Lighthouses of Perú: Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca is a large lake in the Andes on the border between Peru
and Bolivia. The lake has an elevation of roughly 3800 m (12,500 ft), so these
lights are without a doubt the highest lighthouses in the world. There are additional lights on the lake in Bolivia.
Lighthouses in Perú are owned by the navy (Marina
de Guerra del Perú) and managed by the navy's Dirección
de Hidrografía y Navegación (DHN). In addition to coastal lights, DHN also manages the
lights on the Amazon River and on
Some of Peru's lighthouses are located in natural protected areas. A permit from the natural areas protection agency Sernanp may be required to visit these lights.
Currently none of the lights of Lake Titicaca are listed in the ARLHS
World List of Lights, and the international light lists do not include lights of landlocked waterways like Titicaca.
- General sources
- World of Lighthouses - Peru
- Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
- Aviso a los Navegantes - Agusto 2010
- Published by Bolivia's Servicio Nacional de Hidrografía Naval, this notice
to mariners (a pdf document) has on page 8 a light list for the Peruvian
lights on Lake Titicaca.
Puno Light, Puno, September 2011
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Bruce Tuten
- * Puno
- Date unknown. Active (privately maintained and unofficial); focal
plane about 10 m (33 ft); white light, pattern unknown. Approx. 9 m
(30 ft) round metal tower with lantern and gallery, mounted on a round
stone base. Tower painted with red and white horizontal bands. Bruce Tuten's photo
is at right, another closeup photo and
a 2009 photo are
available, Lightphotos.net has several photos, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located at the Plaza del Faro on the waterfront of Puno,
at the western end of the lake. Site open, tower closed.
- Punta Churo
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane 59 m (194 ft); white flash every
5 s. 6 m (20 ft) triangular skeletal (?) tower, painted white. No photo
available, but Google has a satellite
view that may show the tower. Located on a promontory at the northern
tip of the Socca Peninsula, about 30 km (19 mi) east northeast of Puno.
Site status unknown.
- Isla Taquile
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane 41 m (135 ft); two white flashes
every 10 s. 6 m (20 ft) triangular tower, painted with
red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Bing has
Taquile is an inhabited island
about 45 km (28 mi) east of Puno. Located at the southern tip of the
island. Site status unknown.
- * Punta Pomata
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane 69 m (226 ft); white flash every
10 s. 10 m (33 ft) hexagonal pyramidal skeletal tower, mostly enclosed by green panels. Google has a street view (a portion is seen at right) and a satellite
view. Located on a high promontory just off highway 3-S on the southern shore of
the lake north of Pomata. Site
open, tower closed.
- Isla Anapia
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane 55 m (180 ft); white flash every
5 s. 6 m (20 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower
with enclosed equipment room at the base, painted with red and white
horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on an island at the southeasternmost point
of Peruvian territory in the lake. Site status unknown.
- Isla Suana
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white flash every
5 s. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) triangular cylindrical mast mounted
on a square cylindrical base, presumably concrete, painted with black
and white horizontal bands. Sibling of Isla Taquile. No photo available, but
Bing has a satellite
view. Located at the western end of an
about 3 km (2 mi) south of Isla Anapia. Site status unknown.
Information available on lost lighthouses:
Punta Pomata Light, Pomata, October 2014
Google Maps street view
Notable faux lighthouses:
Adjoining pages: East: Bolivia | West: Southern Perú
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Posted June 2002. Checked and revised July 12, 2018.
Lighthouses: 6. Site copyright 2018 Russ Rowlett and the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill.