Lake Titicaca is surely one of the most captivating destinations in South America, and for many it’s an explorer’s gateway to get from Machu Picchu to Bolivia, or vice versa. This deep and mysterious body of water straddles the border between Bolivia and Peru, and there are countless unique settlements and villages to be explored on either side. One of the earth’s 20 ancient lakes, Lake Titicaca is situated in the Andean altiplano, or high plain, and is known for its still blue waters that reflect an equally still blue sky above. Journey across the lake’s calm surface to the famous Floating Islands of Uros, a collection of small man-made islands, made by layering beds of the thick and buoyant reed totora, which grows locally in abundance on the shores of the lake, on top of each other. This is the largest lake in South America and its surroundings and islands have been inhabited by dwellers since before the Inca. One of the earth’s 20 ancient lakes, Lake Titicaca is situated in the Andean altiplano, or high plain, and in local Andean culture, it is the birthplace of the sun. Pre-Inca Pukara, Tiwanaku and Collas cultures are all part of Lake Titicaca’s legacy, and you can visit some small Inca ruins that are lesser known to tourists.
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