Attractions

There are 41 islands on the lake Titicaca, though none of them is very large. There are also many attractions in the old town of Puno.

  1. Uros Islands or the Floating Islands are man made islands out of reeds. The reeds grow naturally on the banks of the lake, the Uros people take them and form islands out of them, by constantly adding reeds on the surface. These islands often float on the lake Titicaca, that is why they are also named Floating Islands. The islands (there are over 40 of them), are populated by hard living people, who survive by fishing and nowadays because of the increasing tourism. Their handcrafts are wonderful, and the people are very hospitable.
  2. Taquile Island (Isla Taquile) is a very interesting island on the Peruvian side of the lake. Tourism is strictly controlled by the old people, they will redirect you where to eat and where to sleep if you plan to stay there overnight. As everything in Peru, accommodation is very cheap (about $3 per night). You can get to Taquile from Puno for about $10, and there are daily cruises to the island. Usually these cruises will stop by on a floating island too, so don’t miss this unique experience.
  3. Island of the Sun (Isla del Sol) is the biggest island onLake Titicaca. It is best reached from Copacabana, on the Bolivian side of the lake. Worth visiting on the island is theGold Museum (which displays many Inca treasures), and the Fountain of Youth. 
  4. Puno Town Centre is worth visiting during your stay. The small town has many beautiful places to visit, especially the Puno Cathedral, built in 1757. Beware that the climate is pretty cold during the nights as the city is situated at over 3000m altitude.
  5. Amantani Island (Isla Amantani) is an island close to the Taquile Island. It is much more traditional than the later, and just as in Taquile, the elder people control the tourism too. If you will stay there overnight, you will enjoy the party that is organized there every night. You will get traditional dresses, and local people will help you learn their traditional dance.