Lake Titicaca, La Paz
This lake is located in the Department of La Paz, at three hours by bus from the capital city of the same name. It is 283 meters deep and has a total extension of 176 Km. in length by 70 Km. in width.
The Titicaca Lake is the highest-navigable lake in the world. It has an average height of 3,810 meters above the sea level. A portion of the lake belongs to Bolivia and the other one to Peru. It is divided into two major basins, named "Lago Mayor del Titicaca" (Major Lake of the Titicaca) and "Lago Menor del Titicaca" (Minor Lake of the Titicaca).
The Major Lake or Chuchito Lake, has bluish-sweet waters and it is surrounded by beautiful scenery filled with mountains and snowy peaks, which remain covered with snow because of the intense cold in the mountain range region. The islands, which are splattered with archaeological remains, provide tangible proof of the domain that Aymara civilizations have had over this area.
The Minor Lake or Winay Marka Lake, has an incredible and panoramic view of the Royal Mountain Range (Cordillera Real). This view provides visitors a look at some tiny islands. These are still populated by the Aymara, most of whom live from fishing. The entire coast of the lake is connected to several natural areas that have "totorales" (patches of bulrush), which are also home to different species of birds such as ducks.
In the area that surround the Minor Lake; the culture of Tiwanaku reached a great deal of development.
The Titicaca Lake, also known as "The Sacred Lake of the Incas", is a great tourist attraction for nature lovers, a perfect place to enjoy a spectacular view of the snowy hills of the mountain range that contrast with the blue waters of the lake.
The Titicaca Lake is a perfect place to enjoy nature. The most typical species of fish include the following: suches (Suchy - Quechua Word, given to a species of fish native of the Titicaca Lake) carachis, bogas (Boga - Scientific Name: Sparus box, a small type of blue fish with golden stripes and very thin teeth), umantos, and ispis (Small type of fish with very thin body) and certain species of birds, such as: wallatas or wild geese.
Throughout the region there is the predominant presence of the Aymara, who have kept their own traditional forms of life and cultural values that date back to the time of their ancestors.
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