National Geographic : 1930 Jun
AMONG THE SNOWS AND FLOWERS OF PERU "BALSAS" PLY THE WATERS OF LOFTY TITICACA High in the heart of the Andes, this lake is large enough and deep enough to be navigated by very sizable steamers as well as by the native balsas, or rush-boats (see below). © National Geographic Society Natural-Color Photographs by Jacob Gayer THIS FISHING FLEET CANNOT SPEND MUCH TIME ON THE WATER In the Bay of Puno, Lake Titicaca, grows a giant bulrush known as the tor/ora. Ages ago the people learned to dry these and make them into bundles, with which they fashioned their fishing boats. These odd craft, buoyant when new, quickly become water-logged and frequently must be hauled ashore and dried out.