Lake Titicaca is situated high up in the Andes Mountain Range, spread between Bolivia and Peru. It is among the highest lakes in the world at 4000 metres above sea level. It is believed in the Andes that this lake is the birthplace of the sun. Their islands are renowned all over the world for their beauty.
It is a mountain lake that is fed by no less than 27 inflowing rivers. It has a surface area of 3,232 square miles - amazingly huge and must be an awesome sight to behold! It is 118 miles long and 50 miles wide. It is really hard to imagine a lake that big isn't it?
It is composed of two almost completely separate sub-basins that are connected by the Strait of Tiquina.es:Usuario:Haylli, based on map from https://www.aquarius.geomar.de [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The Lake is fed by rainwater and also meltwater from glaciers on the Sierras. There are five major river systems that feed into the lake. They are:
Believe it or not, around about the year 2000, an ancient temple was discovered beneath the Lake. The temple is thought to be some 1,000 - 1,500 years old which pre-dates the Incas.
The Incas regarded the Lake as the birthplace of their civilisation, and according to legend, the Children of The Sun emerged out of the waters.
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