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Lake Titicaca

By Paige, Nicaragua, October 2012

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Brilliant, almost ethereal blue, Lake Titicaca resides in the clouds, at a thin Andean altitude of 12,464 feet (3,812 meters). It is sacred to half a dozen indigenous nations, and is shared today between Bolivia and Peru. It is often called the “highest navigable lake in the world,” though many of the boats sailing calm, cold waters are made of bundled totora reeds, as they have been for untold centuries.

Visitors to this rarefied dreamscape generally begin their voyage in either Puno, Peru, or Copacabana, Bolivia, connected by a rough but scenic lakefront road that takes about four hours (including time at the border crossing) to traverse. Each city has its charms, and offers access to different islands floating (sometimes literally) in the shimmering waters of this lovely lake.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Peru Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Peru.

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