Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca

At over 12,000 feet (3800 m), Lake Titicaca is known as the world’s ‘highest navigable lake’. It is located in the Andes mountains and has been inhabited by indigenous peoples for thousands of years, including the Incas and the Tiwanaku

This is a fascinating 6-minute video about the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, constructed by the Uru people. This excellent 2-minute video shows many aerial views of the floating islands. Here’s a wonderful, 3-minute video that gives a flavor of the lake and the local communities.

FunFacts about Lake Titicaca: (Source

  • Basic information, quote: Lake Titicaca is a large, deep lake in the Andes on the border of Bolivia and Peru, often called the “highest navigable lake” in the world. By volume of water and by surface area, it is the largest lake in South America. Lake Maracaibo has a larger surface area, but it is a tidal bay, not a lake. (Source)
  • 27 rivers feed Lake Titicaca, five of which are major systems: Ramis, Coata, Ilave, Huancané, and Suchez.
  • Lake Titicaca’s surface elevation is 12,507 ft or 3,812 m.
  • The designation as the ‘highest navigable lake’ in the world refers to commercial craft. There are many smaller lakes with a higher elevation.
  • Other cultures preceded the Incas at Lake Titicaca. A temple ruin, as much as 1500 years old, was discovered under the water. It is thought to be from the Tiwanaku civilization, an important, ancient, Andean culture.
  • The lake is located on the border between Peru and Bolivia.
  • Lake Titicaca has 41 islands, some of which are densely populated. One such island, Amantani, is approximately six miles square and has a population of 4000 people, comprised of 800 families. Both Incan and Tiwanaku ruins can be found on this island.
  • There doesn’t seem to be an agreed upon origin of the name, ‘Titicaca’. Here is one of several interpretations, quote: According to Weston La Barre, the Aymara considered in 1948 that the proper name of the lake is titiq’aq’a, which means gray, discolored, lead-colored puma. 
  • More than 530 aquatic species make Lake Titicaca their home.
  • The Uru people use the abundant reeds that grow in the shallows of Lake Titicaca to create floating islands. Their ancestors considered themselves the owners of the lake. The Uru people have been living on these islands for over 3000 years. The video describes the thickness of these islands as 1 meter thick or just over 3 feet.

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29 thoughts on “Lake Titicaca

  1. Lake Titicaca looks like a beautiful place! The floating islands are pretty amazing and are something I’d like to see in person.

  2. I would love to see the floating islands. Sounds like very interesting culture. Enjoyed the videos and loved the photos.

  3. I loved the sunset photo with the boat in shadow. Lake Titicaca looks like a beautiful place to live. So peaceful.

  4. Isn’t it amazing what the people of the world can accomplish. I wouldn’t have thought about building floating islands out of reeds. I’m sure it took a lot of work. What made me the most curious though was their blood type being so different from ours. Fascinating as Mr.Spock would say!! Beautiful photos.

  5. Enjoyed all the pictures and what a fascinating place. Not sure I would feel comfortable living on one of the little floating islands though. The boats are amazing. AZ

  6. I would love to visit there. It’s looks beautiful and sounds fascinating. My only concern would be if I would be able to breathe normally at that altitude. I’m not a spring chicken anymore!

    • Maureen,
      One of the videos said it’s spongy or squishy! I know the islands were originally created for protection, which totally makes sense. If your tribe keeps getting attacked on the shore, hey, build an island out of the gazillion reeds in the shallows and make it hard for the enemy to reach you. The islands are also about three feet thick. It’s all so fascinating what man can create…you know…like the Internet!

      Caris,
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

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  8. The 3rd video was stunning. Although the floating islands are interesting, I would not go on one because I would absolutely find the one spot where I would fall through.

  9. Absolutely beautiful! I loved the last picture of the sunset over the lake. This is the type of place I dream of someday living!

    Drea

  10. Once again you take me out of my complacent life and help me enter a new place!!! not only through your books but with the amazing pictures you post!!!!! Thank you!

  11. Does weather affect the islands? Do they move or are they all connected? Certainly something to research and find out more about, how very interesting!!!

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