A visit to Lake Titicaca in southeast Peru is an easy addition to your South American luxury cruise on Peru’s Amazon River with Aqua Expeditions.
It was at Lake Titicaca, according to legend, that the Sun God ordered his children, Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo, to rise from the lake waters and found the Incan civilization. Today, Lake Titicaca, at 12,500 feet, is the highest navigable lake in the world and is surrounded by even higher mountains, dividing the countries of Peru and Bolivia.
You will arrive at Lake Titicaca via the tiny shore town of Puno, which is well known for its rich folklore traditions and celebrations. Here, you are truly in an area untouched by time, as evidenced by the authentic lifestyles of the Quechua and Aymará, native cultures who live along the lake in the same way that their ancestors did many generations ago. Bring your camera to capture scenes of the Uros Islands in the Bay of Puno, a group of 40 islands woven from the reeds that grow along the shoreline, and that have been occupied by fishermen and their families, as well as others, for centuries. Further out into Lake Titicaca, stop at the island of Taquile, where the local Quechua people still wear traditional dress, and will be proud to show you the pre-Columbian ruins in the hills. The private Suasi Island has a lovely ecological reserve and small eco-lodge.
Contact us to arrange your Peru tour to Lake Titicaca after your Amazon River cruise with Aqua Expeditions.