Among the many ancient feasts that are still celebrated in Peru, the Virgin of Candelaria festival stands out for being the most colorful and massive of them all, a symbol of the religious syncretism among aymara, quechua and spanish culture that is revealed through the dance of the peculiar characters that are part of its [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
On the highlands of Tinajani, we can find Tarukani. Considered the largest Puya Raimondii forest in the world. Puya Raimondii are gigantic and primitive plants that belong to the pineapple family. This plant has a large inflorescence formed by 15000 small white and yellow flowers that are pollinated by hummingbirds. Once the plant blooms it [...]
Tinajani is a broad ichu grass valley, where stands an imposing forest of gigantic rocks, crossed by a small stream of cold water. Hills and stone walls take characteristic forms due to the erosive action of wind and rain. In some areas the lower part of the walls there are some tombs and chulpas, where [...]