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The Southern Andes and Lake Titicaca Travel Guide

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Plan Your The Southern Andes and Lake Titicaca Vacation

Though often overshadowed by Cusco and the Sacred Valley, the south of Peru has some of the most dynamic, jaw-dropping geography and exciting cultural attractions anywhere in the country.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Wild Rivers Fantastic rapids and gorges make Colca Canyon and Cotahuasi Canyon the region's best-known kayaking and rafting spots.
  2. Folk Fiestas Whether it's the Virgen del Candelaria festival in Puno, Arequipa's annual anniversary, or Semana Santa in Chivay, Peru's culture is celebrated with more than 300 festive folkloric dances featuring brightly colored costumes.
  3. Wildlife Llamas, vicuñas, and alpacas roam the Reserva Nacional Salinas y Aguada Blanca, giant Andean condors soar above Colca Canyon, and rare bird species nest at Lake Titicaca and in other high mountain lakes.
  4. Shopping Along with Arequipa's alpaca stores, this region is also a mine of yarn, leather products, guitars, and antiques.
  5. Floating Islands On Lake Titicaca, made from the lake's totora reeds, the series of Uros islands float, providing residence to more than 3,000 Aymará and Quechua inhabitants.

When To Go

When to Go

In the mountains and high plains the blistering sun keeps you warm from May through early November, but nights get cold. Rainy season is from mid-Novem...

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