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Lake Titicaca for bird watchers

Posted by Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel on Dec 4, 2015 4:35:53 PM

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Do you know that PUNO - Lago Titikaka is also for bird watchers and for persons looking for adventure??? 

Lake Titikaka National Reserve. Was established by Peruvian  “Decreto Supremo” Nro 185-78-AA on October 31, 1978. The reason to create this Protected Area is to :        

- Preserve flora and fauna of #Lake Titicaca;         
- Support the local communities to develop a sustainable economy;        
- Teach persons to enjoy nature;      
- Maintain local cultural roots of the communities in the surroundings of the National Reserve.

According to Ramsar.org #Lake Titicaca (Peruvian sector) is site no. 881 since 20/01/97 and it´s National legal designation is : National Reserve.

#Lake Titicaca, in the Central Andes, is the world's highest navigable freshwater lake, at 3810 m above sea level, shared between #Peru and Bolivia.

The wetland is a permanent freshwater lake, with associated marshes and extensive areas of submergent and floating aquatic vegetation such as Algae. The dominant emergent species is the "totora" Schoenoplectus tatora, which can reach up to seven meters. When the "totora" (reed)  drifts away from the shore, it forms floating islands which are used by members of the Uros community to live on. Most of them are fishermen and hunters, but they also make crafts to sell.        

Fishing is the main use of the lake by the local communities and the surrounding areas are used for agriculture.

In Lake Titikaka National Reserve there are 162 of endemic species :
  15 mammals;
108 birds;       
     9 amphibians;
     4 reptiles;
   26 fish.

Fish species present in  the site are extremely important for migratory shorebirds and Andean waterbirds, including 3 species of flamingos.

If you are interested in birds we share the name of some species you can find here :    

Family Anaridae
Pato Puna (Anas Puna);
Pato Pana (Oxyura Ferruginea);
Pato Sutro (Anas Flavirostris);
Pato Colorado (Anas Cyanoptera)

Family Threskiormiyhidae
Yanavico or Puna Ibis (Pledadis Ridgwayi)

Family Tyrannidae
Siete Colores or Seven Colors (Tachuris Rubigastra)

Family Fumariidae
Totorero (Pleocryptes Melanops)

Family Phoenicopteridae
Parihuana (Phoenicopterus Chilenis);

Family Recurvirostridae
Perrito de Agua (Himantopus Mexicanus)

Family Scolopacidae
Balserito (Phalaropus Tricolor)

Family Podocipedidae
Keñola or Zambullidor del Titikaka (Rolandia Midroptera);

Poc´o (Rolandia Rolland);
Zambullidor Blanquillo (Podiceps Pcipitalis);

Family Rallidae
Choka (Fulica Ardesiaca);
Tikicho (Gallinula Chloropus);
Gallareta Comun (Pardirrallus Sanguinolentus)

If you think #LakeTitikaka in #Puno is for cultural tourism you have not yet discovered all we have to offer besides the “classil Puno” :

  • Full day adventure in #Lake Titicaca– Kayaking & Trekking
  • Half day Kayaking in #Lake Titicaca and Biking in Luquina
  • Half day Biking to #Sillustani
  • Half day Birdwatching in#Lake Titicaca
  • Half day Birdwatching in #Huaje

Is you want to experience #Puno & #Lake Titicaca in a different way just let us know you interests.

Feel free to Contact us


Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel

Topics: Puno, birdwatching

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