I guarantee you would have either heard of or seen pictures of Lake Titicaca Peru but you may not know too much about it. Well to start off with, Lake Titicaca is the biggest lake in South America and also the highest lake in the world! Pretty impressive right?
I spent one full day exploring Lake Titicaca Peru and have put together this travel guide to help you plan your trip!
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WHERE IS LAKE TITICACA
Lake Titicaca is a lake between Bolivia and Peru, though mostly visited from a small city called Puno which is located on the Peruvian side of the lake. From Cusco to Lake Titicaca the journey is around eight hours.
If you are wondering about the Lake Titicaca Weather, the best time to visit is between February and November for moderate temperatures and minimal rainfall. December and January are the wettest months at Lake Titicaca Peru.
HOW TO GET TO LAKE TITICACA PERU
The easiest way to reach Puno Titicaca is by bus. The most reputable bus company in Peru that I discovered to be the most comfortable and reliable is Peru Hop.
They offer many different bus routes and itineraries throughout Peru and I highly recommend traveling with them.
For this particular trip, the Peru Hop bus departs from Cusco at 22:00 pm and arrives the following morning in Puno Titicaca at 06:00 am.
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Lakeside city of Puno – Lake Titicaca Peru
LAKE TITICACA TOURS
The only way to explore Lake Titicaca Peru is by organising a Lake Titicaca Tour which can either be done in Puno at a tourist office when you arrive or by booking ahead of time with a tour company.
I personally booked my Lake Titicaca Tour with Madre Tierra Travel, an adventure tour company that offers dozens of tours throughout South America.
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LAKE TITICACA FACTS
Before I tell you more about my experience on the Lake Titicaca Tour, here are some fun facts about Lake Titicaca Peru:
- Lake Titicaca Altitude: 3,812 meters above sea level (highest lake in the world)
- How Big Is Lake Titicaca: 8,372 km2 surface area, 191 km in length, 81 km in width
- How Deep Is Lake Titicaca: 281 meters deep
Heading out on the boat – Lake Titicaca Peru
Was too good not to go for a swim
LAKE TITICACA TOUR
On this particular Lake Titicaca Tour, the places we explored are two of the most visited islands on Lago Titicaca – Islas Flotantes (the floating islands of Uros) and Isla Taquile (Taquile Island)
My friends and I were picked up from our hotel at around 6:45am and driven down to Puno harbor to where we jumped on board our tour boat for the day.
The first leg of our Lake Titicaca Peru tour was a thirty-minute cruise out on to the lake and arriving at around 7:30am to Islas Flotantes, the famous floating islands of Uros.
These floating islands on Lake Titicaca Peru are constructed entirely from weeds that grow abundantly in the lake.
Islas Flotantes is inhabited by the indigenous people known as Uros and up to six families live on one single floating island.
When we visited, the Uros people showed us around their section of floating land, demonstrated how they make the islands by weaving the reeds and taught us a little about their culture and daily lives on the lake.
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The floating islands – Lake Titicaca Peru
Arriving at Islas Flotantes – Lake Titicaca Peru
Handmade garments – Lake Titicaca Peru
LAKE TITICACA PERU – CONTINUED
From Islas Flotanates our Lake Titicaca tour continued to Taquile Island, which took around two hours across the lake on the boat. We arrived on the north side of Taquile Island at around 11:30am and followed the steep cobblestone path to the main village square.
Taquile Island is inhabited by the Taquileños people who are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, which are regarded as the highest-quality handicrafts in Peru.
After wandering around some of the textile stores in the plaza we sat down to eat lunch in one of the restaurants. My friends and I ordered grilled fish and vegetables, sourced directly from Lake Titicaca Peru and it was absolutely mouthwatering!
We then made tracks over to the southern side of Taquile Island which lead down through local villages boasting amazing views of Lake Titicaca Peru and down to another port where the boat was waiting to pick us up.
The day was coming to an end by this stage and we made the two-hour boat cruise back to Puno, catching a beautiful sunset over Lake Titicaca Peru. Dusk had fallen by the time we had arrived in Puno and we were transferred back to our hotel.
All in all, a day tour on Lake Titicaca is a MUST and I highly recommend adding it to your Peru Itinerary!
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Arriving at Taquile Island – Puno Lake Titicaca
Drone shot of Taquile Island – Lake Titicaca Peru
A very happy cow on Isla Taquile
Sunset on Lake Titicaca Peru
Puno has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Puno to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Libertador Lago Titicaca Puno
The only 5-star hotel in Puno! The Libertador offers panoramic views over Lake Titicaca, featuring a spa, hot tub, sauna, gym and free wifi. The rooms are air-conditioned with a private bathroom, tv and minibar. An in-house restaurant serving up Andean or international cuisine and breakfast is included!
Mid Range: Tierra Viva Puno Plaza
Centrally located near Puno’s main square, the Tierra Viva Puno Plaza offers spacious rooms, stylish furnishing, private bathrooms and balconies. Perfect for couples and rated for the best value in Puno.
Budget: Puno Hostel
This 3-star hostel is perfect for backpackers on a budget. Puno Hostel has dorm rooms and private rooms available, a kitchen to do your own cooking and free bikes are available for guests to explore Puno city! This place really is bang for your buck!
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Another option for accommodation in Peru is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Peru.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR LAKE TITICACA PERU
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF LAKE TITICACA PERU
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