Lake Titicaca

Located in the boarder with Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, and the highest lake in South America. Local attractions include Uros, also knowns as the floating islands, and Taquile. The Uros islands were built by the Uru people from layers of cut totora, a thick buoyant reed that grows abundantly in the shallows of Lake Titicaca. Taquile is a hilly island located 45 kilometers east of Puno. It is narrow and long and was used as a prison during the Spanish Colony and into the 20th century. In 1970 it became property of the Taquile people, who have inhabited the island since. Pre-Inca ruins are found on the highest part of the island, and agricultural terraces on hillsides. From the hillsides of Taquile you have a view over the white snow tops of the Bolivian mountains.

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