Lake Titicaca is surrounded by undulating hills and typical tiny communities, and its water is a brilliant blue. The lake region has a unique combination of gorgeous beauty and culture that distinguishes it from other parts of the country. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, standing at 3,820 metres above sea level.
The best way to appreciate the lake is to take a boat tour to the islands and adjacent communities. The Uros Floating Islands (Islas Flotantes), which support small villages of Uros Indians, are one of the principal tourist attractions. Since the Incas’ time, these are man-made islands built of reeds that have maintained a traditional way of life.
The sights you’ll see on these islands’ tours are intended for tourists, but they do provide a look into a traditional way of life. The floating islands are only a minor portion of Lake Titicaca’s appeal; the real charm is found in the small communities that dot the hillsides along the lake’s shoreline, as well as on the big islands of Isla Taquile and Isla Amantani.
The city of Puno serves as the main entry point to Lake Titicaca, including hotels, restaurants, and travel companies. There are trains and buses to Puno, as well as flights into and out of Juliaca, a nearby city.