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February 19th, 2015

Quick Facts about Lake Titicaca

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.

Lake Titicaca

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 accommodationsTitilaka 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.

Lake Titicaca

 

 

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