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Lake Titicaca

Why Visit Lake Titicaca?

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:

  • This is the highest navigable lake in the world
  • Visit Huatajata and the Antiplano Museum where you can learn about the cultural heritage of the Aymaras and the Incas
  • Spend some time kayaking the blue waters of the lake and the surrounding nature
  • Take a boat cruise on the lake from Copacabana
  • Overnight with a local family, either on an island or close to the shore
  • Cycle the shoreline, visit archaelogical sites of interest and visit the pretty lakeside villages
  • The sunset views over the lake are spectacular with hues of orange and red reflected in the crystal-clear waters
  • Coincide your visit with one of the many festivals and enjoy elaborate processions and festivities that last for days
  • Copacabana is known for religious festivals and the red-roofed houses. Visit the Catedral de la Virgen de la Candelaria, a major pilgrimage site. The first week of August sees the celebration of Independence with music, parades, fireworks and celebrations
  • Explore Isla del Sol and Isla de la Luna, visit the Incan archaeological sites

When to go to Lake Titicaca

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.

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Time: Bolivia GMT -4 hours

Flight time:

approximately 21.5 hours (no direct flights from the UK) 

Language: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara

Visas:

Visas – not required for British nationals for stays of up to 90 days

Health:

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.

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