Lago Titicaca

Lake Titicaca, at nearly 4000m, is the highest navigable lake in the world and according to legend the birth place of the Inca empire. The beautiful vistas of Andean peaks reflected in the lake under a bright clear sky belie the harshness of life in the area. The locals' burnt faces and woolly garments are testament to the freezing winds that blow down from the mountains and the power of the sun's rays at this latitude and altitude.

Uros Floating Islands

Uros Floating Islands The lake still supports a fairly traditional way of life for its inhabitants, the most curious being the Uros Indians who live on man-made floating islands. The Uros, seeking refuge from other tribes on the mainland, started building the floating islands from reeds a few centuries ago - small numbers still live on these islands today.

The remoteness of Kuelap means that very few tourists visit the area, making it not only a fascinating site, but an off-the-beaten-track adventure too.

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