As your traditional wooden boat glides smoothly across the serene waters of Lake Titicaca, gentle ripples shimmer under the morning sun. Splashes of vibrant crimson, turquoise and emerald appear on the horizon as colourfully dressed locals go about their daily life, fringed by the yellow totora reeds of the unique Iruitos Floating Islands that they call home.
Lake Titicaca holiday highlights
Set at over 12,000 feet above sea level, Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest commercially navigable lake. With a breathtaking setting on the Andean plateau with a backdrop of snowcapped mountains, it is also one of the world's most beautiful lakes as well as the mythical birthplace of the Incas. According to legend, the creator god Viracocha emerged from the waters and created the sun, moon, stars and the first humans. The lake is home to the Floating Islands, made from totora reeds which expand to support growing Uros communities. The small city of Puno hugs the shore and is considered Peru's folklore capital.
The eastern side of this vast and beautiful lake is set on the shores of Bolivia. Traditional Aymarán villages line the scenic shores and the pilgrimage town of Copacabana houses a shrine to Bolivia’s patron saint - the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana. The Bolivian side of the lake is also home to the rugged Sun and Moon Islands which are rich in mythology and home to more than 150 Inca settlements. Explore the cultures of the indigenous people and discover one of the Americas’ oldest civilisations at nearby Tiwanaku.