Lake Titicaca Holidays
Adventure holidays in Peru with Exodus Travels: Lake Titicaca
With a surface area of over 3000 square metres (and reputedly the highest navigable body of water in the world!) Lake Titicaca is an ocean at altitude. Its azure blue waves lap at the altiplano shores of both Peru and Bolivia and, like the ocean, it makes you feel very small.
To the Inca civilisation it was the most sacred body of water: the islands of the Sun and the Moon are central to the Inca creation myth, and the extraordinary ruins of Tihuanaco border the lake. Titicaca still provides a subsistence living for indigenous people who have lived here since those ancient times. It’s a different world out there on the lake.
Activity Holiday Highlights: Top Lake Titicaca Experiences
Hop the floating islands
As you sail into the lake you’ll see corn gold yellow dots on the turquoise blue horizon. Remarkably, these are handmade islands of reeds on which people actually live.
The Isla Flotantes are made of layers upon layers of constantly replenished reeds and islanders have lived upon them in reed houses, fishing from reed boats, for hundreds of years. While on the islands be sure to take a ride on a raft, nibble on some of the edible reeds and give respect to the Uros people, still going strong after centuries of tough living.
Meet the Uros people
It must take a tenacious temperament to escape the violence of the Incas, avoid bloody colonisation by the Spaniards and side-step modernisation by hand crafting your own island out in the deep lake waters, surviving on fish and potatoes at sub zero temperatures for centuries. This is the temperament of the Uros people. Although they have been slightly overrun by tourism, many persist with their traditional way of life, still living and dying without leaving their golden yellow island and without wanting to. Respect their achievement by bringing fruits and vegetables as gifts and give your money to responsible tour groups like Exodus who’ll share the profits with the local people.
Dance the night away on Amantani
Of the real – stationary - islands on the Lake, Amantani is one of the less visited but most hospitable. On adventure holidays to Lake Titcaca you’ll stay here in the homes of islanders, eat island food, sleep on beds woven from reeds and, if you dare, join in energetic traditional dancing. True adventure travel encounters await.