The Birthplace of the Incas
The highest navigable lake globally, Lake Titicaca straddles Peru and Bolivia at 12,507 ft. (3,812 m) above sea level. Standing on the shoreline, the never-ending expanse of blue with the lake blending into the sky will take your breath away. Perhaps that’s just the altitude! Along with the natural beauty is a carefully preserved cultural heritage that’s considered the richest in Peru.
Home to the annual Candelaria festival and other fascinating traditions, Lake Titicaca is a serene, sacred place, said to the birthplace of the Incas. Before then, the area was home to several ancient civilizations. It is still inhabited by the Aymara and Quechua people, many live traditional subsistence livelihoods that have changed little over the centuries.
Visiting Lake Titicaca
Good Life Expeditions offers authentic Lake Titicaca tours and interactions with the peoples that live here. The lake’s shores and islands are dotted with ancient ruins and vibrant living communities waiting to be explored. To truly experience the lake, you, of course, have to hit the water. Visit the Urus islands, made entirely of reeds and still inhabited by the Urus people who built mobile homes to evade aggressive land-dwellers’ advances.
Further out into the lake are several remote islands, each with distinct communities that can be visited as part of Lake Titicaca tours with Good Life Expeditions. Taquile Island is known for its male weaving traditions. It is UNESCO protected for its ‘intangible cultural heritage.’
For a truly relaxing experience connecting with the lake’s natural surroundings, visit Suasi Island, staying at a remote and pristine eco-lodge. Lake Titicaca tours arranged by Good Life Expeditions can also include simple homestays with local communities and relaxing retreats at a top luxury lodge right at the water’s edge. There are a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and travel styles.
Lake Titicaca tours can easily be included on a trip to Peru by flying from Lima. You could also take a bus or scenic train journey from Cusco. If you’d like to visit Lake Titicaca as part of a trip to Peru, contact our expert travel team today to start planning.