Visit The Titicaca Lake
“In Andean belief, Titicaca is the birthplace of Sun. In addition, it’s the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world. Banner blue skies contrast with bitterly cold nights. Enthralling and in many ways singular, the shimmering deep blue Lake Titicaca is the longtime home of highland cultures steeped in the old ways”
– Lonely Planet.
Lake Titicaca is the largest freshwater lake in South America and the highest of the world’s large lakes. Titicaca is one of less than twenty ancient lakes on earth, and is thought to be there million years old.
Lake Titicaca sits 3810 m above sea level and is situated between Peru to the west and Bolivia to the east. Peruvian part is located in Puno department and covers 3200 square miles (8300 square km) and extends in a northwest-to-southeast direction for a distance of 120 miles (190 km). It is 50 miles (80 km) across at its widest point.
Some of the atractions of the Titicaca are the “Floating Islands Uros” that are small, man-made islands constructed by the Uros (or Uru) people from layers of cut totora, a thick, buoyant reed that grows abundantly in the shallows of Lake Titicaca.
Another cultural highlight is Amantani island; populated by Quechua speakers. About 4,000 people live in 10 communities and the island offers two mountain peaks, called Pachatata (Father Earth) and Pachamama (Mother Earth) and ancient ruins are on the top of both peaks.
And also Taquile island is a must visit on the Lake; the island is property of the Taquile people (current population around 2,200) and offers Pre-Inca ruins and agricultural terraces on hillsides. Culture is very much alive on Taquile, which can be seen in the traditional clothes everyone wears. Taquile is especially known for its handicraft tradition, which is regarded as among the highest quality handicrafts not only in Peru, but also in the world