Welcome to Lake Titicaca
Pre-Inca Pukara, Tiwanaku and Collas all left their mark on the landscape. Today the region is a mix of crumbling cathedrals, desolate altiplano and checkerboard fields backed by rolling hills and high Andean peaks. In this world, crops are still planted and harvested by hand. Campesinos (farmers) wear sandals recycled from truck tires, women work in petticoats and bowler hats, and llamas are tame as pets.
It might at first appear austere, but ancient holidays are marked with riotous celebrations where elaborately costumed processions and brass bands start a frenzy that lasts for days.