Explore the rich history and culture of the most navigable lake in the world
Puno is one of the most important cities on the edge of Titicaca Lake, and is famous for being the most navigable and highest lake of the world. The city is known for its colorful festivals, including the famous Virgen de la Candelaria festival. Learn about the unique way of life of the Uros people and visit their infamous Uros Islands, a group of floating islands made entirely of reeds. Puno is a city that will transport you to another world with its fascinating culure, stunning landscapes, and unique lifestyle.Our Favorite Tour
Puno is one of the most important cities on the edge of Titicaca Lake, the most navigable and highest lake of the world. The city of Puno is considered the Folk Capital of America, because of its 300 variety of traditional dances. The “Caporales” and the “Diablada” are typical dances perfomed during festivities such as that of “Virgen de la Candelaria” the city’s patron. This festivity is held in February and gathers thousands of tourists and locals.
Puno is located on these cold high plains at 4000 m above sea level. The city also known as “The Land of Camelidae”, was the home of Tiahuanaco culture many thousands of years ago. This culture has some of the most beautiful legacies such as Puerta del Sol (The Sun gateway), a temple sculpted in stone.
Puno is one important touristic site near Titicaca Lake. Most of its buildings were made of adobe and roofs are covered with metal panels. The city center is small so if you like nightlife going to Jiron, Lima, is a must, you can find there different restaurants and places to go if you want to listen to great music. You can also find its Main Square there which was built in 1747 by Simeon de Asta.
Amantaní island is located at 36 kilometers from the port of the city of Puno. Hiking to the top of the island’s highest peak, Pachatata, is a must do activity to enjoy the breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains. From these viewpoints you can see the prehispanic temples of Pacha Tata, de Pacha Mama, Incachincana, Inca Tihana and the cemetery of mummies.
Archaeological site of Sillustani, located at 34 kilometers of Puno is famous for its “chullpas”, round towers lifted to hold the remains of its main authorities of the people of Collao. At a short distance you can see its museum where you find different archaeological pieces of different cultures like Colla, Tiahuanaco and Inca.
The Uros are people group who live on “floating islands” that they have artificially made entirely of totora reeds, and they navigate in their traditional boats also made out of totora reeds. Taquile, Suasi, and Amantaní are known for the kindness of their residents, their ancestral skill in weaving, their pre-Columbian constructions, and lovely countryside. The Titicaca National Reserve (36,180 hectares) protects extensive stretches of totora reeds and various species of plants and animals.
Enjoy the dances, lakes and beautiful landscapes of Puno, and don’t forget to include in your itinerary the town of Lampa and Azangar, whose temples hold undiscovered treasures.
Experience the magnificent Lake Titicaca, the highest navigatable lake in the world. Visit 3 unique islands for the most memorable experience of your life. Explore the floating islands of Uros, before a hiking up to the summit of Pachatata in the island of Amantani for breath taking views of the sunset over lake Titicaca. Spend the night in a homestay, and experience more than just watching the culture and traditions, but become part of their community for an entire day. End your adventure in cultural island of Taquila. Learn about their traditions and way of life for this isolated community that straggles Peru and Bolivia. This adventure is truly a cultural experience and we guarantee you will walk away with memories and stories that last a lifetime. So, don’t wait! Book your tour now to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
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Experience the magnificent Lake Titicaca, the highest navigatable lake in the world. Start your tour at the distinct island of Uros. This one of a kind island floats on the water using an aquatic plant called the “totora reed”. Spend some time learning the 3,000-year old history of these islands and the day to day life of this indigenous community. Followed by a stop to our next island od Taquile Island, immerse yourself into an indigenous community that conserves its culture and still maintains traditions that have been practiced for many years. Enjoy an unobstructed view of the mountain peaks on the Bolivian side of the lake. This full day tour gives you the best of what Lake Titicaca has to offer. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we gurantee you will walk away with memories and stories that can last a lifetime! Book your unforgettable adventure now!
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