Travel Tip Lake Titicaca / Floating Islands:
On a tour of some of the floating islands, you can convince yourself of the creative and highly robust construction of the subsoil itself. There is already the possibility of admiring the material itself, since the boats with which it is moving are also made of reeds that grow on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Of course, the islands can also be entered! Note: in some of the artificial islands, the soil can be very soft and flexible.
These contrast sharply with the glistening and golden remains of the island, covered with Ichu grass, which the herds of alpacas care for with love. Even the rare vicuñas live here, with their wool immensely valuable.
Tip: In the charm of the summit you can meditate not only at sunrise and sunset, you can also book a guide with astronomical knowledge. This explains the stellar interpretation of the Inca at night. By motorboat you can reach Suasi from Puno in approximately three and a half hours.
At the time of the name change, the city was supplemented with many Protestant church buildings that can still be visited today. Other points of interest include the Balcón del Conde de Lemus, built in 1668 to house the viceroy and now the seat of the National Institute of Culture. It is also worth visiting: the Cathedral of Puno, the “House of the Corregidor”, the viewpoints “Kuntur Huasi” and “Puma Uta”, the towers of the Kolla culture and the adjacent National Park “Titicaca National Reserve”.
Puno proudly calls itself the folklore capital of Peru. Although the ‘Festival de la Virgen de la Candelaria’, which takes place in February, is one of the highlights of the festival calendar in Puno, there are also many smaller shows and events. Here, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, travelers will discover the traditional costumes, the variety of Peruvian music and the cheerful hospitality of the region. However, right at the time of the ‘Festival de la Virgen de la Candelaria’, the hotels are booked quickly and the prices in the restaurants and for the tours increase a bit.
Travel report Lake Titicaca
In Lima Street, where dozens of travel agencies are located, we spontaneously booked a half-day boat trip on Lake Titicaca. My friend Marie had advised me to do this tour before going to the “typical” tourist magnets such as the Uru Islands or the “Isla del Sol”. And he was right, because this half day on Lake Titicaca was magical.
First, it goes along the shore, where the water is not too deep and more brown. But you can see many birds on the shore and I was glad to have packed my good lens in the backpack.
The further we went towards Lake Titicaca, the blue became the water, and you could actually see some places, because it was clear as water!
After arriving in Puno in the afternoon, we used the time before dinner to take a walk through the weekend market, which is relatively “not very touristy”. Hot: lots of fresh fruits, some memories. Of course, my better half could not afford to buy a wonderfully tender (and brightly colorful) blanket. Well, he’s still lying on the couch at home today and he reminds us of this trip to Lake Titicaca.
One night on Lake Titicaca
The next day, we had booked a guided tour, which should take us both to Isla del Sol and to the Uru Islands. But, curiously, for us the highlight was the visit to the Isla de la Luna, because before we were allowed to enter, we first had to endure a ritual.
Our guide took a group of red chants, which have a deep meaning for the locals, and dipped them in the water before it passed through their heads. After that, we had to take something like an oath in the Quechua language. Our guide states that the oath means “Do not lie, do not steal and do not be lazy,” but maybe I have mortgaged my soul with that, who knows.
On the island itself, we visit the Temple of the Fools, to which the descendants of the Incas still come today to meditate and learn new skills. It was a very quiet place with a really nice view of Lake Titicaca and the Andes.
We spent our last night at Lake Titicaca with a cold beer over an extremely delicious meal in a small restaurant on a side street on Lima Street. The next morning should continue early, next destination: La Paz!
Hotels on the Titicaca
If you are looking for a place to stay, you can choose between the Peruvian side and the Bolivian side of the lake. Either in one of the cities like Copacabana or Puno. The islands also offer places to spend a wonderful night in this beautiful lake. To make up for the lack of luxury, hospitality and service awaits you that you will never forget.
A special accommodation is the Uros Lake Titicaca Lodge. You will spend the night on a floating island.