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Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake at 3,812m, straddles the border between Peru and Bolivia. It ranks alongside the Iguazú Falls as one of the most extraordinary natural sights in Latin America: a vast sheet of cobalt blue water, peppered with golden islands and peninsulas harbouring traditional indigenous communities, it’s a culturally rich location. It was here in the sacred waters that the Inca Sun God was born. 

A regiment of snow-capped mountains – The Cordillera Real - defines the lake’s borders on the far horizon. The lake area is surprisingly well populated: the fertile soils on the lake shores support pretty adobe villages with fields stretching down to the water’s edge.

On the Peruvian side, close to the port of Puno, are the unique man-made reed islands of the Uros indians. The rugged, terraced islands of Amantani or Taquile, once lost in time, where the local population still lives a traditional way of life, now eagerly welcome visitors in a sensible, controlled way. Over the border in Bolivia are the serene islands of the Sun and the Moon, and the religious sanctuary of Copacabana, with a modest sandy beach, which lent its name to the somewhat larger one in Rio de Janeiro.

Our holidays to Lake Titicaca

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Hummingbird

Hummingbird: Ocean to ocean

Group tour

21 days from £4,498pp

Hut with flag Lake Titicaca

Value Peru: Sacred Valley of the Incas to Lake Titicaca

Private journey

12 days from £1,760pp

Lake Titicaca

Andes and Altiplano: Cusco, Lake Titicaca and La Paz

Private journey

14 days from £2,609pp

Galapagos Hawk

Galapagos Hawk: Peru and Galapagos

Group tour

15 days from £5,195pp

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Essential information

Language

Spanish.

Time difference

GMT -5 hours (Peru); -4 (Bolivia).

Key events

Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria
Semana Santa (Easter)
Foundation of Puno
Independencia: Copacabana

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Our insider tips for Lake Titicaca

Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

The indigenous communities that inhabit the islands and lakeside hamlets of the staggeringly beautiful deep-blue Lake Titicaca adhere to a deeply traditional and ancient way of life and there is no better way to experience it than by spending the night with a local family. Whether learning about the age-old weaving and knitting techniques (done by the men on Taquile island), going fishing in the floating Uros reed islands or just kicking a ball around with the local kids, it’s a memorable experience.
Stuart

Stuart Whittington

Don't miss the ancient burial ground of Sillustani, 32 km outside the lakeside city of Puno. This less visited archaeological site lies on top of a small hill overlooking Lake Uyamo and is most notable for its chullpas - the funerary towers where the Aymara-speaking people buried their nobility. The engineering involved in the construction is regarded as far more complex than that seen in much Inca construction and the views over the lake are truly magnificent.

Sarah

Sarah Bradley

You can fly between Peru and Bolivia but a much better option is to travel overland, by a combination of road and boat, crossing the border at Lake Titicaca. The scenery throughout the journey is simply spectacular, not just for the snow-capped Andean peaks that surround the rich blue waters of the highest lake in the world, but for the scenes of a deeply traditional rural way of life that can be seen along the way.

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

Stay overnight on the wonderfully peaceful and traditional Aymara island of Isla del Sol and make sure you're in a good spot for sunset, preferably up high. The views over the lake and to the snowcapped mountains beyond really are special: on a clear day, rainbow apricot, peach and violet colours stream across the sky, reflected on the gem-clear water.

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What our experts say

There are many ways to experience Lake Titicaca and its cultural and natural richness. Try kayaking on the sparkling blue water: a unique experience! I recommend you spend a night in a local dwelling with a local family, which you can do on one of the islands or a shore-line community. At the other end of the scale is the luxurious (but eco-friendly) Hotel Titilaka, where the service, excursions, food and sunset views are exceptional.

Margot

Margot Chard

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