11 Places to Visit Around the Lake Titicaca
Are you wondering what to see in the lake Titicaca? Here I give you a list of 11 places you should consider to visit.
But first, I want to give you some information of the area of Puno and the lake Titicaca.
Location: Puno is located on the shores of Lake Titicaca in southern Peru. It is bordered by Bolivia and the departments of Tacna, Arequipa, Cusco and Madre de Dios.
Population: Puno has 1’383,000 inhabitats which represents 4.7% of the Peruvian population. There are 13 provinces, and their main language is Quechua and Aymara.
Altitude: The city of Puno is located at 12,631 ft. asl (above sea level) and the lake 12,496 ft. asl
Climate: The high elevation of the city and its unique geographical position means there are only 2 seasons. The winter goes from May to September with no rain. The summer is the rainy season and its extends from October to April.
Temperature: The average is 48° F, with maximums of 77° F and minimum of 23° F on winter nights. The solar radiation intensity is extreme varying between 11 to 15 points.
# 1 Sillustani:
Is the most famous archaeological site in the region, located on a peninsula surrounded by the Lagoon Uyumayo, 21,5 miles from Puno on the road to Juliaca. Huge burial towers of ancient monarchs stands on its esplanade contrasting with the stunning landscape and the Island of Uyumayo.
# 2 Uros Floating Islands:
Located just 5 miles from Puno, they constitute a unique attraction in the world. There, the Uros people, descendants of an ancient culture, inhabit manmade islands built from the totora reeds. There are about 60 floating islands. You can get jump into a reed boat, used for hunting and fishing.
# 3 Amantani Island:
Located on the Lake Titicaca, the island hilltops are dominated by pre-Ica temples such as Pacha Tata and Pacha Mama (Father and mother earth). Unforgettable home stays in the houses of the local indigenous islanders are possible. Due to its originality, the home stay is considered the best experimental tourism product in the region.
# 4 Taquile Island:
A paradise on Lake Titicaca, just 22 miles from Puno, here time has stopped. There is a native community that conserves its social organization, textile art and ancient customs. Basic services such as restaurants, lodges and craft shop are available.
# 5 Suasi Island:
Located in the northern corner of the lake, just 46 miles from Puno by boat and 95 miles by car (about 4 ½ hours). It is a unique place; tranquility abounds in theses spectacular landscape. Here visitors can take a break from the world Eco Hotel.
Off the Beaten Path
Thanks to the suggestions of Annafox and Tat from MyblogU, I have included Off the Beaten Path places, that are not visited by tourists. For this reason, it is more complicated to reach them, as there are no tours scheduled; you’ll need some extra local research to get there.
# 6 Llachón:
Just 46 miles from Puno, it is located on the peninsula of Capachica. Llachón constitutes an area of great touristic potential due to its strategic location near the islands of Taquile and Amantani, as well as privileged scenery, complemented by the living culture of the area. It is also the starting point for kayak tours.
# 7 Cutimbo:
Cutimbo is a pre-Inca Cemetery, located 22 miles from Puno, where you can find burial towers from different cultures and styles. It is a place of intense tranquility, suitable for mystical tourism. In its surroundings you can observe native wildlife (foxes, vizcachas and hawks), as well as cave paintings with more than 10 thousand years old.
# 8 Chucuito:
Picturesque colonial town located 11 miles south of Puno, conserves Catholic colonial churches that contrast with the Inca Uyo, the Incan Temple of Fertility, that surprises with its huge phallic sculptures.
# 9 Luquina and Karina:
Located on the peninsula of Chucuito, it offers spectacular hiking experience. For its strategic location, close to the islands of Taquile and Amantani, it is becoming an important attraction for tourist. It also offers home stays.
# 10 Juli:
A picturesque town located 50 miles south of Puno, it is known as the “Little Aymara Rome” because of this numerous colonial churches. It has a center of colonial art restoration.
# 11 Pomata:
Located 66 miles from Puno, this colonial town has a remarkable church dedicated to St. James.
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