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Menlo Park

Awesome trip here from Cusco Peru to Puno Peru to visit Lake Titicaca. Visited the funeral towers on shores of Lake Titicaca, floating islands, stayed with local family on the island of Amarante, then on to Copacabana,Bolivia where I visited Isla del Sol, and Isla del Luna. A trip of a lifetime. Flew from Lima to Cusco, backpacked to Machu Piccu, then took train from Cusco to Puno. 3wks in Peru, life changing.

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San Francisco

Lake Titicaca, which spreads between southern Peru and Bolivia, lies about 12,000 feet high. This high altitude means the weather is cool year round, sunscreen is required and some travelers have to take a shot of oxygen before bed. The main city on the lake is Puno, though the airport is located an hour north in Juliaca.

Titicaca has been on my travel list ever since I heard about the famous floating islands and beautiful scenery. I was lucky enough to make a quick stop here and visit these made-made wonders. There are about 75 floating islands on the lake, most of which are located in the Bay of Puno. People create the islands completely from the reeds, first establishing an anchor then layering ground cover. They then develop homes, cooking huts, restaurants and stores on top, all with the reeds. The inhabitants can even eat and cook with the reeds – what a creative approach for making a home!

During my visit to I was lucky enough to witness their version of Carnaval in Puno. Each community celebrates a bit differently, but typically it’s all-day party hopping beginning early in the morning. They erect trees with things like balloons, blankets, books etc. Then they dance around the tree and take turns chopping it down. When the tree falls everyone rushes for goods (much like a piñata). What a great reminder of how similar we all are in this world: we all love music, food, drinks, friends, family and laughs.

What I love most about Titicaca is the unique and beautiful remote scenery. The lake offers stunning views while the countryside boasts contrasting colors and animals. All of this creates such a peaceful, relaxing environment where I could settle into my own thoughts. I was lucky enough to stay at Titilaka, which truly embraces the tranquil lake setting, and in my opinion is the only place to stay while visiting this lovely part of the world.

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Harrogate

Okay you are short of breath in the thin air however the place is spectacular althouh trapped in the middle ages. The indigenous people make artificial islands and build floating villages and live on the lake. Not for the faint hearted and many of the towns are primitive and risky to venture out in the eveningsascinating place though.

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Sofia

Titicaca lake is ... lake Titicaca. You should go to Puno (which is nothing exceptional) and get a boat that visits the urus floating islands (isla fotante). Puno and lake Titicaca are very close to Bolivia, so if you plan to visit also Bolivia, you can stop by the temple of the Moon (on an island in the lake). Be prepared that it might be cold (any time of the year). The lake is also situated at 3,812 m (12,507 ft) above see level, so the air is not so "dense" as one is normally used to :)

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San Francisco

This is the highest Lake in the world. The best attraction in Puno are the floating islands. Native people show you how the live on the island (very touristic).

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