Embark on an unforgettable adventure around the stunning Titicaca Lake! Discover the top ten must-visit places that surround this majestic body of water. From ancient ruins to vibrant islands, immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage and breathtaking beauty of this enchanting region. Get ready to be captivated by the wonders that await you
This beautiful highland city is the gateway to the sacred Lake Titicaca. The city is known for its traditional festivals. Visitors love to take a tour to the same city as well as to the lake. To arrive to the city, you can take a flight from Lima or Cusco; or to bus in a touristic bus from Cusco or crossing the lake from Bolivia or a deluxe train from Cusco
The floating islands of Uros
The fairytale-like Uros Islands are made entirely from totora reeds; the lives of the inhabitants of these artificial islands are entirely dependent upon the reed beds they live among. Totora reeds were first used centuries ago to build these islands on Lake Titicaca by the Uro-Aymara families who made their home on the lake. The local people’s boats are also made from totora reeds, and they use these vessels for fishing. Even some of the islanders’ handicrafts are made from totora reeds. The tours to these islands are daily
This very small island is home to a community of Quechua people who are known for their traditional textiles and pottery. The charm of Lake Titicaca is lived intensely on islands like Taquile, where the history that has survived in the collective memory of its people is expressed in wonderful weavings, true works of art admired throughout the world
The most important thing in this small town is the incredible church dating of the century. The massive façade made of carved stone and the gigantic door are worth seeing. Inside, there are naive paintings and details with pagan and Andean inspiration. It is also possible to go down to the crypt and “admire” hundreds of skeletons, and rests of church constructors. The highlight of this place, is the copy of La Pieta, Michel-Ange, which is one of the only two that the South-American continent has.
The peninsula by Llachon on the shores of Lake Titicaca offers fantastic views of the Lake. Llachon is the name of a pretty rural village located in the peninsula of Capachica on the shores of Lake Titicaca, 75 Kilometers (46 miles) away from the city of Puno. This peninsula offers fantastic views of the Lake and short hikes to surrounding hills with beautiful lookout points and ancestral ceremonial sites. About 1,300 inhabitants spread out the peninsula and they belong to the ethnic group of Quechuas. They are mainly farmers, fishermen and artisans.
The highest navigable lake in the world is an extraordinary spectacle wherever one looks. The lake is surrounded by reed beds and dotted with many islands, each of which has its own unique history.
The time seems to have stopped on Amantani Island to calmly contemplate the farming activities of these islanders, the heirs to the legacy of their Aymara ancestors. There is just one boutique hotel on this island, but local people have fitted out their houses to receive overnight guests, so travelers can spend the next day enjoying the fields bordered with eucalyptus trees and filled with the typical cantuta flowers of Lake Titicaca
This beautiful town has a distinctive catholic religious setting since many Spanish Jesuits moved here during the 1500s. They constructed several temples in this region, leaving an important historical and cultural heritage in one of the most remote locations within the region. Here you can see the Temple of Fertility and Amaru Muru also known as Wilca Uta, it is a mysterious door carved in a stone more than 7 meters high. Aramu Muru originated different theories about its use during Inca times, where all highlight this place as a portal to another dimension.
It is located approximately 40 kilometers from the city of Puno. The Sillustani funeral complex is where you can enjoy the view of surprising tombs belonging to the ancient Kolla culture, which had its development in the peninsula of Lake Umayo.
The Sun Island
This amazing island is believed to be the birthplace of the Inca civilization and is home to numerous ancient ruins, including the Temple of the Sun and the Sacred Rock. Also, the place from where the founders of the Inca Empire, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, emerged. It is home to many ruins on its many islands, and a place of tranquility and beauty. Isla del Sol (Sun Island) is an island in the southern part of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. There are over 80 ruins on Sun Island. Most of these date to the Inca period during the 15th century AD.