Lake Titicaca

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Lake Titicaca is the largest freshwater lake in South America and the highest of the world’s large lakes. The lake is one of less than twenty ancient lakes on earth and is thought to be there million years old. It sits 3,810 meters above sea level and is situated between Peru to the west and Bolivia to the east. Since ancient times, the lake has been considered a sacred living spirit and it is the object of profound spiritual significance still today. The area around the lake is home to sites of archaeological or natural interest such as Sillustani, Cutimbo, Molloco, Pukara, and Altarani. The highlands of the lake are home to small farms that produce mainly potatoes, fava beans, and Andean grains such as quinoa and amaranth. The local farmers also raise herds of sheep, llamas, and alpacas.