Lake Titicaca Bolivia Travel Guide

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia © Anthony Lacoste

Regarded as the highest navigable lake in the world, at 12,580ft (3,825m) above sea level, Lake Titicaca covers 3,861 square miles (10,000 sq km) and is shared by Bolivia and Peru. It has clear water, numerous islands and most importantly a place in Inca history. The Indian people who live in settlements around the lake hold it, and its two islands - Islas del Sol (Island of the Sun) and Islas de la Luna (Island of the Moon) - in high regard, for they are the mythical sites of the creation of the Inca people.

According to legend, the Sun God sent his son and daughter to earth to improve the way of life of the Andean people, and so they descended onto Islas del Sol and founded the Inca Empire. The main town in the area and base for exploring the islands, is Copacabana. Boats depart every day to the islands from where there are stunning views across the lake to the snow-capped peaks of the Andean range, looming higher than 19,685ft (6,000m).

The islands themselves are incredibly picturesque and the friendly local people have retained their traditional culture and way of life. Fishermen sail by on handmade reed boats, llamas and alpacas are herded along the mountain paths to villages scattered on the hillsides. Of interest are a few Inca ruins, among them the Sun Temple and the Chincana complex on Islas del Sol, and Inca stairways. To spend a night on Islas del Sol, in one of the pretty guesthouses, experiencing local hospitality, good food and a breath-taking sunset, is one of the highlights Lake Titicaca has to offer.

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