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Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake at 3,812m, straddles the border between Peru and Bolivia. It ranks alongside the Iguazú Falls as one of the most extraordinary natural sights in Latin America: a vast sheet of cobalt blue water, peppered with golden islands and peninsulas harbouring traditional indigenous communities, it’s a culturally rich location. It was here in the sacred waters that the Inca Sun God was born. 

A regiment of snow-capped mountains – The Cordillera Real - defines the lake’s borders on the far horizon. The lake area is surprisingly well populated: the fertile soils on the lake shores support pretty adobe villages with fields stretching down to the water’s edge.

On the Peruvian side, close to the port of Puno, are the unique man-made reed islands of the Uros indians. The rugged, terraced islands of Amantani or Taquile, once lost in time, where the local population still lives a traditional way of life, now eagerly welcome visitors in a sensible, controlled way. Over the border in Bolivia are the serene islands of the Sun and the Moon, and the religious sanctuary of Copacabana, with a modest sandy beach, which lent its name to the somewhat larger one in Rio de Janeiro.

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Things to do in Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca

Explore the islands of Lake Titicaca

Explore pre-Inca burial site and animal reserve

Explore pre-Inca burial site and animal reserve


Lake Titicaca at dusk

Homestay on Lake Titicaca

Cultures of lake Titicaca

Cultures of Lake Titicaca

Weather: when to go

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Essential information

Language

Spanish.

Time difference

GMT -5 hours (Peru); -4 (Bolivia).

Key events

Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria
Semana Santa (Easter)
Foundation of Puno
Independencia: Copacabana

More essential information

Our insider tips for Lake Titicaca

Learning about age-old weaving and knitting skills (it’s the men who knit on Taquile!), dining and spending the night in the home of a family on one of the islands or peninsulas.
Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

Cycling along the shoreline through the tranquil lakeside villages, visiting small pre-Columbian ruins and temples carved into the rock.
Stuart

Stuart Whittington

Sipping a frothy pisco sour in one of the lively bars and peñas in the port and university town of Puno on the Peruvian side of the lake.

Sarah

Sarah Bradley

Sunset views over the lake: on a clear day, rainbow apricot, peach and violet colours stream across the sky, reflected on the gem-clear water.
Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

Places To Visit

A - Lake Titicaca

What our experts say

There are many ways to experience Lake Titicaca and its cultural and natural richness. Try kayaking on the sparkling blue water: a unique experience! I recommend you spend a night in a local dwelling with a local family, which you can do on one of the islands or a shore-line community. At the other end of the scale is the luxurious (but eco-friendly) Hotel Titilaka, where the service, excursions, food and sunset views are exceptional.

Margot

Margot Chard

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