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Pictures from Lake Titicaca, Laguna Verde and the Bolivian Altiplano.

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
Lake Titicaca, Bolivia.                                                                                                                           © Dany Marique


Lake Titicaca
is the sacred lake for the Inca civilization, as the Incan mythology says that the sun first emerged from Lake Titicaca. The first Inca king, Manco Capac, was born here.

The lake
is located in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia at an altitude of 3,810 m (12,500 ft). It is 177 km (
110 mi ) long. It is the highest navigable lake in the world and the second largest freshwater lake in South America (Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela is the largest one). 

 

The lake is divided into two basins by the Strait of Tiquina. The lake has several islands, including the man made Uros Islands.

Island of the Sun (Isla del Sol) is the largest island of the lake. It hosts a GoldMuseum. It has also several monuments that date back to the time prior to the colony, such as  the Pilkokaina Palace and the Chinkana (Labyrinth), the Stairway of the Inca, the Sacred Fountain of Internal Youth and the Incas Terraces. Isla del Sol is best reached from Copacabana, on the Bolivian side of the lake while TaquileIsland(Isla Taquile) lies on the Peruvian side of the lake.


Laguna Verde (green lagoon) in the Bolivian Altiplano
Laguna Verde (green lagoon) in the Bolivian Altiplano (Central Andes). © Dany Marique

The Altiplano (high plain) is the most extensive area of high plateau on earth outside of Tibet. It lies in the central Andes where they are at their widest, mainly in Western Bolivia. It occupies also parts of  Southern Peru, Northern Chile and Northern Argentina.
 


The Bolivian Altiplano include Lake Titicaca (on the border with Peru), the National Andean Fauna Reserve Eduardo Avaroa, and the Salar of Uyuni. It consists mainly of
multicoloured deserts, snow capped volcanoes and lakes of all colours, some of them (e.g. Laguna Colorada) with Flamingos.

 

The Green Lagoon (Laguna Verde), the Red lagoon (Laguna Colorada), the Stone Tree (arbol de piedra), the Therms of Laguna Salada, the Dali Valley, and the Morning Sunlight (Sol de Mañana) are the main natural attractions of the National Andean Fauna Reserve Eduardo Avaroa.

Laguna Verde (17km²) is situated 4,500 metres above sea level, near the Volcano Licancabur at a stone's throw from the Bolivia-Chile border. It contains minerals that give it a greenish colour and prevent its shallow waters from freezing.


Amazing Rock in the Bolivian Altiplano (Andes)
Amazing Rock in the Bolivian Altiplano (Central Andes). © Dany Marique


 

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