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Lake Titicaca

The tranquil and translucent waters of the world’s highest navigable lake have mythological status amongst the indigenous cultures of this ancient land. Traditional life still prevails in this southern area of Peru, on a lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains and desolate reaches of farmland.
Lake Titicaca is located between Peru and Bolivia, and, at 3,830 metres above sea level, it is the highest lake in South America. Andean legend believes that this 8,400 sq km expanse of water gave birth to the sun, the moon and the first Inca King, Manco Capac.

Puno, the city on the shores of the lake, is all about the location next to the great lake rather than being a glamorous and charming city. The main street of Puno is lined with plenty of restaurants that all seem to specialise in trout, a local staple.

What to do in Lake Titicaca

Visitors here often visit the The Uros and Taquile communities that live on the floating islands on the lake; these visits should be treated in the way of visiting a working museum, rather than a window into modern life.

Apart from exploring the legendary lake many people come here to visit The Sillustani ruins. Adjacent to the Umayo Lagoon, about 30 minutes drive outside of the city, you will find the pre-Inca ruins of the Colla and Tiahuanaco cultures.

Where to stay on Lake Titicaca

The best options for accommodation are located on the shores of the lake. We would highly recommend selecting a room category that has views of the lake.



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