What You Will See

Welcome to the world famous Lake Titicaca, the highest freshwater navigable lake in the world.

According to Incan tradition, Lake Titicaca is the place where the creator-God Viracoca rose up to create stars, moon, sun, and human beings. A large temple which was submerged in the lake was discovered, in the recent years, adding to its mystery and fascination.

The main attraction in this area are the floating Uros islands. Native people still inhabit these man-made reed islands. A visit to these islands usually includes a presentation on what life is like on the lake and gives insight into how the islands are made.

 

 

History

Based on the pottery finds at Chiripa on the southern shore, the archaeologists claimed that this area around the lake first was first settled in the mid-2nd millennium BC. The lake was source of food as it provided fish and totora reeds which were earlier used to make boats, roofs and mats. This tradition is being continued even today. 

Changes in the water level of Lake Titicaca are not uncommon and these fluctuations in the water level of the lake led treasure hunters to speculate that the ruins of ancient cities might lie beneath its surface. 

In the recent times, the local government has promised to provide funds to its archaeologists in order to conduct in-depth study of the ruins, while eventually bringing the temple to the surface. 

 

Culture

Puno, and Lake Titicaca, are home to a variety of festivals and parades featuring all kinds of music and dancing that you can see all year long.

The Uros Island culture is one of the most unique cultures in the world. From the clothing they wear to the designs they weave on textiles and decorations, you will surely find something of interest.

Like in Cusco, this section of Peru features a wealth of food options that are focused mainly around earthy flavors like potatoes, quinoa, fish, and meat. 

 

 

Geography

Located between Bolivia and Peru, Lake Titicaca is 12,500 feet above sea level. 

One of the deepest lakes in the world, Titicaca reaches depths of up to 1,000 feet and is dotted by 41 islands.

Puno is the gateway city to the Peruvian side of the Lake. Due to high altitude, the climate here is cold and dry year-round. The average temperature is around 45 degrees (F). During winter, from June to August, the temperature can drop down to 30 degrees (F). And, in the summer months of December and January, the temperature reaches up to 60 degree (F).