Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca, the second largest lake in South America, is a highlight of any Bolivia Tour. Lake Titicaca Hotels are plentiful, with many conveniently situated in Copacabana, on the southern shores of the lake.

This scenic place has enormous significance in the ancient culture of the Inca. The creation myth of the Inca is rooted in these deep blue waters. This was the legendary place where the great god Viracocha appeared, walking across the waters. This, the father of all the Incas appeared before the rising sun and asked the Incas to be kind and loving to one another, and he walked across the land, spreading knowledge and teachings, promising to return again one day.

This impossibly deep lake is roughly the shape of a puma, an animal that is sacred to the Inca. 25 Rivers run into Lake Titicaca, which is split between the two countries of Peru and Bolivia. Isla del Sol is the largest of all of the 41 islands of Lake Titicaca. Situated off the peninsula of Copacabana, this island is home to the remains of an ancient temple. A rock outcropping on one end of the island is where the Inca believed the sun first rose, and the convex side of this rock used to be plated with sheets of pure gold.

If you're visiting Lake Titicaca, a Inca Utama Hotel, and the Hotel Colon Inn both offer quality affordable accommodations. Colon offers doubles which are a very reasonable rate compared to other Lake Titicaca hotels. Stunning views of the Cordillera Real can be had from the windows of the Crillon Tours Inca Utama Hotel.

A whopping 120 miles long and 50 miles wide, Lake Titicaca narrows in the south at the straight of Tiquina, creating almost two bodies of water. On the Peruvian side of the lake is where the Uro people make their home, descendants of an ancient culture. Here they live on floating islands, where the tortora reed is densest. The Uro are the skilled craftsmen of the reed boats made from the tortora reed. These are small, lightweight crescent shaped boats with hardly enough room for a passenger. The locals use them for travel and some ferry visitors across the lake.

Crillon Tours is Bolivia's largest tour operator, offering the comprehensive Bolivia occasion. This reputable company is established as a premier tour leader in Bolivia. Crillon Tours runs hydrofoils on Lake Titicaca and operates private buses to every imaginable destination you could possible want on a Bolivia tour.

On the southern shore lay the ancient community of Tiahuanaco, an ancient temple-complex and settlement thought to have flourished from 500 BC to 900 AD. These impressive, well-preserved ruins place became central to the Inca religious belief when they discovered it in the 15th century. A massive stone gate carved with peculiar symbols and an image of a figure with a halo and two strange staff like object in each of his hands. This image became the ancient creator God Viracocha, and the rest of the complex became inextricably woven into Incan culture. Enormous stone pavilions and finely hewn stones have never failed to impress visitors throughout the ages.

For the quintessential South American experience, be sure you that make time for a visit to Lake Titicaca part of your Bolivia tour - no trip would be complete without it.

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