Lake Titicaca Bolivia

This famous expanse of water is the highest commercially navigable lake in the world. At 3,600 metres above sea level, Lake Titicaca is shared with Peru and is one of the most enjoyable and convenient ways to cross from Bolivia into Peru or vice versa. The peace and tranquillity you experience as you cross this vast lake is a joy matched by the spectacular mountainous backdrop and the icy blue hues of the waters. The lake abounds with over 530 aquatic species, many of which are endangered, plus a number of fascinating islands that are all worth visiting for their own individual attractions.
From the Bolivian side, access to the islands is from Copacabana on the southern shore. In this small, picturesque town you can see the white Moorish style cathedral, with characteristic blue tile decoration. Nearby, you can visit the Horca del Inca, or Incan Gallows. This is a 14th century BC astronomical observatory built by the Chiripa people. Here the rock doorways were precisely arranged to allow the sun’s rays to pass through on the June winter solstice. They were used to observe the heavens and predict important community events. The walk up is something of a scramble but the evocative atmosphere is well worth the effort.
Boats leave regularly for the popular island of Isla del Sol, one of the largest islands in the lake. It is harsh and rocky and beautifully unspoilt, with stunning agricultural terracing. There are no motor vehicles or paved roads but there are nearly 200 pre-Inca ruins, including the Sacred Rock, which the Inca believed was the birthplace of their Sun God.
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Isla de la Luna is small by comparison but it is another recommended trip from Copacabana. The pre-Inca Tiwanaka people built a major temple here and many of their buildings were built over by the Inca. Inca ruins include a nunnery and the famous Temple of the Virgins. Legend says that the great Inca god Viracocha commanded the rising of the moon on the island, thus invoking its name.  
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