lake Titicaca in Puno. (Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters)

The Uros islands are a group of 70 man-made totora reed islands floating on Peru’s Lake Titicaca. Its inhabitants, the Uros tribe, pre-date Incan civilization and continue to hunt and fish the plentiful land and waters they occupy.

Photographer Enrique Castro-Mendivile captured Andean actors performing a re-enactment of the legend of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo on a Uros island in early November. According to an Inca legend, Manco Capac and Mama Occllo emerged from the waters of the lake carrying a golden staff instructed by the sun god Inti to create a temple in the spot where the staff sank into the earth. The actors involved in the re-enactment were locals from the islands.

All photos by Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters


An Andean man and a woman, depicting Inca’s legendary characters Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, pose in an Uros island at Lake Titicaca before a ceremony in Puno. (Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters)

An Andean girl walks in front of her home, a straw hut. (Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters)

Andeans row their totora boats as they accompany actors during a re-enactment of the legend of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo. (Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters)

Andeans prepare a totora raft at the shores of a Uros island at Lake Titicaca before a re-enactment of the legend of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo in Puno. (Enrique Castro/Mendivil/Reuters)

An Andean man prepares a totora raft at the shores of an Uros island at Lake Titicaca before a re-enactment of the legend of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo in Puno. (Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters)

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An Andean man and a child stand at the top of a tower in an Uros island at Lake Titicaca in Puno. (Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters)

Andean actors perform during a re-enactment of the legend of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo on an Uros island at Lake Titicaca in Puno. (Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters)

An Andean girl walks near a row of straw huts. (Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters)

An Andean man rows a boat next to the shores of Uros islands. (Enrique Castro-Menivil/Reuters)

Andean actors sail in a totora raft during a re-enactment of the legend of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo in an Uros island at Lake Titicaca in Puno. (Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters)