Lake Titicaca sits on the border of Peru and Bolivia in the Andes mountains. It is considered to be the birthplace of the Incas and of the sun. The lake is the largest in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world. Titicaca is most well known for its still water and bright blue reflections. Its rich history makes it home to many Inca ruins.
Lake Titicaca’s islands are famous for their beauty and peaceful traditional living, dating back to pre-Columbian times.
These man-made islands constructed from reeds are fascinating to witness. Each islet is home to between one and ten Uros families, who use the buoyant totora reeds to construct huts, boats and even play equipment. Soft and springy grounds on the Uros Islands are the result from the totora reeds are continuously replenished from the top to counteract the rotting from the bottom.
Sillustani - Archaeological Site
The chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani can be spotted for miles against an otherwise desolate altiplano landscape. The towers were used to buried the nobility was the Colla people. The ancient Colla people, who once dominated the Lake Titicaca area were a warlike, Aymara-speaking tribe, who became the southeastern group of the Incas.
The most impressive towers are found at Sillustani, where the tallest reaches a height of 12m. The towers housed the remains of complete family groups, along with food and belongings for their journey into the next world.