Here'a video of Lake Titicaca, shot during our 14 'Jaguar' trip (the 'Jaguar' is now only 10 days, and no longer incorporates Lake Titicaca). However, our travel gurus are experts at putting together combination trips, so chat with us about combining more than one adventure.
Lake Titicaca was the most sacred body of water to the ancient Incas. It is believed the Sun God ordered the first Inca to rise from its waters to form the Inca Empire, and according to mythology the place where the world was created from.
Today, at 12,530 feet (over 3800 metres above sea level), it is the world's highest navigable lake. Separating Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the centre of a region where thousands of subsistence farmers make a living fishing its icy waters, growing potatoes in the rocky land at its edge and herding llama and alpaca at altitudes that leave travelers gasping for air. There are still traces of the Spanish conquistadors' aggressive campaign to erase Inca and Pre-Inca cultures and, in recent times, the lure of modernization beginning to touch its shores.
Lake Titicaca has a surface area exceeding 3,100 square miles, not counting its more than 30 islands, and is so large that it has waves. It is easily accessible from the quaint town of Puno, Peru or Challapampa from the Bolivian side. Top attractions on Lake Titicaca include Uros Islands or "Floating Islands" built of reeds, Taquile Island, the biggest island Isla Sol, Puno, and Amantani Island. If you're keen to see Lake Titicaca, and stay with a local Quechua Family, then check out our 'Chinchilla' trip.
Visit Lake Titicaca and stay on Amantani Island on the following Peru trips:
The ‘Chinchilla’ is an adventure packed with cultural richness. The vivid colours of the traditional Andean costumes are in stark contrast to the muted highlands, where Peruvian and Bolivian communities etch their existence. Make no mistakes though, these are among some of the most content people you’ll meet, happy in their way of life largely unspoilt by first world influence.
On this trip you’ll tick off the world’s highest navigable lake, the higest city and the largest salt flat. In true 'Active’ style you’ll experience it all with a mixture of hikes, a stint on the bike and of course, with a kayak paddle in hand. We’ve designed the ‘Chinchilla’ to work in seemlessly with our other Peru adventures, so chat to us if you’re interested in a combination trip option.
For a great way to see Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle as well, combine this trip with our Ultimate Peru Adventure 'Jaguar' - chat to our team to learn how!
Bring the whole family to explore Peru, see amazing sights and embark on a kid-friendly adventure of a lifetime (travellers without kids are welcome too). Peru is a vibrant, family-friendly destination and you’ll find children of all ages – yes, even teenagers – will love exploring everything this country has to offer. On the ‘Capybara’, you’ll venture deep into the Amazon rainforest, see an awesome array of wildlife, visit the lost city of Machu Picchu and sea kayak across Lake Titicaca to stay with a local family on Amantani Island. Not only will everyone enjoy this adventure, it’s also a chance for your children and teenagers to immerse themselves in a different culture and way of life. We’ve chosen locally-run, comfortable accommodations for this trip and we take care of all the logistics behind planning your trip, including meals, so all you have to do is show up, have fun and start building memories!
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Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.
With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.
It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.