Travel guide to Lake Titicaca

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Facts

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Local name
Lake Titicaca

Travel preparation

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Best time to visit

Lake Titicaca is accessible all year round, but the most pleasant time to go there is between February and November. This time of year the climate is very agreeable, and there is virtually no rainfall unlike December and January. As the lake is 3800 metres above the sea the nights can get pretty cold.

Local conditions

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Time zone

Bolivia is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time and has no daylight savings. This means that when it is noon in the summertime in the UK it is 7 am at Lake Titicaca, and when it is noon during the UK winter it is 8 am at Lake Titicaca.

Culture and entertainment

Every year the city of Copacabana at Lake Titicaca is host to three major festivals. The biggest one lasts for about a week around the Day of Independence in the first week of August. Another festival is the Fiesta de la Virgen de Copacabana. This festival attracts Indians and dancers from both Peru and Bolivia, who come to perform the traditional Aymara dances. Finally there are the festivities on Ash Friday when the city fills up with pilgrims who gather to march in a giant torch-lit procession at midnight.

Accommodation / Hotel

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The city of Copacabana has a fair number of accommodation facilities for its size, ranging from really cheap hostels to comfortable, more expensive hotels; you won't find the big first class hotels here, though. The city is reputed to be one of the cheapest places to stay in Bolivia, but this is not the case during the festivals, when the inns fill up quickly, and the prices triple. Isla del Sol now has a couple of hostels, so tourists can stay the night. Book your hotel in Lake Titicaca here

Local transport

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Other transport

Busses of reasonable standard connect the towns around Lake Titicaca, and most of the routes are reasonably priced.
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