Perched at 12,556 feet above sea level on the shores of mammoth Lake Titicaca at the southern tip of Peru, the city of Puno has a distinct feel all its own — and the residents aren’t afraid to flaunt it.
And now for something a bit different. At 12,500 feet above sea level (3,800m), Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. It’s also home to the Uru-Aymara who live across 44 self-constructed floating islands of reed!
We begin our month backpacking in Peru where many travelers do – in Lima. We explore the Miraflores neighborhood and some of the city’s top sights before taking a 16-hour overnight bus over the Andes to Arequipa.