Sharing a border with Peru, Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake set at an altitude of 3,800 metres.
Surrounded by mountains and the vast altiplano landscape, the lake is a shimmering expanse of blue that reflects cloud-scudded skies and the white-tipped Andes across its 8,400 square-kilometre spread. Because of its high elevation, you can view spectacular sunrises and sunsets from around the lake, but the area around the lake is most famous for its curious reed islands and traditional villages. Dappled around the shores of the lake are many colourful Aymara settlements where the ancient way of life is unchanged by modern advancements.
The Bolivian side of the lake is home to the idyllic Sun and Moon islands; on Lake Titicaca holidays you can stay on Sun Island amid the eucalyptus trees and fishing villages. On Isla del Sol, or Sun Island, there are no paved roads or motor vehicles, and most of the 800 families that live there support themselves by farming and fishing. The island is home to many Inca ruins, such as the 206 Inca steps and an ancient fountain. Cross over to the Peruvian side of the lake, and you could visit the islands of Taquile and Amantani and the floating island of Uros to learn the art of reed weaving. It’s easy to see why Lake Titicaca is one of Bolivia’s top attractions.
As the lake straddles the border between Bolivia and Peru you can move between the countries with ease.
You can approach the lake from both the Bolivian and Peruvian sides, so if you’re looking to combine both destinations in one trip the lake is an ideal crossing place.
From Bolivia, you can visit the Peruvian side of the lake before continuing your journey to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.