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Puno- Lake Titicaca 

At 3827 meters above sea level, Puno is the folkloric capital of Peru with its famous Virgen de la Candelaria parades. The city is located on the right bank of Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. The Aymara people is the most important pre-Columbian culture of the region. Then, the Incas came to this particular territory during the XVth century, followed by the Spaniards who were attracted there by the mining activity. As a result,we can find a substancial colonial heritage in the whole region.


Puno's cathedral: The cathedral was built in the XVIIth century. It has a typical architecture of Spanish baroque style and also includes Andean constituents, hence its mixed-race nature.

Lake Titicaca : According to Andean belief, this lake gave birth to the sun, as well as the father and mother of all the Incas, Manco Cápas and Mama Ocllo. This navigable lake considered to be the highest of the world is located at 3810 masl and is on the border of Peru and Bolivia.

Uros Floating islands : The Uros islands are located in Puno's bay. They are about 20 and each one of them shelters 3 to 10 Uro-Aymara families, who build and cover their houses with Totora reeds. The Uros have preserved their rustic fishing tradition and they still hunt wild birds. Men drive their Totora rafts and women usually weave.

Taquile island : Located 35 km esat of Puno, it spreads over 6 km² and has pre-Inca vestiges. During colonial time, and until 1970, the site served as a political jail. Taquile has a fascinating tradition of handicrafts and their fine garments are considered some of the most well-made traditional clothes in Peru.

Amantaní island : One can enjoy a stunning view of the Lake from two view points overlooking the island. On Amantaní, there are also some pre-Columbian vestiges, ceremonial centres and a mummies cemetery to be seen. Eight communities live on this island and they devote themselves to potatoe, corn, quinoa, broad bean and green pea farming. Concerning the handicrafts, they are known for their textiles and stone sculptures.

Sillustani archeological complex : This complex erected at the edge of the Umayo lagoon is known for is chullpas, circular stone towers which were used to shelter the corpse of the authorities of the Collao people. Some chullpas reach a height of 12 meters.







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