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The Mysterious Lake Titicaca

 


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The lake Titicaca is located in the Andean highlands on the border between Peru and Bolivia. The area covers about 9000 square kilometers and lies about 3800 meters above sea level. Its maximum depth is estimated to be approximately 460 meters, unusual for a lake. The lake now is a very small portion of what was once a vast sea.

At least two civilizations that managed to reach the degree of empires belonged here: the Tiwanaku civilization and the well-known civilization of the Incas. Two highly religious civilizations, but at the same time very advanced ones. What's interesting is that in the mythology of the two presents the genesis with their leaders emerging from the waters of Lake Titicaca. This is the reason that Lake Titicaca is considered a sacred lake.

There are many legends about the lake. They say that under the surface there are cities abundant in gold and silver, but still people were not able to find them. They say that in its waters live mermaids singing sweet and deadly.

Lake Titicaca is today a very strange area, that is populated by friendly people. You will find here the Uros Islands (or the Floating Islands), but also the town of Puno.

The lake is situated on a very mountainous region. It is truly unique, western people will find this place simple yet very mystique. You can get accommodations for $3 a night. You can also see the traditional dances of the people that live their life on the lake, as people on some islands dance every night in the open.

For more information about the lake visit http://laketiticaca.org/

And for pictures visit http://laketiticaca.org/Photos.html

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