It seems that the name of this island, of approximately 10 km2 of extension, comes from the surname of its first owners: the Gonzalez family of Taquila, known in many of the islands of Lake Titicaca, whose designation comes from the names of its trustees. Taquile currently has a population of about 2,500 people in… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Monuments and History
Chucuito, one of the 13 provinces that form the department of Puno, was the tax center during colonial times.It is located to the south of the city, about 15 kilometers on the road towards the border of Desaguadero, and in it can be appreciatec a rich archeology that goes back up to a thousand years… Read more »
Throughout the whole Colca valley in Peru are 26 churches, some of them with unique characteristics.
Approximately halfway of the trip that links Arequipa with Colca Canyon is the National Reserve Salinas and Agua Blanca, which has an extension of approximately 370 thousand hectares taken as an aim for the conservation of the vicuña, that this puna preserves and feeds to a lot of communities and the city of Arequipa itself.
This group of artificial islands, which number ranges between 40 and 50, is located off the Bay of Puno, about 6 kilometers from the city. These floating islands built with totoras or rushes that are born in the Titicaca and over which stand the different living spaces: bedrooms, schools, stores, etc.. The islands are anchored… Read more »
The Plaza de Armas, one of the largest and most beautiful of Peru, is the center of the city and where most of the social life happens for locals and visitors of Arequipa.
The lake Umayo, that thousands of years ago was joined to the Titicaca, is situated next to the chullpas of Sillustani, located halfway between Puno and Juliaca.
The tiny town of Lampa is located about 25 kilometers from Juliaca, inside Puno´s highlands. The Santiago Apostol Church, built in stone is one of the most important buildings of the city. Inside this church there is an identical replica of Michelangelo´s la pieta, capping a stunning black marble mausoleum of Mr. Torres Bellón, who… Read more »
On the Interoceanic Highway, that leads to the rainforest of Madre de Dios, there is a small town that hides a religious gem. A small chapel made of mud and thatched roof dedicated to the Virgen de la Natividad. The chapel has 235 years old, and only has a single tower. Next to its entry,… Read more »
Its full name is the Monastery of St. Catherine of Siena of Arequipa. It is the only monastery in the whole world within which stands a citadel, whose streets are called by Spanish cities. Founded in the mid-sixteenth century by the Viceroy Francisco Toledo. The first prioress was the rich young Maria de Guzman, who… Read more »