Lake Titicaca tours tend to leave lasting impressions. The lake itself is both large and beautiful, and it maintains a rather mystical and sacred edge. This was once the most sacred body of water for the Inca, and the Uros people who pre-date the Inca have lived on floating Lake Titicaca islands that are made of reeds for centuries on end. Many of the Lake Titicaca tours pay a visit to the floating Uros islands so that tourists can get a close look at a very unique way of life.
Lake Titicaca sits at an elevation of 12,500 feet and is the world’s highest navigable lake. Also the largest lake in all of South America, its surface area is more than 3,000 square miles, and the Andes Mountains & Altiplano terrain that surrounds it only adds depth to the overall setting. It is a major tourist attraction that is shared by the countries of Peru and Bolivia, and there are plenty of tours that take advantage of what it has to offer.
Since the majority of the Lake Titicaca tours involve visiting islands, tour guests can expect to do some sightseeing out on the water. In fact, by way of boat it can take a while to get out to some of the popular tourist islands, such as Taquile and Amantani. Full day trips out to the floating Uros Islands and the island of Taquile are among the most popular Lake Titicaca tours, and for those who are interested, there are two day tours that include visits to Uros, Taquile and Amantani. Either way, the costs are more than reasonable, and all of the islands are amazing to visit for their own reasons. Tours that originate on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca tend to feature a stop at the Isla del Sol (Sun Island). This is where the first Inca were said to emerge according to legend.
Visiting some ruins is possible on Lake Titicaca tours. Among the top destinations in this department is the pre-Incan burial ground that is known as Sillustani. This burial ground can be found near Puno and features some very well-preserved funerary towers that are known as chullpas. Puno, it should be mentioned, is the main tourist town on the shores of Lake Titicaca. It can be found on the Peruvian side, and there are many Peru travel packages that include a Puno visit and island tours.