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Layka Qota

Hector Emanuel | Puno, Peru

Patron Saint festivities, Llachon

Layka Qota (bewitched water) explores identity, culture and memory by looking at festivals, traditions and daily life in towns and communities around Lake Titicaca (elevation 12,507 ft). Located in the Andean Altiplano (high plains) between Peru and Bolivia, Layka Qota, now known as Lake Titicaca, is the highest largest navigable lake in the world. As recounted by the 16th century historian and poet Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Manco Capac and Mam Ocllo, the children of the sun god, arose from this lake and founded the Inca Empire. In addition to the quechua-speaking Incas, Puno was, and is, also a point of contact among other igneous groups, including the Aymaras and the Uros.  The Peruvian side of the lake lies within the department of Puno, commonly known as the folklore capital of Peru as well as a place with a rich history of both intellectual and artistic movements, and is still a multicultural and multilingual region.

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