Travelling from Peru to Bolivia presented us with one of the most picturesque border crossings on our round the world trip via Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable body of water in the world at just over 3,800 metres above sea level. Nestled high up in the Andes, many people believe this to be the birth place of the Incas, not hard to believe when you consider how tough Machu Pichu was to find. They sure do love secret hideaways, and this lake is in many ways just as mysterious as it’s more famous counterpart. On the Peruvian side you can find intriguing colonies of indigenous people living on man made reed islands, in Bolivia a rural island full of Inca ruins and agricultural communities that are yet to receive any form of transport or wifi. It’s a real back to basics trekking experience not to be missed if you’re feeling intrepid. We ventured forth to find out more.
Let me start by saying I am by no means a serious trekker. The opposite in fact, I usually have to be pushed up the last part of a summit. I do still, however, love the mountains. As a city girl I love to get into a wide open spaces with views I couldn’t imagine in my wildest dreams and I firmly believe you don’t have to be a fit sporty type to enjoy that. All my favourite places below can be enjoyed by any fitness level, you’ll see what I mean when you get there and see the South American families on days out together hiking volcanoes with grannies in tow.
Machu Pichu is on most people’s itineraries when they visit Peru, and for good reason. It’s hidden lost city built in the middle of the jungle abandoned for reasons we can only speculate, brimming with genius architectural designs that one cannot comprehend at times. Suffice to say it left me breathless, and though Peru is bursting full of wondrous and diverse places to explore, this one cannot be missed. Of course, there are several ways to experience it based on your level of fitness, preferred level of comfort, size of your wallet and love of the outdoors. It’s good to have an idea of which way is right for you before you go, or you’ll risk being flummoxed and under pressure to book when you get there. Stay cool, pick 2-3 reputable agencies to visit and haggle with and keep in mind what you really want to get out of the experience.