Hidden away high in the Andes between snow-covered peaks lies Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest freshwater lake. Revered as one of the most fascinating lakes in the world, its glassy waters, towering reeds, endless sunshine and colourful community make it the kind of travel destination you go home longing for. Here’s why you need to visit Lake Titicaca:
1. Views for days
Lake Titicaca is perched between the border of Peru and Bolivia at 12,500 feet above sea level. That high altitude is great for many things including the crystal-clear air. Take stunning panorama snaps all day long and at night, sit back and gaze into the jam packed starry sky.
2. It’s where the world began
The Andean people refer to Lake Titicaca as ‘The Sacred Lake’. Incan mythology says the first Inca king, Manco Capac, was born here, making it the birthplace of civilisation. The people who live around the lake still make offerings to ensure there will be enough totora reeds to build their houses, enough fish to catch and for the climate to remain mild.
3. The floating islands of Uros
Man-made and completely unique, no write up of Titicaca can go by without mention of the incredible floating islands of the Uros, the 30 small Islands that are home to part of the population that lives on Lake Titicaca. Made of totora reeds, the surface of the islands are uneven, creating the feel of walking on a waterbed. The locals that live on the islands are warm and welcoming and have continued with their traditional way of life for thousands of years.
4. Island of the Sun
One of the biggest islands located in the southern part of Lake Titicaca is Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun). According to the Incas this Island is the birthplace of the sun, and with no roads or vehicles on the island, its beauty has been easily preserved. Isla del Sol has a lot to offer with its impressive views, landscape, hikes, and historical ruins.
5. Sustainable Lifestyle
Those who live on Lake Titicaca pretty much set the example for the rest of us in terms of sustainable living. The islands, and indeed the buildings, boats and handicrafts sold to tourists are all made from tortora reeds. The locals get the majority of their food from the surrounding lake with a diet that mostly consists of fish, potatoes and quinoa, and they also raise llamas and alpacas for meat, retaining their fine wool for textile weaving.