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PUNO: THE CAPITAL OF FOLKLORE
Inca Manco Cápac
Max. 16°C / 60°F
Min. 1°C / 30.8°F
Sillustani is the eternal home of the nobles of the highlands. Chullpas or circular towers made of stone rise to house the funerary remains of the main authorities of the Colla. The stones have been masterfully joined and fit together perfectly. These graves reach up to 12 meters high and are characterized by the fact that their base is smaller than the top.
UROS FLOATING ISLANDS
These artificial islands are built of totora and they are a result of a patient and skillful interwoven work. This ancient tradition is renewed every two months to prevent its disintegration. The villagers keep their ancient traditions like fishing in totora boats. A set of approximately 80 islands in the Titicaca Lake are inhabited.
In Taquile there are platforms and ceremonial centers. You can still see the remains dating from Pre-Inca times. The villages are experts in traditional textile practice which is considered Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Its fine textiles have geometric, symbolic and brightly colored decorations that reflect its way of life, its customs and its Andean beliefs.
The community is dedicated to agricultural activities, weaving and stone carving. The island is divided into ten communities and has an area of 9km2. Its inhabitants cultivate potatoes, corn, oca, quinoa, beans and peas.
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San Miguel, Lima – Perú
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