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Lake Titicaca is also known as the highest navigable lake in the world, at 3800 meters above sea level. It is one of the most important lakes in South America, where high Andean communities still live on floating islands made of Totora and/or reeds that grow in the surroundings.
In recent years, the inhabitants of the floating islands have developed community-based rural tourism as an alternative for visitors who want to get to know the lifestyle of these communities.
Lake Titicaca is located between the countries of Peru and Bolivia, in the part belonging to Peru is located in the region of Puno, at an altitude of approximately 3800 meters above sea level with a temperate climate during the day and cooler at night.
One of the most recommended tours to visit Lake Titicaca is the 2 days 1 night tour, a tour that includes a visit to the islands of Taquile, Uros and Amantani, with an overnight stay on the floating islands. Accompanied by your guide and the local people of each island you will be guided in each part of tourist interest as well as taught part of their traditions and customs.
At Lake Titicaca, there are various activities offered to the public, from one-day options to complete 4-day tours, among the most outstanding activities are the following:
The Uros Island is undoubtedly one of the greatest attractions of the Puno region. The island is an artificial, floating island made of totora reeds and rushes, the ancestral traditions of weaving totora reeds to keep the island afloat is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding living vestiges of pre-Columbian cultures.
The island of the Uros is the point of greatest tourist concentration in Lake Titicaca.
The island of Taquile is the second largest island of Lake Titicaca (on the Peruvian side), after the island of Amantani, with an altitude of 3950 meters above sea level, is known as the island of weavers, where by tradition and custom, are the men of the island who develop the finest textiles, this art of the island was declared as ''Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity'' by UNESCO. Taquile also stands out for its archaeological remains and pre-Columbian terraces, which you can visit during your stay on the island.
Amantani Island is the largest on the Peruvian side, has an economy based on agriculture and livestock, its textile production is very similar to that of Taquile Island, on this island is the Ceremonial Temple of Mamapacha and Tatapacha, so it is very rich in history, an alternative for those seeking to disconnect from the city.
The Ticonata Island is smaller, this island is visited mostly by those who wish to do Mystic Tourism, in this island there are major archaeological remains of the Tiahuanaco culture.
Lake Titicaca on the Bolivian side also has islands that already offer the service of rural community tourism, it should be noted that the largest islands are on the Bolivian side and the most prominent are the Isla del Sol and Isla de la Luna.
The Isla del Sol is the largest of Lake Titicaca, is located on the Bolivian side of the lake, currently this island has one of the largest archaeological remains such as temples, water fountains, chinkanas, among others. It also has the Challapampa Site Museum, where ceramic pieces, textiles, and other lithic remains found on the island are on display.
The island of the Moon is located in the territory belonging to Bolivia, among the most outstanding attractions of the island is the Temple of the Virgins.
To get to this Moon Island you leave from Copacabana by car. The trip can take up to 1 hr. approx. and then you take a boat to reach the island.
In this place, community-based tourism is also practiced, so the local people usually welcome visitors with dances and the traditional APTHAPI, which consists of a buffet lunch with traditional local dishes.
Lake Titicaca is the highest lake in the world and offers numerous opportunities to explore the rich Andean culture. It is located between Peru and Bolivia, in the highest part of the Andes, making it one of the most popular adventure destinations in South America. It offers a wide variety of activities, from visiting the floating villages of the Uros to exploring the incredible landscapes of the region. In addition, there are several historical sites to visit, such as the remains of the Tiahuanaco civilization and the Copacabana temple.
Lake Titicaca offers a unique experience for travelers, who can enjoy the Andean culture, history and natural beauty of the region, we list the most important things you can visit with Terandes.com in Lake Titicaca in Puno.