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Titicaca Lake

Titicaca Lake is the highest navigable lake in the world! At an elevation of 3,820 m (12,530 ft), its extension of 170 square kilometers or 105 square miles makes it the largest lake in South America. Due to its natural wealth, it was designated as a National Reserve in 1978 as it has over sixty species of birds, fourteen species of native fish and eighteen species of amphibians. Its altitude means the air is pleasantly cool and the azure waters particularly stunning. Take a boat trip from Puno to explore the lake and visit the famous man-made floating islands of Uros. If you have more time, take a longer journey to the “real” islands of Amantani and Takile and stay with a local family! There are more than seventy islands in the lake, the largest and most sacred being the Island of the Sun in the Bolivian side of the Lake.

Just 34 km from Puno is Sillustani, an impressive burial ground dating back to the 12th century which was built by the Kolla people and later developed by the Incas. This site was reserved for the nobility who were buried in funeral towers called ‘Chullpa’ which means tomb. According to historical records, the body was first mummified and then placed in the tomb in a fetal position. Additionally, the wife, servants, and favorite animals were killed and buried with the deceased, which was an honor rather than a sacrifice. They also placed their most valuable possessions inside the grave, such as gold and silver objects, ceramic utensils, and food. People believed in the after-life, so they were buried with everything that they would need to start a new life. Sillustani is not the only burial site of this kind, but it is the best preserved. Needless to say, the surrounding scenery is awesome!
Titicaca Lake<br />
Titicaca Lake
Amantany Island<br />
Amantany Island
Home on Urus Island<br />
Home on Urus Island
Takile weaving<br />
Takile weaving