Lake Titicaca and Copacabana Travel

The highest navigable body of water on earth, spanning an area so vast it crosses country borders, Lake Titicaca is not to be missed.

Set against a backdrop of picture-perfect snow-capped mountains, Lake Titicaca mesmerises with its endless glistening blue waters and iconic floating islands. This is the world's highest navigable lake, steeped in heritage and cultural gems, offering a spectacular insight into the history and long-standing traditions that continue to thrive here, both on the Bolivian and Peruvian side. Visit the Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun) to uncover some of the ancient legends which feel as real today as they did in Inca times.

A visit to Lake Titicaca is a must for anyone who yearns to experience both astounding scenery and fascinating ancient culture. You’ll find it hard to believe that this remarkable expanse of shimmering water is indeed a lake and not a vast ocean, as it unfolds towards the horizon in a spectacular display of natural beauty. This magical lake, believed by its people to be the birthplace of the sun, is home to 41 floating islands, originally constructed by the Uros several centuries ago and which have since changed very little, as locals continue to use traditional building methods with the same Totora reeds. Glide out onto the glassy waters by boat to meet these communities, see how each island is unique, and discover a window into the past at numerous ancient lakeside ruins.

During your time in Lake Titicaca you are most likely to stay in Copacabana, a functional though charming settlement known for its lively festivals and handicraft markets. Though relatively small, this lakeside town is full of character and colour, welcoming visitors from across the globe with typical Bolivian hospitality. The central town square boasts the Catedral de la Virgen de la Candelaria, a major pilgrimage site and well worth a visit.

Highlights of Lake Titicaca and Copacabana:

Isla del Sol

Undoubtedly one of the top highlights in the region, the Isla del Sol is a quintessential Lake Titicaca experience and absolute must when here. This ancient island is awash with walking trails and archaeological gems, from crumbling stairwells and authentic pathways to the better-preserved structures of Chincana and more. Considered to be the birthplace of the Inca, Isla del Sol is not to be missed.

Catedral de la Virgen de la Candelaria

This charming Moorish-style cathedral dominates the main square of Copacabana and offers an intriguing contrast to both the ancient ruins surrounding the lake and the more contemporary structures of Copacabana itself. A highly-revered pilgrimage site; be sure to venture inside if the doors are open.

Museo de Pariti of Islas de Wiñaymarka

The Museo de Pariti showcases some of the finest exhibits unearthed by American archaeologist Wendell Bennet, during his excavation of the small island in the 1930s. Among the museum's most notable items are an array of exquisite pottery pieces and artful statuettes.

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