Main Turistic Attractions
- Titicaca Lake: it is the highest lake in the world. Located 3809 above sea level, with an area of 8560 square kilometers, a length of 194 square kilometers and an average width of 65 kilometers. The water contains a lot of animals ducks, fish, carachi and the trout. The most important plant is the totora (that feeds men and cattle, and is used to build houses and typical boats like caballitos de totora). Titicaca Lake that joins Peru and Bolivia, has 41 islands. The most important in Peru are Taquile and Amantani. These are floating islands inhabited by aymaras mixed with the last uros generation. The population fish using old webs and live in hogans made of totora.
- Floating uros islands, located 5 kilometers from Puno and with and altitude of 3810 meters above sea level, cold and dry weather. It is a group of 40 big totora islands where the inhabitants continue living like the ancient inhabitants. Every island is inhabited by 30 and 50 people. It is considered one of the oldest towns in America, maintaining customs and beliefs. Uros are called “kotsuña” that is lake town, their origins come before the Incas. Maintain the tradition of artesanal fishing specially suche and jungle birds hunting.
- Amantani island, located 36 kilometers from the port of Puno city, in front of Capachica Peninsula. The island has bushes plants. It is interesting visit the two natural viewers where you can appreciate prehispanic rests from Pacha temple Tata, Pacha Mama, Incachincaca, Inca Tihana and mummy cemetery.
- Taquile Island, located 35 kilometers from Puno, in Chunchito bay. The place was used like a political prison until the first years in XX century.
- Esteves island, located 65 kilometers from Puno. Contains important archaeological samples from Tihuanaco, Colla and Pucara culture. Many centuries later, during independence fight, it was a prison for Spanish people (1823 – 1824).
- Inca Uyo Archaeological Rests. Located 18 kilometers from Puno. Known like fertility temple. The construction feature carved stones with 2 meters walls. According to many researchers, it could be a very important ceremony center.
- Cutimbo archaeological complex, located at kilometer 22 from the road Puno – Moquegua. Prehispanic Cemetery that belonged to Lupacas and Collas families. There are footprints from Inka age and paintings 8000 years old.
- Sillustani archaeological complex, located 34 kilometers from Puno. Famous for Chulpas, circular towers made of stone to take rests of the ancient Collao population. From a short distance from the complex, it is located de Site Museum, where you can see varied pieces of Colla culture, Tihuanaco and Inca.