A major lake located on the border of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is famous for its uniqueness. The highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca is situated in the Andes at approximately 12,500 feet above sea level. Come with us as we get to know more about this amazing destination for travel and what it has to offer you when you travel. Enjoy with us an Island Trader Vacations review of Lake Titicaca, a one of a kind destination for travel.
A region of contrasts, this part of the Andes is home to diverse peoples, opportunities and histories. From its small island communities to its nearby international marketplaces, Lake Titicaca is truly a land of extremes. From exploring the mountains to exploring the history, there are literally hundreds of things to see and do in and around this amazing lake. Recognized for its diversity, history and its ecology, Lake Titicaca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular South American destination for travel today.
A massive lake, Lake Titicaca, like many other large lakes in the world is home to islands. Unlike other lakes however, many of its islands are actually manmade. The Uros and the people who live on these islands are perhaps the most unique features of this region. Made entirely of floating reeds which are found throughout the shallows of the lake, their purpose was so that in times of war, the islands could be moved from one place to another for protection. While once designed purely for protection, these islands are today, a popular destination for travelers in search of history and culture unique to the region.
While many of the manmade and natural islands in the lake are not well developed, many others are including one of the main islands of the lake, Amantaní. A natural island, Amantani may be a small island but it is home to over 4,000 native people living in over 10 communities around the island. This island’s people still continue to farm on the island today, much like those who lived here long ago. Remnants of this past civilization can still be found here today on two mountain peaks which still hold ancient ruins. While there are no cars or hotels located on the island, many visitors still come here to experience this long-lived and hearty people and their history.
Taquile Island is another of the many islands home to thousands of residents today. This lovely small island which is home to over 2000 residents has been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its oral history and tradition and its impact on civilization. Famous for its Taquilenos, these men are infamous for their hand woven textiles. Visitors can still see these men knitting outside on the streets of the main village today.
Islands aside, the beauty, history and the natural bounty of this area further provide ample opportunities to explore and enjoy this amazing area for travel.
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