The Andean people refer to the lake as "The Sacred Lake" and legend has it that the first Inca rose from its depths and went out to found the Inca Empire. Lake Titicaca is dotted with dozens of islands waiting to be explored. The best known include the man-made floating reed islands of the Uro Indians and Taquile, home to spectacular pre-Inca ruins where traditional beliefs and ways of life still predominate. You get to Lake Titicaca on the Peruvian side from Puno, Peru’s folkloric center and altiplano capital. The spectacular journey from Puno to La Paz (Bolivia), can be done in a day by catamaran, or you can savour the experience by spending the night on Sun Island on Lake Titicaca.