Lake Titicaca: An Overview

In the southeast of Peru, and shared with neighbouring Bolivia, Lake Titicaca sits at 11,000ft, its altitude meaning that the air is unusually clear and the azure waters particularly striking. It is well worth spending a couple of days' enjoying the scenery and experiencing the rural tribal communities living at the lake. This is the highest navigable lake in the world, and at over 120 miles long, also the largest lake in South America.

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  • At Lake Titicaca you'll be visiting what is the highest navigable lake in the world and, at over 120 miles long, is also the largest lake in South America.

Visit Lake Titicaca: The Detail

After enjoying the stunning scenery around the high altitude lake, the floating islands of the Uros, (a small tribe,) is a fascinating excursion. The islands themselves are constructed from the tortura reed found in abundance in Lake Titicaca. The Uros' homes and boats are also of tortura, and their entire lives revolve around their famed reed-weaving

On the island of Taquile, located an hour or so away, inhabitants dress in homemade traditional colorful clothing - men in elegant waistcoats and floppy knit caps; women in layered skirts and embroidered blouses. Quechua is their language and they maintain a very individual, proud and independent lifestyle. This beautiful island setting holds several terraced hillsides of Inca ruins which you are free to explore.


Top picks for Lake Titicaca

Hotel Libertador Puno

Hotel Libertador Puno

Lake Titicaca

Located on Esteves Island on the shores of Lake Titicaca, ideally located for views and exploring the region.

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Isla Suasi

Isla Suasi

Lake Titicaca

Situated on the only private island in Lake Titicaca, this solar-powered lodge has admirable ecological credentials.

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lake boat

Titilaka

Lake Titicaca

Locations don’t come much more dramatic or isolated than Lake Titicaca, believed by the Incas to be the birthplace of the human race and at 12,500 feet the highest navigable lake in the world.

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Dollhouse, Lake Titicaca

Tour of the islands on Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake, which makes it a winner in our books, and that’s before you even explore the floating Uros Islands.

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Casa Andina Private Collection Puno

Casa Andina Private Collection Puno

Lake Titicaca

This hotel boasts one of the most privileged locations in Puno, just in front of Lake Titicaca with uninterrupted views across the waters.

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Belmond Andean Explorer

Belmond Andean Explorer

Cusco

The Belmond Andean Explorer is South America’s first ever luxury sleeper train. Departing from Cusco and making stops at Puna, Cola Canyon and Arequipa (a UNESCO listed world heritage site) the train traverses the Andes in serious style.

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