Discovering the Inca ruins of Lake Titicaca

Posted by on May 26, 2013

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Recognized as the highest navigable lake in the world with more than 3.500 meters, Lake Titicaca is one of the most amazing tourist destinations which the South American continent houses. Lake Titicaca is located in the Collao Plateau, between the Andean mountains on the border of Peru and Bolivia, and its extension houses a wide variety of islands inhabited by Aymara and Quechua, inhabitants since ancient times even before stage of the Inca Empire. They are the inhabitants of islands like Amantani, Esteves, Chirita, Bell, Campanario, Pariti, Moon Island, Cojata, and Chiquipa.

Lake Titicaca View towards Bolivia

Lake Titicaca View towards Bolivia

Lake Titicaca where water meets land

Lake Titicaca where water meets land

Lake Titicaca is important to the ecosystem because it keeps the climate balance, power, agricultural activities, and hosts the most important geo economic region to the Andean region of the country being the habitat for example of thirty percent of sheep, twenty percent of cattle, and more than fifty percent of alpacas throughout Peru.

Lake Titicaca Shore

Lake Titicaca Shore

Lake Titicaca Sunset

Lake Titicaca Sunset

If we want to live a more inclusive experience we can visit the floating islands of the Uros. In the small islands of Los Uros we can walk on popular reed boats and sleep in separate islands on the waters of Lake Titicaca. Also, when visiting Lake Titicaca we should not stop from buying handicrafts, fabrics or other textile art representation of Lake Titicaca, the same since 2005 that has the title Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO.

Lake Titicaca Uros Islands

Lake Titicaca Uros Islands

Lake Titicaca Custom boats

Lake Titicaca Custom boats

Finally, it is important to note that if our next tourist destination is Lake Titicaca, we should not leave without visiting the islands of Lake Titicaca, you can visit them to live for two or three days between the inhabitants of the island and be part of their traditions. In addition, we must make special tourist routes in the flora and fauna of the area, from May to October being the best time of year to visit this destination.

Lake Titicaca Ruins

Lake Titicaca Ruins

Lake Titicaca Bolivia

Lake Titicaca Bolivia

Lake Titicaca photos: Stefan Heinrich, Kees Straver, David and Sarah’s Adventure, Neil Moralee, jaredvork, Jim Shannon, Nomadic Samuel.

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