Lake Titicaca is positioned between west Peru and east Bolivia and is known to the Inca people as the ‘Birthplace of the Sun’. Claiming the title of South America’s largest freshwater lake, it is also the world’s highest lake, sitting at 12,500 feet above sea level, and covers 8,300 square kilometres, providing plenty of space for the islands that float there. It is predicted that there are around 1,200 Uros people living on the islands, which are a must-see when the sun is setting. It’s a truly unforgettable experience, which can also be enjoyed from Sacred Island.
Known as the ‘Birthplace of the Sun’ by the Inca, Lake Titicaca is an incredible body of water that never fails to impress. Approxinately 3,700 years ago, the indigenous race of the Uros migrated to Lake Titicaca and disregarded their language, along with any traditions that they had previously held. In order to avoid the Incas, the Uros people built mobile floating cities and towns on the lake, but many of the population were caught by the Inca and forced into slavery by them. The lake was home to many steamships from 1862 to 1931, but sadly, the ships are no longer in service.
Uros Floating Islands
The floating islands were created out of totora reed, the reeds woven together until the bases of the islands became two metres thick, which made them a strong and reliable structure. The structures were then joined to the bottom of the lake using long sticks and rope. Despite this, the reeds need to be swapped every three months when they start to die – if an island is well-maintained, it isn’t uncommon for it to last thirty years. Today, the islands are becoming more modern and use solar panels for electricity and even for powering their radio station.
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Lake Titicaca’s climate is classified as warm and temperate, making it an ideal destination for a holiday most times of the year. October and November are the hottest months, with an average temperature of 19°C, while the coldest months are June and July, at 16°C. The rainy season tends to be from November to April, however December can be a good time to visit despite the rain.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Lake Titicaca.
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