Situated in the high plains that separate Bolivia and
Peru, it is a natural frontier between the two countries. It is
the highest navigable lake in the world at 3,810 m (12,500ft) above
sea level and is the biggest in South America, with an area of 8,300
square kilometers (3,200 sq miles). Lake Titicaca has become the
main witness to the rise of the Incan Empire, and its waters hold the legend
of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, who founded the Incan society high
up in Cuzco, a task given to them by their father, the Sun. A
story tells that the
arrival of the Spanish in the 16th Century caused the indigenous
people to hide their treasures at the bottom of the lake in
desperation, just as there are rumors that some ruins of cities can
also be found there. What is certain is that in the surrounding areas
of Koa Island, to the north of Sun Island, they have found artifacts
that, according to archaeologists, may indicate that there was a
city below the water, but the evidence is too scarce to guarantee
this. Not very far from there, in Copacabana, there is a festival
that takes place in
honor of the Miraculous Brunette Virgin. The immense, clear blue
waters of Lake Titicaca are quite impressive.
To the northwest of La Paz, in the heart of the high plains,
in the border region of Perú.
When to go
Lake Titicaca, Isla del Sol, Isla de la Luna, Kalahuata,
Suriqui, Tiquina Strait, Copacabana, the Basilica of
Copacabana with its Moroccan style, Intikala or the Tribunal
of the Inca.
How to get there
From La Paz you can get there by highway which unites the
capital with Copacabana.
From Perú you can take the highway that connects the town of
Puno (Perú) with las Tierras de la Virgen Morena(Bolivia).
Hiking, trekking, adventure
Sunny during the day and low temperatures at
Accommodations, meals, transportation.
Copacabana, Isla del Sol, Isla de la Luna, Ruins of Tiahuanaco.