Lake Titicaca captivates with its archaeological ruins, breathtaking landscapes, centuries-old cultures and vibrant festivals. Visit altiplano towns, rural villages and islands, spot free-roaming llama and exotic birdlife and mingle with farmers dressed in traditional clothes and bowler hats.
Lake Titicaca straddles the Peru-Bolivia border and is set high up in the Andes. It is the world’s highest navigable lake and also a place of great spiritual importance. In Andean mythology the lake is the birthplace of civilization, where the Incan god Viracocha rose from the water to create the sun, moon, stars and all living beings.
A collection of interesting towns spreads around the shores of this glistening deep blue lake. Bustling Puno is the main hub and a town famous for colonial architecture and folkloric music. Marvel at the 500-year-old chullpa temples that dominate the skyline of Sillustani. Browse the ceramic and pottery galleries of Pucará and relax amid the pink-colored cityscape of Lampa. Wander the picturesque villages of the Capachica Peninsula.
There are approximately 40 islands on the lake, which you can discover on sailing, sea kayaking and island-hopping tours. Meet Quechua-speaking people and discover pre-Incan sites on Isla Taquile. Learn about ancestral Aymara customs on Isla Amantaní. Stay at the eco-lodge on Isla Suasi, home to pretty gardens and secluded swimming spots. Don’t miss the floating Islas Uros, where locals live in cane huts, hunt for wild birds and practice age-old fishing methods.
Placid in appearance, Lake Titicaca bursts to life with raucous music and flamboyant parades during celebrations of ancient holidays. Time your visit to coincide with February’s Festival de la Virgen de la Candeleria, the pre-Lenten Carnival and November’s Puno Week.
Lake Titicaca is a 20-hour bus ride from Lima. Organized tours from Puno are the most convenient way to visit the lake’s attractions. Save some time to discover the treasures on the Bolivian side of the lake. Delve into the culinary scene in Copacabana and visit villages and temple ruins on the mystical Isla del Sol and Isla de la Luna.
Lakes, Islands and Culture
Visit Puno’s main Catholic church which, with its two bell towers and ornate stone façade, is the focal point of the central Plaza de Armas.
Visit Puno’s main square, which forms the historic religious and social hub of “Peru's folkloric capital"on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Take a relaxing and scenic ride from Cusco to Puno in the company of a knowledgeable guide who introduces you to all the fascinating sights in between. Make lots of stops and take in sights of stunning Peruvian landscapes throughout your journey.
Glide through the bright blue waters of Lake Titicaca as your boat weaves through the unique floating islands of the Uru people. Learn about this community and their daily routines as you discover how they created these artificial isles out of reeds to make their homes.
Explore the ancient tombs of Sillustani, a pre-Incan necropolis that dates to the indigenous Colla people. The burial ground, which covers a massive stretch of land and features more than 90 stone chullpas (mausoleums), is a surprising reminder of the age and cultural richness of Peru.
A full day tour to explore Lake Titicaca. First we will visit the Uros, the friendly inhabitants of these handmade islands made of totora reeds. Then it’s off to Taquile Island, a place in which the settlers still maintain their ancestral traditions and colorful typical clothes.
Embark on a tour on board of a motorboat across the Lake Titicaca, be dazzled by the Uros floating islands and meet the unique community of Taquile on this full-day tour from Puno. This excursion starts with pickup from your hotel in Puno at 6:30 am and transfer to the port.
Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Lake Titicaca, Puno 21000 Peru In a mystical equilibrium with the environment, Lake Titicaca shows its vast natural wealth. Its cold blue waters surround the city of Puno and show fantastic places that keep its history and tradition intact.