In July 2013 I will be leading a group to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Both have a unique history. While I have been to Machu Picchu, this will be my first time to Lake Titicaca – and I am so excited.
I have done some research and this is what I have found, according to www.perutourism.com:
Lake Titicaca is one of world’s most visually and culturally inspiring wonders, sitting 12,500 feet above sea level. Diverse Indian communities have inhabited the reed-clad shores and verdant mountaintops for centuries, preserving their identities with distinctive attire, languages and beliefs. It is astonishing that globalization has, as yet, failed to erase the traditions and customs of these ancient Andean civilizations. Here the past and present join together, around one of the most emblematic places of the Inca culture, this is also the birth place where, according to its worldview, emerged the founder couple of the universe, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo.
The waters of the lake unite 36 islands, one of the most known is Uros. This island is constructed in an artificial form upon totora reeds, a large plant with thin leaves that grows in the lake. This material is also used in the fabrication of all of the handcrafts and the boats that the inhabitants use to go fishing. Uros people conserve the clothing and terraces that are characteristic of an Inca town.
Another must-visit is Taquile island, it is inhabited by around 350 families that strictly follow the Incan customs, and is where the three most important rules of the empire continue to be active in law: do not steal, do not idle, and do not lie. In this island you can appreciate Inca ruins and its inhabitants, very hospitable and happy people organize strolls and special excursions for its visitors.
During our upcoming mystical journey to Peru, we will visit Lake Titicaca, the islands of Uros and Taquile, and get to know the customs and people who continue to live in the ways of the ancient Inca.
For more information about the excursion, please click here.