TITICACA LAKE TOURS
The city of Puno is located in the south
east corner of Peru, on the shores of the magnificent Lake Titicaca and only
126km from the frontier with Bolivia.
At 3,827m in altitude, Puno is a rather cold and bleak town surrounded by the
desolate altiplano (or high plateau).
Lake Titicaca is the world's highest navigable lake and the center of a region
where thousands of subsistence farmers eke out a living fishing in its icy
waters, growing potatoes in the rocky land at its edge or herding llama and
alpaca at altitudes that leave Europeans and North Americans gasping for air. It
is also where traces of the rich Indian past still stubbornly cling, resisting
in past centuries the Spanish conquistadors' aggressive campaign to erase Inca
and pre Inca cultures and, in recent times, the lure of modernization.
When Peruvians talk of turquoise blue Titacaca
lake, they proudly note that it is so
large it has waves. This, the most sacred body of water in the Inca empire and
now the natural separation between Peru and Bolivia, has a surface area
exceeding 8,000 square kilometers (3,100 square miles), not counting its more
than 30 islands.
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