Peru Lakes

Peru's lakes range from tiny pools found deep in the jungle, to great expanses of water at the base of high mountains. The largest of all is the magnificent Lake Titicaca. This big, blue, and beautiful body of water in southern Peru is one of the countries greatest natural treasures and one of the largest, deepest lakes found at altitude anywhere in the world.

Puno Peru
Puno

High Plains

Puno itself sits at an elevation of 12,556 ft and the altitude can really take some getting used to. Thankfully, there are plenty of comfortable hotels, cafes, bars, and restaurants to relax in, before taking an adventure onto the lake.

One of the joys of a trip to Puno is meeting the people who call the lake home, on various islands spread across the water. As well as day trips, you can organize a homestay with a local family.

Huaraz Peru
Huaraz

Central Highlands

The most famous of the Huaraz lake treks is Laguna 69, but there are so many more options for shorter, longer, easier, and more difficult walks. Laguna Churup is a good day hike and the many azure lakes of the Santa Cruz trek can be seen over 3-4 days. The Pastoruri Glacier is another must-see; go before it starts to shrink too much!