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Lake Titicaca Islands
Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. It has a surface elevation of 3,812 meters or 12,507 ft. Lake Titicaca and its islands play an important role in Inca mythology. It is the birth place of the Inca Empire and it is where the mythic journey to Cusco starts. The unique Uros Islands of Lake Titicaca are a group of 41 manmade floating islands located just 5km east of Puno’s harbor. They are the top tourist attraction as there is nothing like them to be found anywhere else in the world.
Folklore in Puno
Puno is considered the Folkloric Capital of Peru, there are more than 300 different local dances representing centuries old traditions inherited from the Incas and the colony. Folk dances and songs are accompanied by colorful costumes and masks to celebrate Catholic holidays or Inca celebrations related to the agricultural calendar. These celebrations are based on beliefs and myths of the relationship between men and god, to honor Andean gods, Catholic saints and the Virgin Mary.
Lake Titicaca history
Lake Titicaca is a geological wonder formed during the pre-ice age about sixty million years ago. The lake was formed when massive earthquakes shook the Andes Mountains splitting the range in two and forming a hollow that eventually got filled with water from the melting glaciers, creating bodies of water and ultimately rivers and the immense Lake Titicaca.
Lake Titicaca Facts
Largest lake in South America in terms of volume.
Highest navigable lake in the world
It is Located at an altitude of approximately 12,500 feet of 3,810 meters above sea level.
It covers an area of 8,300 sq km or 3,240 sq miles.
It extends for 190 km or 118 miles in length and 80 km or 49 miles in width.
It has a maximum depth of 284m or 931feet with the average being 106m or 350 feet.