Lake Titicaca was a ‘must-see’ destination on our world tour of 15 countries in 10 months. But we found there is only one way to travel from beautiful Colca Canyon to Lake Titicaca; that’s the roller-coaster road over the volcanic mountains up to 4,910 metres and down into Puna, the elegant city on the banks of this enormous lake.
The beautifully named Lake Titicaca, meaning Puma Mount, is the world’s highest navigable body of water at 12,500 feet above sea level, surrounded by mountains and famously still. It covers 1,800 sq km shared between Bolivia 40% and Peru 60%, Peru owned it all until the war in 1820. We were beginning to learn that these South America countries have had multiple ownership over the years and boundaries move with regularity, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Columbia seem to be in continual conflict over their borders. Cartographers must make a