Where is Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake located?

Lake Titicaca is located at 3,810 metres above sea level in the Andes Mountains of South America along the border of Peru and Bolivia to the west and the east, respectively. It is the world’s highest lake navigable by large vessels. By volume of water, Lake Titicaca is the largest lake of South America.

Over 25 rivers end up in Titicaca, of which the largest is the Ramis River, which occupies about two-fifths of the entire Titicaca Basin. It enters the north-western corner of the lake. Another small river, the Desaguadero, merges with the lake at its southern end.

Before the arrival of the Incas many other cultures lived on the lake. A team of international archaeologists and divers excavated the ruins of an underwater temple in the year 2000. It is thought to be between 1,000 and 1,500 years old, most likely built by the Tiwanaku people. The ruins have been measured to be 200 by 50 metres. There was a village along with the temple and it had some roads, terraces for farming and a retaining wall, which was 800 metres.

Although the meaning of the name Titicaca is uncertain, it has been translated as Rock of the Puma or Crag of Lead.

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