It is the world’s highest navigable lake and has an important place in Andean mythology. According to legend, Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo, the children of the Sun god and founders of the Inca Empire, emerged from its waters. It is scattered with islands such as Amantaní, Taquile, Tikonata, Suasi, Soto and Anapia (natural islands) and the Uros floating islands (artificial islands).
Location: 183 km south-east of Iquitos.
Area: 8,559 km2 and a maximum depth of 283 meters.