Why Lake Titicaca Could be Just the Place for You!

by Kricket

Lake Titicaca in the Andes Mountains

Lake Titicaca in the Andes Mountains

Today I'm going to tell you some super interesting stuff about Lake Titicaca which can be found partially in the Western part of Bolivia not far from La Paz, and partly in the Southeastern part of Peru. This lake is one of the most fascinating in the world and is shared by both countries.

A lot of it is because it is over 3800 meters 12,350 feet above sea level. In fact it's the highest navigable lake in the world. It is usually very cold at night but in the daytime sometimes the weather is hot. During June and August it's at it's coldest.

Our friends at Crillon Tours have created this gorgeous drone video of Lake Titicaca. See it from above!

A tour of the lake is great for any tourist. On the Peruvian side of the lake is the town of Puno, the capital of folklore of Peru. On the Bolivian side of the lake you can find a very fascinating town called Challapampa. This town has a famous labyrinth called Chinkana.

Also on the Bolivian side is the biggest island on the lake. In Spanish it's called Isla del Sol. In English it's translated to Island of the Sun. It has more than 180 ruins scattered around it. These ruins belonged to the people of the Incan period. You can get to this island from another town called Copacabana or a smaller one nearby called Huatajata.

The lake is high in the Andes mountains and gets it's water from rain and melting glaciers. It is very cold and dry year-round, and you might feel altitude sickness when you first arrive. The temperture is about 45 degrees F and can go down to 30 degrees in the winter months. The highest temperature your gonna get is 60 degrees in the summer months. For some reason it's summer months are December and January so if you don't like to cold around Christmas time this could be the place for you.

So I hope today's Fact of the Week was fun and enjoyable. Maybe it even made you start vacation plans. Before I end off here's a little question for you. Do you live near a lake? If you do, is its name as unusual as "Titicaca"?

Submitted 2015-02-02

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