Lake Titicaca Journals

El Lago Titicaca - the grey puma

A June 2004 trip to Lake Titicaca by SaraP

Sparkling blue Titicaca Photo, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia More Photos
Quote: Lago Titicaca -- famous as the "world's highest navigable lake" (actually untrue) -- no one gets past the stats to tell you of the limpid blue waters, floating reed islands, traditional Chola-dressed women and great pejerrey-fish dinners of this border-straddling natural wonder.

El Lago Titicaca - the grey puma

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Overview

Sparkling blue Titicaca Photo, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
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Let's get the stats over with – it's not the world's highest navigable lake at almost 4000m (Chile has smaller, higher lakes) but it is the largest at this altitude – 8300km squared and 284m deep at the centre. Some 3/5ths are Peruvian and the remainder Bolivian, with 3 primary land borders (see below). A National Reserve since 1978, it contains 3 sets of inhabited islands, supports about 60 avian species and 7 types of fish (according to our guide), 5 of which are native and 2 – pejerrey (king-fish) and trout – were so successfully introduced that they are now featured on every lakeside menu! Depending on whom you talk to, "Titicaca" means many things. My favourite is the Aymara -- "Titi" = "...Read More

Uros Floating Islands (Islas Flotantes)

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Attraction | "The floating islands of the Uros people"

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The extraordinary islands of the Uros people are reached by an hour-long boat ride out of Puno on the Peruvian lakeside of Titicaca. Constructed entirely of the tortora reeds which grow in abundance in Titicaca (though I'm not sure I saw enough to furnish the necessary to replenish the island's structure once every month as we were told), these 40 or so islands are inhabited by a few hundred Uros indians -- those who actually live on the islands rather than travel there each day to meet and greet the tourist-visitors also construct their houses from the reeds and keep pigs, chickens, the occasional goat, and live mainly on fish from Titicaca itself. The Uros Indians have lived on Titicaca o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2004

Uros Floating Islands (Islas Flotantes)
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Puno, Peru

Copacabana town

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Attraction

Copacabana's Moorish cathedral Photo, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
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On the shoreline of Titicaca, about 11km from the Bolivia/Peru border and some 160km from La Paz, is the town of Copacabana, a lunch stop-off if you’re travelling by bus from Puno to the Bolivian capital, but worth staying at least overnight (and maybe longer if you’re there at festival time, primarily Easter - see below or at the weekend). It’s a small-ish, virtually one-street town during the week - you can walk from the main plaza and the Moorish cathedral down to the "harbour" in less than 10 minutes (breathlessness permitting); at weekends though, families from La Paz head across for the lakeside frolicking – remember this is a landlocked country so this is as close to sandcastles and s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2004

Boating and Sailings

Attraction | "Islas del Sol and de la Luna"

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A full day's trip takes you to Isla del Sol and Isla de la Luna off the coast of Copacabana. The islands of the sun and moon are some two hours journey beyond the outcrop of the Bolivian coastline and the boats take a zigzag route from Copa to north Sol, to Luna, to south Sol and back to Copa, all of which costs about 20 bolivianos per person. From Copa's tiny "harbour", collect a boat (you can either pre-book with the tourist offices on the main street by the market or chat to the captains to find out at what time they leave and then turn up - the price is pretty much fixed). No self-respecting boat ever leaves on time but eventually you'll head off on the crystal clear waters, past the tiny ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 26, 2004

Boating and Sailings
Copacabana Shores
Copacabana, Bolivia