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Lake Titicaca Puno Region  Peru
Lovely Lampas Puno Region  Peru
Matching Smiles Puno Region  Peru
"Whatcha got there?" Puno Region  Peru
"I'm watching you" Puno Region  Peru
Puno Pop of Color Puno Region  Peru
Red Reflection Puno Region  Peru
Lake Titicaca Sunrise Puno Region  Peru
Handmade With Care Puno Region  Peru
The Magical Uros Floating Islands Puno Region  Peru
Early Morning Fishing on Lake Titicaca Puno Region  Peru
A Special Boat Ride on Lake Titicaca Puno Region  Peru
Visit the One-of-a-Kind Uros Islands on Peru's Lake Titicaca Puno Region  Peru
Lake Titicaca Puno Region  Peru
The highest lake "Titicaca" in Bolivia Puno Region  Peru
Salkantay & Titicaca Tours 14days Puno Region  Peru
Losing your sense of direction on Lake Titicaca Puno Region  Peru
Lake Titicaca Reed Boat "Captain" Puno Region  Peru
Lake Titicaca Puno Region  Peru
Lovely Lampas Puno Region  Peru
Matching Smiles Puno Region  Peru
"Whatcha got there?" Puno Region  Peru
"I'm watching you" Puno Region  Peru
Puno Pop of Color Puno Region  Peru
Red Reflection Puno Region  Peru
Lake Titicaca Sunrise Puno Region  Peru
Handmade With Care Puno Region  Peru
The Magical Uros Floating Islands Puno Region  Peru
Early Morning Fishing on Lake Titicaca Puno Region  Peru
A Special Boat Ride on Lake Titicaca Puno Region  Peru
Visit the One-of-a-Kind Uros Islands on Peru's Lake Titicaca Puno Region  Peru
Lake Titicaca Puno Region  Peru
The highest lake "Titicaca" in Bolivia Puno Region  Peru
Salkantay & Titicaca Tours 14days Puno Region  Peru
Losing your sense of direction on Lake Titicaca Puno Region  Peru
Lake Titicaca Reed Boat "Captain" Puno Region  Peru
Lake Titicaca
Legend has it that the first Incas, children of the sun, set down on earth at Lake Titicaca, making this a sacred place, the cradle of life itself. Travelers with more than a week to spend in Peru should plan to visit the beautiful and enormous Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Part of the serene lake lies within Peruvian territory, while the other half is Bolivian. (An ideal trip would include at least one overnight at the spectacular Titilaka Hotel on Suasi Island.)

Lake Titicaca Sunrise
One of my favorite places when I visited Peru in April was the famous Lake Titicaca in Puno. At 12,500 feet above sea level and nestled between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the highest commercially navigable lake in the world. The lake has a fascinating history: Incan mythology cites it as the place from which the rest of the world emerged. On any trip to Peru a visit to Lake Titicaca is a must-do, and make sure to wake up early enough one morning to catch a beautiful sunrise over the lake.

Red Reflection
One of the things that surprised me most about Puno on the banks of Lake Titicaca was the unexpected bursts of color scattered throughout the town. My husband and I wandered a bit off the beaten path in Puno and were rewarded with beautiful buildings like this one, painted bright red with windows that reflected the ornate church tower across the courtyard. You might not want to wander too far off Puno's main, well-travelled streets at night, but during the day make sure to get out and see all the colors the town has to offer.

Puno Pop of Color
Visiting Puno, Peru, on the banks of Lake Titicaca in April, my husband and I were pleasantly surprised by the unexpected pops of color we found when we wandered off the beaten path and into the town's many alleyways and courtyards. I love that most of the houses in Peru displayed a rooftop icon similar to the one here, with bulls to represent prosperity, a cross to represent their belief in Christianity, and a ladder to represent progress. If you find yourself in wonderful Puno, make sure to take some time to walk the town's lesser-travelled streets (at least during the day, maybe not at night), where you'll be rewarded with unexpected finds like this one.

"I'm watching you"
In March, my husband and I spent a few nights in Puno, Peru, on the banks of Lake Titicaca. One of the best things we did during our stay was to hire a guide for a day to drive us to some of the smaller towns outside Puno. We wanted to get a better sense of how the local people lived around Lake Titicaca, what day-to-day life was like at 12,000+ feet of elevation in rural Peru. We told our guide to take us somewhere visitors usually don't usually go, and he chose a delightful town called Lampas about an hour outside Puno.

While wandering through charming Lampas, at one point I got the distinct feeling that I was being watched. I looked around and saw that I was, in fact, being scrutinized pretty closely by this young boy - he must have wondered why I was taking pictures of his town. There are many fascinating, beautiful towns around the more-popular Puno, so if you visit Lake Titicaca, take a day, hire a knowledgeable guide, and tell him or her to take you somewhere most people don't think to visit. You won't be disappointed.

"Whatcha got there?"
When visiting Lake Titicaca in Puno, Peru, in March, my husband and I decided that we wanted to spend a day getting off the beaten path, exploring some of the small towns around the lake that most tourists skip. We grabbed our cameras, hired a guide, and were on our way! We told the guide to take us to a town where we could see what a typical day was like for people living at 12,000+ feet around Lake Titicaca, and he chose the town of Lampas near Juli. At one point, our gregarious guide asked if we wanted to stop by his friend's house to really get a sense of rural Peruvian daily life, and of course we jumped at the chance! This was his friend's daughter, and she charmed us all. She was fascinated with my camera, and it thrilled her when I took a photo of her and showed it to her on the camera's screen. The day spent exploring Lampas and Juli with our wonderful guide was the highlight of our visit to the Lake Titicaca area - not something I'll soon forget.

Matching Smiles
My husband and I visited Puno, Peru, in March to see Lake Titicaca, and at one point we decided that we wanted to spend a day exploring some of the small towns around the lake that most tourists skip. So we hired a wonderful guide and asked him to take us to his favorite off-the-beaten-path towns in the Lake Titicaca area. We explained that we really wanted to get a sense of what daily life was like for the people living at 12,000+ feet elevation around Lake Titicaca. He obliged and chose the towns of Lampas and Juli, about an hour outside Puno.

At one point, our generous guide asked if we wanted to visit his friend's house near Lampas for a truly up-close view of Peruvian daily life, and of course we jumped at the chance! This was our guide's friend, and he turned out to be the warmest, most hospitable person we met in Peru. He had a permanent smile on his face and his good mood was contagious. Although he and his family didn't necessarily have a lot of material wealth, they seemed to be some of the happiest people I've ever met. The man was especially proud of his llamas, this white one being his favorite one. I couldn't get over how he and his llama had matching smiles - they made a perfect pair! The day we spent in Lampas and Juli with our wonderful guide and his friend was the highlight of our visit to the Lake Titicaca area, an experience I won't soon forget.

Lovely Lampas
While visiting Lake Titicaca in Puno, Peru, my husband and I decided that we wanted to get off the beaten path and explore some of the small towns around the lake that most tourists skip, so we grabbed our cameras, hired a guide, and were off. We told the guide to take us to his favorite towns in the area so we could get a sense of what daily life was like for the people living at 12,000+ foot above sea level around the lake. He chose the lovely towns of Lampas and Juli for our visit. Lampas was amazing, with almost all of the buildings painted a beautiful shade of dark pink. I loved the pink of this building against the colorful flowers in its courtyard. The day we spent in charming Lampas was the best of our time in the Lake Titicaca area, not something I will soon forget.

Handmade With Care
During a March 2011 trip to Lake Titicaca in Peru, my husband and I hired a guide for a day and asked him to take us to his favorite off-the-beaten-path towns in the area. What a great decision - that day wandering through the countryside is one of our favorite memories of Peru!

After a visit to beautiful Juliaca, our guide surprised us with an impromptu stop at his friend's house in the rural Peruvian countryside because he knew how interested we were in Peruvian daily life - he thought we would enjoy meeting his friend's family and seeing how they lived. The family generously welcomed us into their home, at one point even showing us their traditional way of weaving alpaca rugs on a loom. This particular rug was being made from baby alpaca wool so it was especially soft. That day we spent traveling through the towns around the Lake Titicaca isn't one I'll soon forget, and I'm so grateful to our guide and the hospitality of his friend's family.

A Special Boat Ride on Lake Titicaca
Last year when visiting Peru's beautiful Lake Titicaca, my husband and I went back and forth about whether to visit the lake's famous Uros Floating Islands. We'd received mixed reviews from travelers who'd already visited the islands. Ultimately we decided to give it a shot and hired a private boat for the trip to the islands as it didn't cost much more than a group boat and the owner catered more to our schedule and interests.

Our decision to visit the Uros Floating Islands was one of the best we made during our trip. Aside from learning about the Uros people's fascinating culture, one of the young Uros men, seeing how interested we were in learning about how the Uros live on their reed islands, treated us to a really special experience - a ride in his traditional reed boat!

When visiting Lake Titicaca, I definitely would suggest that you visit the Uros Floating Islands for a glimpse at a life lived literally on a lake. It was unlike anything I'd seen before or since.

Early Morning Fishing on Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca was one of my favorite stops during my April trip to Peru. Towering 12,500 feet above sea level and nestled between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the highest commercially navigable lake in the world.

The lake has a fascinating history: Incan mythology cites it as the place from which the rest of the world emerged.

On any trip to Peru, a visit to Lake Titicaca is a must-do. Make sure to wake up early enough to catch a fisherman like this one gliding quietly over the calm waters in search of fresh fish for breakfast.

The Magical Uros Floating Islands
On any trip to Lake Titicaca, a visit to the Uros Floating Islands is a must-do. You can hire a boat (a group boat if you want to save a bit of money or a private one that costs a bit more but allows you more freedom) for the short trip across the lake to the islands.

You'll enjoy a first-hand view of the fascinating islands that are made from living reeds and meet the charming and resourceful Uros people who've lived on the islands for generations. The Uros make everything they need from the reeds, from their furniture to their homes to the boats they use to navigate around Lake Titicaca.

That day on the Uros Floating Islands was a memorable one for my husband and me, a wonderful memory we won't forget any time soon.

Visit the One-of-a-Kind Uros Islands on Peru's Lake Titicaca
On any trip to Lake Titicaca, a visit to the Uros Floating Islands is a must-do. You can hire a boat (a group boat if you want to save some money, or a private one that costs a bit more but allows you a bit more freedom) for the short trip across the lake to the islands.

You'll enjoy a first-hand view of the fascinating islands that are made from living reeds and meet the charming and resourceful Uros people who've lived on the islands for generations. The Uros make everything they need from the reeds, from their furniture to their homes to the boats they use to navigate around Lake Titicaca.

That day on the Uros Floating Islands was a memorable one for my husband and me, a wonderful memory we won't forget any time soon.

Lake Titicaca
Located on the border between Perú and Bolivia, this is the highest lake in the world and a mystical, fascinating place. Legend has it that Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, the sons of Inti the sun god, emerged from the waters of Lake Titicaca to found the Inca Empire. It is certainly true that this place is surrounded by amazing views. The water's surface is dotted with forty-two floating islands made from the totora reeds that grow in the lake. The larger islands like Uros and Taquile are each home to about ten families, while smaller islands may only house two or three.

The highest lake "Titicaca" in Bolivia
Lago Titicaca is 3,810m above sea level. The Highest mountain in Republic of Korea that is Hanla Mt. is 1950m. I can saw horizon at Titicaca. Can you imagine? Even though there were any romantic mood that I thought, I felt breathtaking again. The clouds were low flows at Titicaca.

Salkantay & Titicaca Tours 14days
This amazing trek runs beneath the sacred Salkantay mountain (6.271m/20569ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes, passing through Quechua communities and lesser-known Inca ruins, to finally reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day. The impressive Sacred Inca city of Machupicchu is visited on the last day of the program. This itinerary is an interesting alternative for those not having found spaces on the Inca Trail trek to Machupicchu.

Lake Titicaca Reed Boat "Captain"
We enjoyed a cloud free day when visiting the floating island of Uros on Lake Titicaca Peru. The sky reflected the deep cerulean blue of the lake water, and this young man slowly and silently guided our boat around his home island.

Losing your sense of direction on Lake Titicaca
Looking out it felt a bit like we were at the end of the Earth. The water and the sky seemed to touch and perfectly mirrored one another in color. Some ripples in the water made by the soft wake of our small boat and a wispy cloud or two, helped to remind us which was which.

The sun is strong on Lake Titicaca, a lake so enormous it's hard to believe it's an enclosed body of water, especially when you're coasting through in its center and can just barely make out the wheat-colored shoreline.

We felt a lot peace traveling here, embracing the warmth of the sun in sharp contrast to the stiff chill of the wind that whips around this region of the world in fall. We island hopped, met travelers from all over the world, and shared in the awe and beauty of being surrounded by a distinct and pristine blue hue.

The only thing that disrupted all this magnificence? The motor. The loud loud motor. A singular (unavoidable) flaw in jumping on a tour using 30-year-old-boat...

Lake Titicaca