Lake Titicaca (Quechua: Titiqaqa Qucha) is a large, deep, freshwater lake in the Andes on the border of Bolivia and Peru, often called the “highest navigable lake” in the world. By volume of water and by surface area, it is the largest lake in South America. Lake Titicaca has a surface elevation of 3,812 m (12,507 ft).
The “highest navigable lake” claim is generally considered to refer to commercial craft. Numerous smaller bodies of water around the world are at higher elevations. For many years, the largest vessel afloat on the lake was the 2,200-ton (2,425 U.S. tons), 79-metre (259 ft) SS Ollanta. Today, the largest vessel is most likely the similarly sized train barge/float Manco Capac, operated by PeruRail.
Other cultures lived on Lake Titicaca prior to the arrival of the Incas. In 2000, a team of international archaeologists and divers found the ruins of an underwater temple, thought to be between 1,000 and 1,500 years old, most likely built by the Tiwanaku people. The ruins have been measured to be 200 by 50 m (660 by 160 ft). The temple was accompanied by a village, some roads, terraces for farming and a retaining wall that ran for 800 metres.
- Lying between the border of Peru and Bolivia in the heart of the Andes Mountains; this lake remains one of the great attractions of Peru.
- Visit Amantani, Uros & Taquile Islands; the infrastructure and traditions of these islands is something very unique to Peru and a pleasure to discover.
- For more adventure; there are options to enjoy a kayak expedition from 1-3 days around the lake also.
1 – 3 Days: Tours of the lake and its islands; normally include 2-3 islands with a one night homestay