The Mystical Islands of Titicaca Lake
Posted on : 09 August 2021
A place you cannot forget to visit on your next vacation to Perú, is the Puno’s city, which is located at 3800 meters above sea level, on the shores of the deepest blue and bright Lake Titicaca, this was a sacred place for the Inca’s civilization. Visiting this ancient and magical environment it’s a mandatory “to do at Peru”.
THE JOURNEY OF THE TITICACA LAKE
Located 3812 meters above sea level in the southeast of Peru, the Titicaca Lake shares frontier with Bolivia territories and it’s located some hours from La Paz, the capital of the neighboring country.
¿How move around Puno?
There are three ways to get to Titicaca Lake: you can get there by train, departing from Arequipa or Cusco cities, in an excellent service called Andean Explorer. The “Plaza de Armas” or main square is located in the heart of this historical city where you can find important buildings of Puno City. The Puno’s historical center is relatively small so we recommend you to walk through it. In the surroundings of the main square or “Plaza de Armas” you’ll be able to find services such as: restaurants, exchange currency agencies, banks, hotels and all you may need.
THE GREATEST PUNO’S ISLANDS (Islands of Titicaca Lake)
Islands of Titicaca Lake: Taquile island
It is located about 35km from the port of Puno and is characterized by its friendly inhabitants, who preserve traditional customs and clothing. You can admire the Andean habits and beliefs through their textiles with strong colors and symbolic decorations made by the men of the island. Tourists who want to spend a night on the island of Taquile can stay in the house of some local family. Here you will have the chance to see the Uros Floating islands that are basically artificial islands built on totora, a reed that grows under the water and that the villagers use to build their houses and sell to tourists.
Islands of Titicaca Lake: Amantaní island
You will find ten communities that are especially dedicated to the cultivation of potatoes, maize, geese, quinoa, beans, peas and more; providing experiential tourism in their homes; the most representative craftsmanship consists of textile and stone carving. We recommend walking along the path that leads us to the temples of Pachatata and Pachamama, both have spectacular views of the lake as well as interesting archaeological remains.