Life on and around
At 3,812 m (12,500 ft) above sea level, it is one of the highest commercially navigable lakes in the world.
By volume of water, it is also the largest lake in South America.
The little town of Puno on the lakeshore,
is where we first encountered alpaca in Peru and saw alpaca garments being made and sold by the local women.
Just off shore from Puno, and a short reed boat ride away, are Lake Titicaca's unique
A motor boat ride from Puno takes you to
with a stunning view of the mountains of Bolivia in the background.
Neer Puno is Sillustani, a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo.
The tombs, built above ground in tower-like structures, were built by the Aymara who were conquered by the Inca in the 1400s. The structures housed the remains of complete family groups, probably.
Puno is an important agricultural and livestock region; particularly of South American camelids (llamas and alpacas) which graze on its immense plateaus and plains.
From Lake Titicaca, we took the train to a beautiful town
that was once the original capital of the vast Inca Empire,
Another trian ride, and we arrived at
Early the next morning we were headed out on a bus trip
up to Machu Picchu itself.