Lake Titicaca
Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca
Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca
Handicrafts in the Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca
Sillustani, Puno, Lake Titicaca
Traditional boats made from totora reeds are still in use today on Lake Titicaca
Handicrafts in the Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca

An epic train route that carves through the Andes delivers you to cobalt blue lakes, floating islands and locals who seem to believe the more colour you wear, the better life gets.


Lake Titicaca

The 10 hour train journey from Cusco aboard the Orient Express’ Andean Explorer will be a highlight of your trip, as will the destination. 

According to Andean belief, Lake Titicaca gave birth to the sun. Stay here long enough, and anything seems possible.

Like something conceived by Lewis Carol, Lake Titicaca is a story of the weird and wonderful. Llamas dot the landscape while peasant women sport bowler hats and sandals made of truck tyres. And it’s easy to mistake the region’s biggest religious festival, the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, as a booze-soaked Carnival.

The floating islands of Uros are formed from dried reeds, and their pale gold hue shocks against the cobalt blue of the lake, the candy-coloured garb worn by their inhabitants, and the fertile green of the shore.

Amongst this fantastic landscape and accommodated in superb luxury on a private island, there is nothing wrong with whiling the day away gazing at the mad peaks of the Andes on the horizon. Or, if you’re feeling energetic, hike to Titlaka Arch, learn centuries-old crafts from local artisans or go for a kayak on the world’s highest navigable lake and add your own stories to this place of legend.

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