International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987


Puno and Lake Titicaca

Location: Peru


The city of Puno is situated over 3,800 meters above sea level (about 12,500 feet) and is located at the shore of Lake Titicaca on the Collao Plateau. Students will participate in a 3-day trip to visit Puno, considered to be one of the most interesting places in Peru and the South American continent.

Inhabited by the Colla and Tiahuanaco people, Puno used to part of what is today known as Bolivia, forming the territory of the Tiahuanaco culture. Which was conquered by the Incas prior to the arrival of the Spanish. The Spanish presence can be clearly seen in the beautiful churches built in every town around the department and the ornate houses surrounding the city center.

Puno is considered the folklore capital of Peru because of its rich cultural heritage, reflected in its dances, music and mythical stories. The maximum expression of the Puno culture can be experienced during the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria in February.

Students will visit Lake Titicaca, which spreads between Bolivia and Peru with an area of over 8560 square km, it is 227 meters deep and is located at 3812 meters of altitude.

Following Lake Titicaca, students will journey to the Uros islands, known as an archipelago of islands made of straw and inhabited by the Uros people, descendants of one of the oldest cultures in the continent.

Students also visit the islands of Taquile and Amantani, where they will share with the local community and learn how to cook a traditional Pachamanca.

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