Everything you should know about the Wonderful Mystical Lake Titicaca
- Published on Apr 18, 2016 Destinations
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The Lake Titicaca is a natural wonder located in the Highland of Peru where various cultures settled nearby its shores, thousands of years ago. Titicaca is considered the highest navigable lake in the world, at 3810 m.a.s.l., and the most important lake in Peru since, as the legend relates, the founders of the Inca Empire were born from its waters.
The Legend of Lake Titicaca
The most relevant Inca legend takes place in Lake Titicaca, namely, the birth of the Inca Empire by Inca Manco Capac and his wife Mama Ocllo.
According to the legend, the couple, descendants of the Sun God, arose from Titicaca water and once they landed, the god Viracocha (the god of rain and the universe) ordered them to find a place where the Empire was to be built, thus founding the city of Cusco.
Tourist Attractions of Lake Titicaca
Besides its spectacular natural landscape, the lake has tourist attractions such as the floating islands of Uros, Taquile, Isla del Sol, Amantani, and Isla Suasi, where visitors come to sightsee. The vast natural wealth offered by the 36,180 hectares of Lake Titicaca is protected by Reserva Nacional del Titicaca (Titicaca National Reserve) since it was established in 1978.
Activities and tourist attractions on Lake Titicaca
Besides its spectacular natural landscape, Lake Titicaca offers various choices to embark on a tourist activity. Trekking is one of those. The incredible landscapes with a view of the lake encourage visitors taking the Inca Road or Qhapaq Ñam route from Cusco.
Community rural tourism can also be practiced, which consists of living an unforgettable experience with local people from Titicaca floating islands, by sailing, fishing and getting to know local residents’ culture.
You can visit the tourist attractions on the lake such as the floating islands of Uros, Taquile, Isla del Sol, Amantani, and Isla Suasi. Besides, there is plenty of natural wealth in the 36,180 hectares of Titicaca, which is at present protected by Titicaca National Reserve since it was established in 1978.
We invite you to find out the impressing landscapes that Lake Titicaca offers to the world on PeruRail Titicaca Train and the Belmond Andean Explorer!