As one of the highest lakes in the world, shared by the borders of Bolivia and Peru, Lake Titicaca rightly affords itself the slogan of the ‘Sea in the Sky’ and its majestic beauty and extreme setting confirms the beguiling effect it has on people.
Still home to the native pre-Incan Aymaran people, the lake is still very much their source and spiritual lifeline. Local communities, intimate and modest villages make the Bolivian shores a more rustic and peaceful place to stay than the Peruvian side.
As such we organise fascinating excursions to indigenous villages, farms and the Incan ruins on the Sun and Moon Islands all of which serve to illustrate a way of life that has remained unaltered for thousands of years.
We have also selected the best hotels on the lake’s Bolivian side from where you can enjoy the tranquil landscape perhaps only broken by the primal drawl of an Andean panpipe.
When to go
There is not a huge difference in temperatures throughout the year with an average of 12ºC (53ºF). February to November are generally considered to be the warmer months but remember there is almost always a chilly wind blowing off the lake.
What to do
- Walk amongst the archaeological ruins and agricultural terraces of the Isla del Sol
- See river reeds harvested then made into traditional Tortoros
- The ancient city of Tiahuanaco
- Visit the markets and church of the lakeside town of Copacabana
- The floating Islands of the Uros People
- Aymaran villages and culture
- Getting to and from some of the 41 islands or even for a scenic crossing from or into Peru is easily done by hydrofoil