Puno. Aug. 01 (ANDINA). A total of 118.500 tourists visited the Andean region of Puno. in southeastern Peru. during the first half of 2010. according to local authorities.
Regional trade and tourism director Percy Mamani told Andina that tourist arrivals in Puno increased two percent in the first six months of this year. compared to the same period last year.
‘Between January and June. there were 48.500 Peruvian visitors and 70.000 foreigners. mostly from the United Kingdom. France and Oceania.’ said Mamani.
He pointed out that Lake Titicaca and the floating Uros islands are the most popular attractions in the region. which promotes community-based tourism in rural areas.
Puno was the territory of the Tiahuanacos (800 A.D. – 1200 A.D.) who were the highest cultural expression of the Aymara people that established themselves in what is today Peru and Bolivia.
The Incas took over these lands in the fifteenth century. and the Spanish. attracted by the mining industry developed there. left an important Colonial legacy throughout the entire area.
Today. the city of Puno (3.287 masl). which lies on the shores of Lake Titicaca. the highest navigable lake in the world. is the folklore capital of Peru and the site of the Feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria.