Our hotel in Puno
Puno offers three great experiences. First of all, the magnificent lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, located between Peru and Bolivia. It has an area of 8,600 km2 and a maximum depth of 285 meters, characteristics which create especial climate conditions that allowed for the birth of life and the domestication of species thousands of years ago.
The lake, which includes a protected area called the National Titicaca Reserve, has approximately 40 islands. Half of these islands are Peruvian and their names come from the Spanish encomendadoreswho lived in this area. The floating islands of the Uros and Taquile stand out due to their extraordinary weavings, which were recognized as a World Heritage by the UNESCO. The enigmatic chullpas de Sillustaniare located in Lake Utumayo, a part of Titicaca.
Between Puno and Juliaca is the Umayo lake which millions of years ago belonged to a much greater Titicaca, covering almost the entire Altiplano. Next to that lake are chullpas Sillustani and several Qoyas communities where you can live rich life experiences.
In the southern route to Desaguadero and Bolivia are some of the most interesting churches in southern Peru. In Chucuito, wrench, Juli and Pomata, the Jesuits built temples, between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which were the epicenter of the expeditions to the missions of Paraguay and the Route de Mojos in Bolivia. In the church of San Juan Bautista de Juli an extraordinary wealth of paintings from the Cusco School that make this place a must visit on our trip to the heights remains.
The other experience offered by this department is inside, between the pampas and a bunch of grass. The Altiplano has hiding places little known but full of magic, history and splendor. In Lampa, the pink city located 30 minutes from Juliaca, preserved a beautiful church made of stone, two identical replica of the Pieta by Michelangelo and a museum of the painter Humareda.
From Ayaviri, which includes the Cathedral, cheeses and Cancacho, the characteristic dish of lamb, there is an access of rocks to the forest Tinajani. In this vast natural area the wind has created fanciful shapes with cannons and sandstone, making the site a magical and unique place in the department. Every August there is a festival of native dances that brings together thousands of dancers from across the Ande.
At the top of Tinajani is Tarukani, the forest of Puya Raimondi, the largest of Peru. These plants have the biggest inflorescence in the world, made up of thousands of tiny flowers are fertilized in turn by the smallest bird there, the hummingbird.
And finall the city of Puno. The capital of the department of the same name retains a rich history that is reflected in their churches, plazas and colonial houses. But perhaps its their dances, costumes, music and folk art what stands out the most. It is this culture that can be seen in February during the Virgen de la Candelaria festivities, and many other held in neighborhoods and nearby communities. Without a doubt, Puno is considered the folklore capital of Peru and America.