Most people have heard of Lake Titicaca – thanks to its unusual name. The lake straddles the border between Bolivia and Peru, and there are many towns and villages around the Peruvian side of the lake offering accommodation to those who want to head off on some guided walks in the area.
There are many areas around the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca that are good for walkers to explore. Here are some of the things you can look forward to if you opt to try some walks in Peru here.
Exploring the Uro islands
These unusual islands exist in Lake Titicaca, a short distance out into the lake from Puno, a popular city on the shores of the lake where many tourists stay while exploring this area. There are more than 40 islands in all, and they are artificial – made from totora reeds. The Inca families living on the islands have created them over time from bundles of these reeds, all tied together to form larger islands on which they live. It is quite an experience to see them and to walk from one to another. Indeed you will often feel the reeds give underfoot as you walk across them. Over time, each bundle of reeds breaks up and must be replaced by another. The people living here spend much of their time simply maintaining the islands themselves.
Visiting the Titicaca National Reservation
There are many walks in Peru that can be navigated through the Titicaca National Reservation. This lies at the northern end of the lake and is home to several dozen different types of migratory birds. Other species reside here all year round – the zambullidor del Titicaca being one of them, as you might guess from the name. Watch out for flamingos here too, looking resplendent in their beautiful and familiar colours.
The reserve was initially formed back in 1978. Since then a wide variety of flora and fauna has thrived here. You may even catch sight of the Andean wild wolf while you are there; you never know what you may come across.
Exploring the island of Taquile
This island isn’t far from the Uro islands, but it is markedly bigger than them and is not manmade. It is home to around 2,000 people, every one of whom has a very traditional way of living. This is an island that has refused to bow to modern life. You will see no cars here, which is ideal if you decide to trek across the undulating terrain over the course of a day or two.
These are just three of the places you can visit when enjoying walks in Peru around the area of Lake Titicaca. It is quite easy to spend an entire holiday exploring the shores and islands of the Peruvian side of the lake. The diverse nature of some of the peoples living in this area is quite remarkable and well worth experiencing when you stay in this part of the country.