Each November the city of Puno in southern Peru celebrates its foundation with a lively pageant of dancing and traditional music.
The celebrations draw on an ancient legend that says the first Incas emerged from Isla de la Sol on Lake Titicaca (the world”s highest lake), created by the sun”s rays. To this day the sun is still held in reverence by the people of this mountainous area.
Geographically, the city of Puno is remarkable due to it being squeezed in between the banks of the lake and the neighbouring mountains. It sits on a strip of land less than two miles wide, and the pressure of expansion has forced its boundaries up onto the foothills.
Lake Titicaca itself is home to the man-made (but very naturally constructed) Uros Islands, built from reeds and existing quite separately from the mainland with their own distinct culture and customs.
Now they are opening themselves up to tourism which is lessening the cultural divide between islanders and those on the mainland.
This is a city with folklore and history, not to mention fascinating scenery and unique ways of life. Visiting during the Pageant of the Founding of Puno is the best way to see it in all its glory.
Culture and Sightseeing – City Tours – Whichever city you are in these tours will help to ensure you do not miss a thing.