Lake Titicaca is a vast body of shimmering turquoise blue water dotted with idyllic small islands with Bolivia on one side and Peru on the other. This is the highest navigable lake in the world. Bolivia lays claim to two of the islands, Sun and Moon islands, rich in Inca archaeological heritage, in fact, according to Incan mythology, Lake Titicaca is the birthplace of the Incan Sun God, Inti.
The lake shores are home to pretty villages and agricultural fields with a stunning backdrop of hills and mountain peaks. The fields are tended the old-fashioned way, crops are planted by hand and you will see the locals tending their fields dressed in traditional clothing. Reasons to visit Lake Titicaca include:
Lake Titicaca can be visited all year round, although many people prefer to avoid the main rainy season which is January to March. At this time, the waters of the lake which are usually crystal clear, shimmering and calm can become murky, grey and choppy. May to October sees the best of sunny days, although do be aware then in June and July temperatures at night can dip below freezing.
Time: Bolivia GMT -4 hours
approximately 21.5 hours (no direct flights from the UK)
Language: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Visas – not required for British nationals for stays of up to 90 days
Yellow Fever vaccine should be given to travellers 9 months of age and upwards if travelling to areas below 2,300m east of the Andes Mountains. These areas include the whole departments of Beni, Pando and Santa Cruz, and parts of the Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz and Tarija departments. No other vaccinations are compulsory.