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The Santa Tierra Festival on Lake Titicaca

In Andean myths, Lake Titicaca, the sun, moon and stars came out of Lake Titicaca, as did Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, the legendary founders of the Inca civilization. The lake and some of its islands are still considered sacred … Continue reading

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Crossing the Peru – Bolivia Border

Most travelers cross the Peru – Bolivia border by buying a tourist-class bus ticket from Puno to Copacabana. Almost all of these buses cross at the border town of Yunguyo and depart Puno daily, such as Panamericano and Tour Peru. … Continue reading

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Colca Canyon to Lake Titicaca

The route from Arequipa to Colca Canyon is marked by open plains surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes. Along the way, we make several stops: at the Pampas Cañahuas Reserve to watch the grazing herds of alpacas and vicuña, at the town … Continue reading

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Your Must-Do List for Puno Peru

Many travelers pass through Puno to visit the islands of Lake Titicaca or to cross into Peru or Bolivia in the most economical way possible. The city, its outskirts, and the lake are worth stopping to explore, however. In honor … Continue reading

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This Month: The Feast of San Santiago & Taquile Textile Fair on Lake Titicaca

            The Island of Taquile in Lake Titicaca has been inhabited for over ten thousand years, first by the Pukara culture before being integrated into the Tiahuanaco Kingdom and the Inca Empire. It has the … Continue reading

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Border Crossing: From Puno Peru to La Paz Bolivia

So you’ve been enjoying your stay Puno, visiting the Floating Islands of Uros and the Sillustani Burial Towers while relaxing in the evenings at Pirwa Puno Backpackers. Good times, but perhaps you’ve begun to set your sights on that promising … Continue reading

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Save Big in Puno with our Unbeatable Hostel Prices!

We’re offering 15% off for all room types at Pirwa Puno Backpackers! If you’ve been hoping to see the world-famous manmade Floating Islands of Uros and other traditional Aymara- or Quechua-speaking islands throughout the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca, … Continue reading

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The Race of Kings in San Pablo: Cusco vs the Altiplano

On January 6th, in the high Andean town of San Pablo, between the departments of Cusco and Puno, a unique race will determine the following year’s luck for these two cities. Here, the three kings are not Melchor, Gaspar, and … Continue reading

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Two Festivals Collide on Taquile Island in Lake Titicaca

The St James (San Santiago) Festival & Taquile Textile Art Fair The island of Taquile in Lake Titicaca takes its name from Count Rodrigo of Taquila, under whose possession the island passed after it finally capitulated to the Spanish (the … Continue reading

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