The Lake Titicaca is situated in the Andes. It is crossed by the border between Bolivia and Peru. It is the biggest lake of South America in volume of water and in length. With a height of 3 812 m, the lake is also considered as the highest lake of the world which is navigable by big commercial ships. Lake Titicaca has a lots of legends.I am going to tell you the most known story, that a Quecha community have told to me for the first time, when I traveled to visit the Lake.
This legend tells that, a very long time ago, Men of this earth let treat by the devil. They wanted to take the sacred fire, but they were devoured by thousands of Pumas. Seeing this, Inti, the god of the Sun, began crying. His tears were so plentiful, that in forty days they flooded the valley. A man and a woman only succeeded in saving themselves on a boat, in rush. When the Sun shone again, the man and the woman did not believe their eyes: under a blue and pure sky, they were in the middle of an immense lake. In the middle of waters floated the pumas who had been transformed into stony statues. Then, they called the lake "Titicaca", the lake of the stony pumas.
When you travel from Cusco to Puno, prepare yourself to 12 hours by bus. Puno is the city next to Lake Titicaca. Once in Puno, I took a boat and started to visit the islands. First, we can visit the Uros Islands. Uros people totally disappeared by 1950. They lived on these floating islands. Today, Peruvians live there in tourist purposes, but immortalize Uros traditions. They also know how to take care of this island made of reeds, and all created by humans.
Amantani is the second island, where I had the opportunity to sleep and live for 1 day with a Queshua family. They learnt me their way of life. We walked on the Pachamama mountain, and they showed me their temple at the top. It was interesting to talk with a family who has Queshuas traditions, but who welcome strangers everyday in their house. Finally, after this experience, I visited the third island, Taquile. Once again, this is quite a touristic Island where you can find a market and a beautiful church.