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Lake Titicaca - Peru's largest and most mysterious lake

October 18, 2022
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The Peruvian and Bolivian Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is also known as the highest navigable lake in the world, at 3800 meters above sea level. It is one of the most important lakes in South America, where high Andean communities still live on floating islands made of Totora and/or reeds that grow in the surroundings.

In recent years, the inhabitants of the floating islands have developed community-based rural tourism as an alternative for visitors who want to get to know the lifestyle of these communities.

Where is Lake Titicaca located in Peru?

Lake Titicaca is located between the countries of Peru and Bolivia, in the part belonging to Peru is located in the region of Puno, at an altitude of approximately 3800 meters above sea level with a temperate climate during the day and cooler at night.

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Lake Titicaca Peru Bolivia

Recommended tour to visit Lake Titicaca

One of the most recommended tours to visit Lake Titicaca is the 2 days 1 night tour, a tour that includes a visit to the islands of Taquile, Uros and Amantani, with an overnight stay on the floating islands. Accompanied by your guide and the local people of each island you will be guided in each part of tourist interest as well as taught part of their traditions and customs.

What to visit in Lake Titicaca

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Titicaca Lake

At Lake Titicaca, there are various activities offered to the public, from one-day options to complete 4-day tours, among the most outstanding activities are the following:

  • Kayaking tour, a ride on the calm waters of the lake aboard a kayak, starting from Esteves Island and after sailing for about 1 hour and a half you will arrive at the island of the Uros where the guide will give you a tour of the island, before returning to Puno.
  • Fast Tour by boat Uros Taquile, is a quick option to know the island through the most modern boats the tour starts at 7:00 am towards the floating island of Uros where you will have a walk and time for photos. then continue the journey to the island of Taquile where you will have lunch free time to stroll, take pictures and finally returning to Puno at 15:30 pm approximately.
  • Amantani - Uros - Taquile, 2 days / 1 night: This tour is one of the most popular options in Lake Titicaca, as it is possible to visit the islands in a much quieter and unhurried way, in addition to this we spend the night in the lake, on the island of Amantani.

Visiting Uros Island

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Uros Island

The Uros Island is undoubtedly one of the greatest attractions of the Puno region. The island is an artificial, floating island made of totora reeds and rushes, the ancestral traditions of weaving totora reeds to keep the island afloat is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding living vestiges of pre-Columbian cultures.

The island of the Uros is the point of greatest tourist concentration in Lake Titicaca.

Visiting Taquile Island

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Taquile Island Lake Titicaca

The island of Taquile is the second largest island of Lake Titicaca (on the Peruvian side), after the island of Amantani, with an altitude of 3950 meters above sea level, is known as the island of weavers, where by tradition and custom, are the men of the island who develop the finest textiles, this art of the island was declared as ''Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity'' by UNESCO. Taquile also stands out for its archaeological remains and pre-Columbian terraces, which you can visit during your stay on the island.

Visiting Amantani Island

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Amantani Island

Amantani Island is the largest on the Peruvian side, has an economy based on agriculture and livestock, its textile production is very similar to that of Taquile Island, on this island is the Ceremonial Temple of Mamapacha and Tatapacha, so it is very rich in history, an alternative for those seeking to disconnect from the city.

Visiting Ticonata Island

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Ticonata Island

The Ticonata Island is smaller, this island is visited mostly by those who wish to do Mystic Tourism, in this island there are major archaeological remains of the Tiahuanaco culture.

Visit the island of the sun and the moon - Titicaca Bolivia

Lake Titicaca on the Bolivian side also has islands that already offer the service of rural community tourism, it should be noted that the largest islands are on the Bolivian side and the most prominent are the Isla del Sol and Isla de la Luna.

Titicaca Sun Island

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Isla Del Sol

The Isla del Sol is the largest of Lake Titicaca, is located on the Bolivian side of the lake, currently this island has one of the largest archaeological remains such as temples, water fountains, chinkanas, among others. It also has the Challapampa Site Museum, where ceramic pieces, textiles, and other lithic remains found on the island are on display.

Titicaca Moon Island

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Moon Island

The island of the Moon is located in the territory belonging to Bolivia, among the most outstanding attractions of the island is the Temple of the Virgins.

To get to this Moon Island you leave from Copacabana by car. The trip can take up to 1 hr. approx. and then you take a boat to reach the island.

In this place, community-based tourism is also practiced, so the local people usually welcome visitors with dances and the traditional APTHAPI, which consists of a buffet lunch with traditional local dishes.

Recommendations for visiting Lake Titicaca

  • To visit any of the islands it is recommended to take at least 1 day of acclimatization to avoid the discomfort caused by the altitude.
  • Remember that the altiplano climate is cold and El Titicaca is located at 3800 meters above sea level, so we recommend you to wear warm clothes.
  • Don't forget to bring sunscreen and cash in case you want to make additional purchases on the islands.
  • Altitude sickness is something that affects the vast majority of visitors and to counteract the effects it is recommended to acclimatize beforehand, as well as to carry plenty of water and stay hydrated.

Things to do in Lake Titicaca Puno

Lake Titicaca is the highest lake in the world and offers numerous opportunities to explore the rich Andean culture. It is located between Peru and Bolivia, in the highest part of the Andes, making it one of the most popular adventure destinations in South America. It offers a wide variety of activities, from visiting the floating villages of the Uros to exploring the incredible landscapes of the region. In addition, there are several historical sites to visit, such as the remains of the Tiahuanaco civilization and the Copacabana temple.

Lake Titicaca offers a unique experience for travelers, who can enjoy the Andean culture, history and natural beauty of the region, we list the most important things you can visit with Terandes.com in Lake Titicaca in Puno.

  • Visit the Island of the Sun and the Moon
  • Cruise on Lake Titicaca
  • Visit to Titicaca National Park
  • Visit to Sajama National Park
  • Visit to the Temple of Fertility
  • Visit to the Sillustani Archaeological Museum
  • Excursion to Los Uros, the floating village
  • Visit to Taquile Island
  • Take a boat tour through the canals of Lake Titicaca.
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