Taquile Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

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 6 zones or suyos, that have at least one port of disembarkation. Continue reading

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The most beautiful southern coast

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 before Christ, although it has been confirmed traces of ancient societies hunters and gatherers with an antiquity of more than 10,000 years.There are also outstanding churches from the earliest times of the Colony and a nature formed by bays and sandy beaches in which some operators offer mountain biking experiences. Continue reading

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Land of the clay little bulls

Pucara´s main square, where the church of Santa Isabel is constructed in stone and located in its high part, concentrates all the activity of this small locality Quechua located about 100 kilometers from Puno, on the road to Cusco. Continue reading

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The National Reserve of Arequipa

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. Continue reading

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The floating islands of Uros

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 to prevent the currents dragging them and settlers periodically incorporate layers of totora that keep them in good condition. Continue reading

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The Plaza de Armas of Arequipa

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. Continue reading

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The hidden lake Umayo

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. Continue reading
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The hats of the Colca

In the Colca Valley can be found two nationalities clearly identified by their hats.

The Collaguas, natives of origin Aymara, live in the high parts of the valley dedicated to raise camels and sheep, their hats are white decorated with colored sequins and made of a hard material. Continue reading

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Callalli Castles

The town of Callalli is located on the top of Colca, place of connection for different paths that lead to Cusco and Puno. It´s also the starting point for some of the adventure activities that take place at this area, such as hiking and mountain biking. Callalli´s people are expert traders of craft, commerce, potato and andean cereal farming and especially to cattle raising. Next to Callalli there are some enormous rock formations, Stone walls, known as the Castles of Callalli. In this walls you can practice rock climbing. If you get to the top, you can get beautiful views of rivers and mountains that form some miles later, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Very close to these cliffs of stone is Mollepunku cave inside which yo can see some petroglyphs. Based on studies, the early human populations that occupied Colca first settled on this higher parts. Continue reading

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