Pan fried Titicaca rainbow trout.

by Chef Noly and Bella
(Chicago, Illinois and Santa Cruz, Bolivia)

Monument to Eduardo Avaroa in Copacabana, Lake Titicaca

Monument to Eduardo Avaroa in Copacabana, Lake Titicaca

Bolivia may not have access to the sea but there is always delicious trout from Lake Titicaca. Along the drive to Copacabana you can enjoy trout cooked in a variety of ways in restaurants that jut out over the lake. One of the most memorable moments I had in Bolivia was eating pan fried trout while enjoying an unobstructed view of the lake at one of these restaurants.



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Jul 08, 2010
Pan fried Titicaca rainbow trout
by: BoliviaBella

Lake Titicaca, at 3,812 m (12,500 ft) above sea level is the highest commercially navigable lake in the world. By volume of water it is also the largest lake in South America. Lake Titicaca lies on the border of Peru and Bolivia, with each country claiming ownership of roughly half the lake. On the Peruvian side, the lake averages 500-600 feet in depth, but on the Bolivian side reaches depths of over 900 feet. Numerous rivers feed the lake waters. One small river, the Desaguadero, is Lake Titicaca's only outlet and it drains under 5% of the lake's excess waters. The rest is lost through evaporation. The lake level fluctuates, growing in volume during the rainy season and receding during the dry season. However, today Lake Titicaca is at record low levels.

Lake Titicaca is thought to be at least 2 million years old and it is believed its waters used to cover a much greater area, including the distant Uyuni Salt Flats. The lake doesn't have a great variety of fish and is also home to one of the world's largest frog species, the Telmatobius, which averages about a foot long, but has been found to reach up to two feet in length in deeper waters. Trout were introduced into the lake in 1939 and today there is nothing more delicious than a big piping hot plate of Titicaca rainbow trout with rice and salad right on the lake shore. You can't get fresher than trout straight from the water to the grill and the nippy cold weather makes enjoying hot grilled trout outside especially tasty!

Bolivia celebrated Día del Mar (Day of the Sea) yesterday as it does every year on the 23rd of March. Even though Bolivia is a landlocked nation, it has a navy! You can see the Bolivian Naval Academy on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Chef Noly has shared something about Bolivian history to help you understand why a country with no ocean celebrates Day of the Sea.

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