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Lake Titicaca Peru
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Lake Titicaca

In the South of the country, the mystical lake Titicaca lies 3,800 metres above sea level. It is very much like an inland sea, with its vast size and never-ending banks of reeds. The quality of light is exceptional - the clouds are so low and the surrounding peaks so close that you could almost touch them!

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca , Peru
Floating islands

These islands are said to "float" as they can be moved at will. Uros is the best known of these artificial islands.

© Florian Blamm / 123RF
Lake Titicaca , Peru
The women of Titicaca

The Uros are a peaceful people. They moved to the banks of the Titicaca to escape from the war-mongering Incas.

© Terrance Klassen / age fotostock
Lake Titicaca , Peru
Uros no more

The pure lineage of the Uros disappeared in 1950. Now, the islanders speak a different language to that of the original settlers.

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Lake Titicaca , Peru
The banks of Lake Titicaca

The lake can be crossed by boats which link the Peruvian port of Puno with the Bolivian city Huaqui.

© Edyta Pawlowska / 123RF
Lake Titicaca , Peru
The reed canoes

The canoes made of reeds are better known as "reed horses". They are used for fishing, the islanders' main activity.

© Rafal Cichawa / 123RF
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