Untold Facts about Lake Titicaca

Untold Facts about Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca has owned the title of the highest navigable lake in the world. Other than this, the most popular attraction in South America i.e., Titicaca Lake is one of the second largest lakes in South America. The age of Lake Titicaca is speculated to be touching millions of years. The special idiosyncrasy of the Lake is its deep blue colour which seems to a perfect combination with the sky.

The natural wonder has awe-inspiring landscapes full of snow-capped mountains which give you the feeling that you are in the sky. Well, this stunning Lake Titicaca can be reached from both the shores of Peru and Bolivia.

It would be great if you visit the lake in the beautiful city of Puno, as you would get an incredible diversity of tours around several islands. Here, in this article, with complete research, we have come up with all the details regarding the wonderful Titicaca Lake. Here are some untold Facts about Lake Titicaca.

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Where is Lake Titicaca? 

Lake Titicaca is located right between the borders of Bolivia to the east and Peru to the west end. In reality, Titicaca Lake functions as a natural border between the two countries.

The Peruvian side of the lake is situated in the Puno department, in Puno and Huancane provinces. Titicaca Lake fabricates between Andean ranges in a broad basin (around 22,400 square miles or 58000 square km in area) that entails the majority of the Altiplano i.e., a high plateau of the northern Andes.

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What does Titicaca Mean? 

Titicaca is a combination of two words. The first Titi, in the old Quechua language, refers to “Puma”, while the second word Kaka can be analysed in the Quechua language as “Mountain” or “Rock” and Aymara as “Gray”. So, the word Titicaca simply refers to “the mountain of the puma” or “stone puts” or “rock puma”. Also, it can be deciphered as “Crag of Lead”.

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How Large is Lake Titicaca? 

Lake Titicaca encircles some 8200 Square km or 3200 square miles. The lake stretches out from northwest to southeast direction for an extent of 190 km or 120 miles. It is 80 km (or 50 miles) across its broadest level.

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How high is Lake Titicaca? 

Lake Titicaca has a surface elevation of 12507 ft. or 3812 metres above sea level in the Andean Altiplano. It is one of the highest navigable lakes in the world.

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How deep is Lake Titicaca?

Lake Titicaca has an average depth of 351 ft. or 107 m. The bottom inclines snappily towards the Bolivian waterfront attaining an utmost depth of 922 ft. or 281 m.

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How Many Rivers Empty into Lake Titicaca?

There are more than 25 rivers that drain their waters into Lake Titicaca. The largest river, the Ramis, evacuates nearly two-fifths of the whole Lake Titicaca inlet and immigrated to the north-western corner of Titicaca Lake. 

Another tiny river, the Desaguadero, vacate its water into Titicaca Lake on its southern side. This individual outlet removes only five per cent of the lake’s extra water. The left water is mislaid in the process of evaporation under the robust winds of arid Altiplano and the ferocious sun.

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Winding Up: 

Lake Titicaca is one of the most popular and well-known destinations in South America. There are various beautiful and unique islands present where Lake Titicaca nestles, mainly on the Peruvian end of the lake.

The Bolivian end of Lake Titicaca has a lot to offer to its tourists. The main city on the shores of the lake from the Bolivian end is Copacabana. The perfectly charming little town has a large white church, famous restaurants, paddle boats on the lake, and much more.

So, altogether this place is a magnificent and mysterious destination with treasures of natural wonders on varied islands located in Lake Titicaca.  We hope that you found these Facts about Lake Titicaca helpful.

Join us on one of these tours to visit the the islands on Lake Titicaca. We are a top rated Lake Titicaca Tour Operators on Tripadvisor.

  1. Uros Floating Island half day tour.
  2. Uros and Taquile Island full day tour.
  3. Uros, Amantani and Taquile two day tour.

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