In the southernmost part of Peru, you will find the town of Puno, locally the town is famous for the University and the population on young people that flock to the school. Situated high in the Peruvian Andes, Puno has two seasons, wet and dry. The temperature is as you would expect, cold in the wet season which is from December to March a time marked by daily rainfall making the streets muddy, but it is warmer in the wet season than in the dry season which is from May to October. In the dry season, the climate is colder, especially in the night and early morning. However, what most people come to see in the area is the famous Lake Titicaca.
Lake Titicaca Peru is located in the high Andes and is one of the highest lakes in the world, there are many wonderful attractions in the area around Puno and there is many things to do in Puno.
The number one thing to do in the area and what attracts most people to visit is the Uros Floating Islands. These floating Islands are located a short boat ride east of Puno and can only be reached by boat. The islands are unlike anything you will experience anywhere else in the world. The islands are made of layers of dried totora reeds that grow in the lake. Anchored on the lake floor, layers of reeds are added each year to replace the lower layers that rot. Made of up to 4 meters of reeds the islands have a unique feel when walked upon. The local people also build their homes form the reeds, when not working with the tourists, the Uros people lead a simple life growing their food and fishing.
Consisting of 42 islands, each island can have up to 10 families. The local children attend school on the islands and take boats to school from their home island. There is no secondary school so the older children need to travel to Puno to attend school. Despite the number of tourists that visit every day, the islands should be visited as this unique place is something you will not see elsewhere. Also on offer are boat rides between the islands.
Island of Taquille
Travel further out on the lake and you will see the rock Island of Taquille, the island is home to some of most skilled weavers in Peru. The island runs its own tourism operations, which gives them control over the amount of tourists that can visit the islands. There are no hotels as such on the island, but you are able to stay with families in a homestay environment. At night, the climate can get below freezing so take your jacket and pack warm clothes. This is an authentic experience so do not expect luxury.
Close to Taquille is the lovely Amantani Island, handicrafts also plays an important part in the island’s culture. The island has opened its doors to tourism but operates in a way that requires you to live like the locals. Again, the temperatures drop drastically at night, but you will enjoy the most spectacular sunsets over Lake Titicaca.
The lake itself is considered the birthplace of the Inkas, according to legend. The blue lake was sacred to the Inka Empire and now separates Peru and Bolivia. On the Bolivian side of the lake, there are the Islands of the Sun and the Moon, both worth a visit for the impressive ruins and the stunning views of Lake Titicaca.
There are also many things to do around the lake, close to Puno. Visit the funeral towers at Sillustani, not only does this site offer an interesting history to learn about but also the views of the lake are magnificent. Visit Yavari, a British steamship built in 1861 and transported from the coast in 2766 pieces to the shores of Lake Titicaca over a long 9 years. Today the ship is a museum that you can visit and stay the night.
There are many luxury properties to stay at in the Lake Titicaca area on your Luxury travel Peru, including The Titilaka, located on the shores of the lake, this luxury property has all the inclusions needed to complete your luxury journey in Peru. The lodge has a modern style and balconies that offer the best views. The restaurant has a world-class Peruvian chef for the best dining experiences.
When most people visit the area they are left with fond memories of beautiful sunsets, magnificent landscape and very colourful, friendly locals. You should allow yourself around 3 days minimum to explore the area, there is plenty to do and see in the area.
Considered one of the spectacular treasures of Peru, Lake Titicaca is a must-see on your Peruvian vacation. Do some research on what you want to see in the area, travel to Peru and cross it off of your bucket list.