Lake Titicaca, Spanish Lago Titicaca, the world’s highest lake navigable to large vessels, lying at 12,500 feet (3,810 metres) above sea level in the Andes Mountains of South America, astride the border between Peru to the west and Bolivia to the east.
Is Lake Titicaca more in Peru or Bolivia?
Lake Titicaca straddles Peru and Bolivia. The Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca lies to the east. Although smaller in relation to the Peruvian side, it is much more manageable to visit local communities and archaeological sites in a shorter period of time.
Why is Lake Titicaca important to Bolivia?
In the desolate Andes plateau, Lake Titicaca serves as a source of drinking water and food for the surrounding population and, as such, is vital for their existence. The body of water creates a beneficial microclimate that makes the cultivation of potatoes and grains (barley, corn and quinoa) possible at that altitude.
What is so special about Lake Titicaca?
It is world-record breaking
The highest navigable body of water in the world, Lake Titicaca sits 3,800 meters above sea level. At 12,500 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains of South America, it sits astride the border between Peru to the west and Bolivia to the east.
A team of archaeological divers has uncovered dazzling treasures at the bottom of Lake Titicaca, including a puma carved out of the blue gemstone lapis-lazuli, gold medallions and a turquoise stone pendant. … After all, it would have been the closest piece of land to the center of the vast lake.