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Pictures from Lake Titicaca, the Uros, and Puno in Peru.

Lake Titicaca in the Andes, Peru
Lake Titicaca in the Andes, Peru.

Lake Titicaca is located at an altitude of 3,812 m (12,507 ft) above sea level in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia. By volume of water, it is the largest lake in South America. It covers an area of  8,562km², of which 4,772km² in Peru. The lake is actually composed of two nearly separate sub-basins that are connected by the Strait of Tiquina.

Lake Titicaca is a sacred place for the Incas, as the Incan mythology says that the first Inca king, Manco Capac, was born here.

There are a number of islands in Lake Titicaca: Uros, Amantani, Taquile, Isla del Sol, Isla de la Luna, and Suriqui. The Uros reed islands are a great place to visit. The Uros consist of a group of 44 floating islands made of floating reeds. The islands are constructed from many layers of the totora reeds, which are constantly replenished from the top as they rot from the bottom. Nearly everything (cabins, boats, benches, the crafts, the islands themselves, and more) is made here from reeds. Totora reeds grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake. Cooking occurs outdoor to prevent fires.

On the Peruvian side of the lake, the town of Puno is the best place to stay when visiting the lake. The Uros are located 5 km east of Puno. Puno is served by the Inca Manco Capac International Airport.


The Uros islands in Lake Titicaca, Peru
The Uros islands in Lake Titicaca, Peru.


Cathedral of Puno in Peru
The Cathedral of Puno in Peru.

The Cathedral of Puno is located on the Plaza de Armas, the main square of the city. The Coca Museum in Puno, another attraction of the city, features historical, medicinal, cultural information about the coca plant and its many uses as well as traditional costumes.
 
Puno was designated folklore capital of Peru. Music and dance are typical parts of the Puno folklore. Puno's cultural traditions are known for their
unusual variety, singular choreography, and lilting altiplano music. Folk dances and songs are accompanied by colorful costumes and masks. 

The Festival de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Puno's patron Saint, is the main festival in the city. It is held during the first 2 weeks of February. Official functions are held in the stadium, while more popular exercises are on the streets of the city. Other festivals, such as the Puno Week early November, the Carnaval late February, and many more, take place throughout the year in Puno.


 

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Here you find the travelogue and many other photos that ADC Scuba Diving Antwerp (the author of the photos above) made about a trip to Peru: Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu.

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Pictures from Lake Titicaca, the Uros, and Puno in Peru. Travel guide to Peru with many great pictures.