Without a doubt, being able to explore the pristine and blue waters of the largest lake in South America is a wish to fulfill on the list of many travelers. And why wait to cross this wonderful destination off your bucket list? You can start organizing your trip right now. After all, we are talking about Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Besides having this characteristic, it also boasts other titles: it is one of the most visited destinations in Peru and is also considered the birthplace of the Sun. Additionally, this magical place is shrouded in numerous myths that are interconnected with the inexhaustible Andean culture. Therefore, together with the travel experts of Cusco Peru Travel, we are excited to tell you all about the highest navigable lake in the world.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HIGHEST LAKE IN THE WORLD
This mysterious lake is located about 3,800 meters above sea level and has an area of about 8,370 square kilometers, making it one of the highest bodies of water in the world. There is no wonder that it is considered one of the best Peru destinations to explore. Due to its volume of water, it is also considered the largest lake in South America. Lake Titicaca is not only considered the highest navigable lake in the world, but it is also the natural border between the countries of Bolivia and Peru. Conveniently located in the Andean region, the lake has five main river systems that feed it. You can also find 41 different islands within the lake, some of which are densely populated by different alternative cultures. Dare to discover one of the most incredible natural wonders of the Andean country. You will be rewarded with an experience that goes beyond the surrounding landscapes.
Lake Titicaca boasts antiquity of more than 3 million years, being a clear destination where the history of man took part. According to Inca mythology, the Lake was the cradle and origin of their civilization. It was in this place where the renowned Inca Manco Capac would identify himself as the son of the Sun God. It was the Sun God Inti who gave the mission to Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo to build the majestic Inca Empire. Today, you can find more than 180 archaeological sites and monuments around the highest navigable lake. The amount of archeological sites around the lake are clear evidence of the architectural achievements of ancient civilizations. Archeology and history fans will not be disappointed at all, with places like Sillustani and its many burial towers at their disposal. On some Lake Titicaca tours, you will be able to explore these places and much more.
You will find that reaching the highest navigable lake in the world is quite easy. There are two transportation options, by bus or by plane. Going to Lake Titicaca by bus is the most affordable option of all, although many times the trip can be a bit long and with some unnecessary stops. You can find direct buses from Lima, Arequipa, and Cusco to Lake Titicaca. The airplane option is definitely the fastest, although it is not the cheapest. Keep in mind that to get to Puno you will have to land in the nearby city of Juliaca and then take a bus or taxi to Puno. In any case, there is no definitive answer on how to get to the highest lake in the world, everything will depend on your budget and time available.
Inside Lake Titicaca, you will find endless attractions to keep you busy and entertained. In general, the different islands are considered the most popular and central attractions. It is in them where you can give yourself the luxury of knowing several unique cultures with ancestral practices. The Uros floating islands usually get all the attention. The picturesque Islands are made entirely of cane, including their homes, boats, and crafts. If you are a fan of crafts and looking to support alternative cultures, Taquile Island is a real treat. Within Taquile, you will see how the indigenous people work by weaving traditional colored garments. If there is something that you should have as a priority within the highest navigable lake, it is its islands; inside them, you will be able to know unique cultures practicing ancestral customs.
Before visiting the highest navigable lake in the world, be aware that it is at a considerable height. So if you’re not looking to be a victim of altitude sickness, you’d better take it easy and give yourself some time to acclimate. It is advisable to drink plenty of fluids, avoid alcohol and cigarettes, and avoid excessive exercise. It is also highly recommended to think about visiting the Lake during the dry season, to avoid continuous rains. In this way, you can concentrate on your trip to Amantani island and other attractions.
You can enjoy the highest navigable lake alongside modern amenities and 5-star experiences. Along with our luxury Peru tours, you will be able to enjoy a complete tour of the lake and its different islands. We offer you the possibility of experiencing luxury and exclusivity in one of the most incredible natural jewels of Peru. Although we also have possibilities of experiential tourism where you can stay with the different communities while you learn about their unique traditions. Whichever you choose, you will be rewarded with many unforgettable memories and learning like no other.
“TRAVEL IS NEVER A MATTER OF MONEY, BUT OF COURAGE”
Despite the great popularity of Lake Titicaca, its towns and different cultures seem not to have been touched by the passage of time. They still exercise customs and traditions of great antiquity and all this while opening their doors to foreigners and tourists. Knowing these beautiful communities is one of the best things to do within the different tours. We hope together with Cusco Peru Travel to have encouraged your next visit to the mysterious Lake Titicaca. If you have any type of doubt you can consult with our qualified advisers to guide you in all the steps to follow to enjoy one of these tours.