With Lago Titicacaâ€™s status as the highest navigable lake in the world and the birthplace of the Inca gods, the region has plenty of activities that can't be experienced anywhere else in Peru.
In the larger towns, like Puno and Juliaca, travelers should check out the museums and colonial churches. Ancient ruins, like the sacred sites still used for Pachamama ceremonies on Isla AmantanĂ and chullpa funerary towers like those at Sillustani, scatter the landscape. Especially enigmatic is the â€śphallicâ€ť temple at Chucuito.
On Lake Titicacaâ€™s many islands, visitors may roll up their sleeves with farm chores, taste local foods and learn native dances from their host families. This opportunity to share the lives of these traditional indigenous peoples is a highlight of any visit to the region, and a unique opportunity to learn a different world vision.
The lakeâ€™s deep hues against the bright white snow-capped peaks, colorful markets and fantastic fiestas with masked dancers provide photographers with plenty of pictures to share back home. The reed-sheltered shores shelter hundreds of types of avifauna, making this a birdwatcherâ€™s Eden. Other activities are hiking, kayaking and fishing.