The city of Puno, Peru is the perfect point to enjoy the majesty and crystalline waters of Lake Titicaca. This lake, which captivates the entire world, is the highest and most navigable in the world.
Lake Titicaca has islands that maintain their pre-Columbian traditions. There are three important islands that are the most asked by travelers who are not afraid of heights.
The Three Islands of Lake Titicaca
Uros Floating Island
This island is located at approximately 3,800 m above sea level, and is built with reeds, a plant that grows under these cold waters.
On the island of the Uros, you can see houses, schools and churches also built with reeds.
The inhabitants of these almost 40 islands are the Aymaras, considered one of the oldest Andean civilizations in Peru, which were forged long before the Incas.
The economy of these settlers is based on fishing, the sale of handicrafts and barter. The distance it takes to reach the floating island of the Uros is 30 minutes from the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Travelers go to this point by boat from the Uros island in approximately 3 hours. The island of Taquile has a 567-step staircase and they have to be climbed if you want to see the upper part of the town to see a magical panorama never seen before.
On the island of Taquile there is no type of lodging, since community or experiential tourism takes place here. This means that the tourist must sleep in the house of the settlers and learn some jobs with them to be able to feed themselves.
Bartering is still carried out in this area inhabited by Quechua speakers. However, its main sources of income are agriculture, crafts and textile work, which has been recognized worldwide.
This place is full of abundant vegetation and beautiful fields. Amantaní Island is home to trees and flowers such as eucalyptus and cantuta. Also known as «the island of love» because of the romanticism evoked by its captivating landscapes, Amantaní Island is the largest in all of Lake Titicaca.
Like the island of Taquile, here you will not be able to find any type of lodging and you have the option of staying in the homes of the inhabitants, which allows you to better understand these ancestral communities that preserve the traditions of their ancestors.
There are also no means of transportation such as taxis or motorcycles, but they will move around walking or trekking.
From the floating islands of the Uros to Amantaní Island, this trip is done by boat and lasts approximately three hours.