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Lake Titicaca Bolivia Holidays

Lake Titicaca Bolivia holidays

Straddling the border between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and is extremely important in Andean history and culture. Its deep blue and crystal clear waters hold a mystical power for the Aymara, the indigenous people who along with the Quechua, still populate the Andes.

Said by the Incas to be the birthplace of humanity, the life-giving properties of the lake are not just founded in legend but also in science. The warmth retained by the water increases the fertility of the surrounding areas, an effect not lost on the Tiwanaku people – agricultural technology was one of the main reasons behind their power as a civilisation. Besides the obvious advantages for the local population, this makes the area particularly picturesque. Llamas graze contentedly at the shore and if the water wasn’t so cold, or the weather so changeable, one could easily be tempted to swim.

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Holidays In Lake Titicaca Bolivia

There are a number of ways to spend time on the lake and a visit to Sun Island is highly recommended. This beautiful island played an intrinsic part in Inca legend. However Sun Island was also an important religious shrine for the Tiwanaku culture even before it became revered by the Incas. The smaller Moon Island was also an important site for the Incas and there are more ruins here. The nearby Floating Urus – Iruitos Islands have restricted visiting. Less commercial than the floating islands near Puno, the families here are being supported through a local sustainable tourism project.

The Cultural Centre at the Inca Utama hotel illustrates many aspects of Andean life such as weaving, farming and cultural beliefs. There is also an exhibition showing the work of the famous Limachi brothers who made the local traditional style reed boats for a number of long distance expeditions across the Atlantic.

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