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Ticonata, the Peruvian island where time stands still

 
Just beyond the Capachica peninsula lies the charming island of Ticonata, which is known for its round houses and for having, from its highest point, a spectacular 360 degree view of Lake Titicaca.
 
Upon arriving at Ticonata, visitors are received by the families of the community, dressed in their colorful typical dress, and then taken to the “putucos,” circular adobe homes, designed specifically to ward off the region’s intense cold. These homes have all of the commodities necessary to have a good rest, as well as a fantastic view of the scenery around the island. Staying here costs S/. 20 per night.
 
Among the spectrum of activities that the community offers is the option to participate in the harvesting of potatoes or the creation of handicrafts.
You can also learn to cut reeds, care for sheep and fish, or travel by rustic boat around neighboring islands.
 
At night, after a dinner of typical Andean dishes, you will be able to participate in a ritual of giving thanks to pachamama, Mother Earth, and to dance around a bonfire dressed in the typical clothing.
 
Because of its location and the archaeological remains found on the island, it is believed that Ticonata was inhabited by important people during the pre-Hispanic era.
 
On the way to the lookout, from which you can see the Capachica peninsula and the surrounding islands, you will appreciate the view of the iconic rock arch as well as the cave where mummies were found. Those mummies are now exhibited in the museum, along with earthenware jars, vessels, ceremonial masks and other items from the Tuahuanaco culture.
 
To get there, take the bus from Puno to Capachica (about 1.5 hours) and then take a boat to Chifróno Ccotos to the island (about 20 minutes). The other option is to take a water route from Puno (about 4 hours).
 
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