Learn more about the three most important islands in Lake Titicaca
- Published on May 05, 2017 Destinations
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Every corner of Peru is different from each other, from its customs, culture, land, wonderful people, its local gastronomy and preparation of typical dishes. The land of the Incas is a country full of diversity, becoming a perfect place to travel and enjoy a well-deserved vacation. If you are looking for a balance with nature, there is no better idea than visiting and learning more about Puno.
In this city, Lake Titicaca is the perfect place to enjoy the majesty and crystal-clear water of the lake. This place, that captivates the whole world, is the highest navigable lake in the world.
Lake Titicaca has islands that keep alive pre-Columbian traditions. There are three important islands that are frequently asked about by travelers who are not afraid of heights.
These three islands in Lake Titicaca are as follows:
The floating islands of Uros
This island is located at 3800 m.a.s.l. approximately, and it is constructed from totora, a plant that grows under the cold water. In the Uros Island, there are houses, schools and churches build also with totora plant.
The Aymara people, who are considered as one of the most ancient Andean civilizations in Peru and who rose up long before the Incas, are the citizens in these almost 40 Islands.
Their economy is based on fishing, sale of handicrafts, and barter.
It takes about 30 minutes from the shores of Lake Titicaca to get to the Uros floating islands.
Travelers get to this place by boat from the Island of Uros in approximately 3 hours. Taquile Island has a 567-step stairs that you must go up if you want to visit the upper part of the town and watch a magical landscape.
There is no lodging in Taquile Island; instead, there is community-based or experienced-based tourism, which means that tourists should stay in the houses of locals and learn from them what they need to do to eat and survive.
Barter is still carried out in this place inhabited by Quechua speakers. However, their main means of income are agriculture, handicrafts, and textile work, which is worldwide-recognized.
It is a place full of vegetation and beautiful fields; Amantaní hosts trees and flowers such as gum trees and Qantuta flowers. It is also known as the “Love Island”; it is the biggest island in Lake Titicaca. Like Taquile, there is no lodging in this island, so you may stay in the houses of locals. There is no means of transportation such as taxis or tricycles in this place, instead of that, people walk or trek.
The journey by boat from the floating islands of Uros to Amantaní takes about three hours.
What to do in Lake Titicaca?
You can practice sports like diving, sailing and paddling. Another activity to carry out is kayaking, departing from Esteves Island to floating island of Uros. Trekking and cycling are also fun activities you will enjoy on the shores of this impressive lake.
Enjoy the amazing landscape and impressive islands in Lake Titicaca!