Titicaca: the highest lake in the world

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Titicaca is a lake located on the border between Peru and Bolivia. The lake lies at an altitude of almost 4,000m above sea level, making it the highest navigable lake in the world and the largest lake in South America by volume of water.

Titicaca lake

Climate in the Lake Titicaca region

The climate in the lake region undergoes extreme changes during the year. The average temperature in summer can reach 12°C and falling to 5°C in winter. Summer storms are frequent short of the lake and the surrounding area.

Titicaca map

Visiting the lake from Puno, Peru

Who wants to visit Lake Titicaca by the Peruvian side, should go to the city of Puno. The city offers excellent infrastructure and is known as the folklore capital of Peru. In the city there is also a beautiful old cathedral, and is very close to the biggest attractions in Peru as Machu Picchu and the city of Cusco. Puno is also famous for the floating islands of the lake, made ​​hundreds of years ago by the people of the region. The main attractions in Puno are:

  • Uros (floating islands)
  • Taquile island
  • Amantani island
  • Archaeological Complex of Sillustani
  • Llachón

Titicaca from Puno

Visiting the lake from Copacabana, Bolivia

On the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca you can find the fascinating city of Copacabana, which is the most important Bolivian town on Lake Titicaca. The city is an important destination for tourism in Bolivia. The city is also known for its famous Basilica, home of the Virgin of Copacabana, its trout and its quaint atmosphere. The are very good hostels and hotels at great prices in Copacabana, a good tip for anyone traveling on a tight pocket. The major attractions in Copacabana are:

  • Basílica of Copacabana
  • The Calvário
  • Isla del Sol
  • Isla de la Luna

Titicaca from Copacabana

Getting to the Lake Titicaca

Neither city has a commercial airport, but there are a number of possibilities and other means of transport to reach the city.

For those who wish to visit Lake Titicaca from Puno, should take a flight to Lima and then a bus to the city of Puno.

Who has as destination the town of Copacabana in Bolivia, must go to La Paz by plane and from there there are direct connections by bus to Copacabana.



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