The city of Puno is the capital of Peru's altiplano, at an altitude of 3,827 meters above sea level, its sits on the banks of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Puno is actually the gateway for all travelers that come to visit the amazing Lake Titicaca, where according to Andean belief, the lake gave birth to the sun, as well as the father and mother of all the Inca civilization. At its waters you can find interesting communities such as the “The Uros Floating Islands”, a small village that speaks its own language and keep ancient traditions alive, a people considered one of the first ethnic groups populating the Andean region, predating the Incas for hundreds of years. Further east on the Lake visitors can find wonderful islands of Amantani and Taquile, home to the Aymaras and Quechuas people. The city of Puno also shelters various archaeological sites such as Sillustani, a pre-Inca cemetery located on the shores of a gorgeous lake called Umayo. The tombs, which are built above ground in tower-like structures, are the vestiges of ancient cultures that thrived in the region long before the Incas arrived. Additionally the city of Puno also owns a nice cathedral in its main plaza built in Andean Baroque style.