Location: The border between southern Peru and northern Bolivia.
Size: Spreads 8,300 square kilometres and roughly 107 kilometres deep. It comprises of two parts, lago grande and lago pequeño.
Altitude: 3,808 metres above sea level – world’s highest navigable body of water.
Weather: Between February and November is the best time to visit, it is warm and pleasant. Most rainfall falls between December and January.
Islands: Dotted with about 41 islands, most are inhabited and by people who have lived on the islands all their lives.
Ownership: 60% Peru (western side) & 40% Bolivia (eastern side).
Surroundings: Fertile soils on the lakeshores support pretty adobe, indigenous villages with fields stretching down to the waters edge. The lake’s border on the far horizon are the Cordillera Real; a regiment of snow-capped mountains. Puno – the capital of folklore – is a small University town on the Peruvian side of the Lake. Copacabana a small, enchanting town on the Bolivian side.
Myth: Lake Titicaca is believed to be the birthplace of the Inca civilisation, in Incan mythology the first Inca king, Manco Capac, was born here.
Accommodations: Variety of options from tourist class standard, through to smart, luxury standard. The best places to stay are on the lake shores to soak up the mesmerising views.
Favourite accommodations: Titilaka is a special place, with an emphasis on meaningful experiences and a bold stylish contemporary design. Isla Suasi is a charming hotel in a secluded magical setting on the uninhabited Suasi Island. Posada del Inca Isla del Sol a friendly guesthouse in a 17th-century hacienda on the idyllic Isla del Sol, with unbeatable views.
Combines well with: Unmissable highlights in Peru; Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu and equally unmissable highlights in Bolivia; Uyuni salt flats and La Paz.
Things to do: There’s more than you’d think, from staying with a local family on one of the islands to exploring the Pre-Columbian ruins to visiting the floating islands made out of reeds.