Flights at Lake Titicaca I


grafik_inca grafik_inca Lake Titicaca near which the Tiwanaku- and Inca-culture took their origin, is situated at an altitude of 3850 m and is not much deeper than our Lake Constance at home, but it has 13 times its area, which makes it the largest lake of South America. The huge area of water provides a steady wind in contrast to other open places of the high plain with its frequent wind changes. Therefore it is a magnificent flying area. I know so far only the Cerro Atocha near Puno and the antenna hill of Copacabana on the bolivian side. Other potential flying spots are the hills near the village Juli or the Cerro Capilla (4810 m) at the south side of the lake.



The cathedral of Puno

In the background a potential launching place for flights over Puno. Since soaring is almost purely dynamical not thermal here I moved further to the east (leftwards in the photography) to have a flight closer to the lake.


Launch Cerro Atoja near Puno at 4300 m.


Soaring at lake Titicaca


Landing directly at the shore. The locals here approach only very timidly in contrast to earlier flights. Only as two elderly women stop by, laugh and ask a sillion of questions the others gain more confidence as well. Launching spot is the peak of the elevation in the background. (I apologize for the markings on the (analog) picture due to humidity while still travelling).


Puno at night


Fiesta in Puno







----------------------------------------------- With a paraglider above the Inca roads -----------------------------------------------