Live Virtual Tour: Sailing Lake Titicaca in the Andes Mountains with Michael Gamarra

Live Virtual Tour: Sailing Lake Titicaca in the Andes Mountains with Michael Gamarra


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Join a local Peruvian expert, broadcasting live from the world’s highest navigable lake in the Andes, on this special virtual tour of the Uros man-made floating islands at about 12,507 feet (3,812 meters) above sea level on the border between Peru and Bolivia. The Uros people have preserved their floating lifestyle for over hundreds of years, and we will discover together their unique surviving living culture and traditions.

The body of water now known as Lake Titicaca was formed during the pre-ice age about sixty million years ago when massive earthquakes split the Andes mountains in two to form a basin that was filled with fresh water from the melting glaciers. Known as the birthplace of the Incas, Lake Titicaca certainly has a rich history and biodiversity, and the man-made floating islands of the Uros people are situated in a small corner on the Peruvian side of the lake near Puno, the main city on the lakeshore. A warm welcome awaits us as we sail together through the reed beds of Lake Titicaca on a traditional reed boat to meet some of the resident families who constructed their entire floating island and everything on it including houses from the local totora plant and reeds.

Led by a professional guide with over 20 years of experience and a degree in both tourism and archaeology, Michael Lazo Gamarra, this Conversation will be a live virtual tour of the welcoming community living on the man-made floating islands of Lake Titicaca. Participants will learn first-hand how these local people constructed their islands, how they live, what they eat, and how they keep their ancient traditions alive. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will emerge with a better understanding of the history of Lake Titicaca and the traditional living culture which still thrives on site today.

Born and raised in Cuzco, Peru, Michael Lazo Gamarra has been working in tourism since 2003 and has been a professional hiker since 2007. As an officially licensed Tour Guide for Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, he has hiked the Inca Trail more than 500 times and leads private and group tours in Peru and across South America. He received his degrees in Tourism and Archaeology from the Universidad Andina del Cusco in 2001. Extremely passionate about his culture and his country’s history, he is fascinated by the Inca philosophy and enjoys traveling, hiking, and meeting people from different backgrounds. He loves questions, especially difficult ones, so come prepared.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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