When thinking of world famous lakes to visit for an action-packed adventure holiday, certainly places like the great lakes of Canada, Peru or Nepal come to mind. In this post we share six world famous lakes with you, some well known and some a little less. How about Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Peru’s Lake Titicaca with its cultural interest, or Myanmar’s Inle Lake and the one-legged rowers? The world hides some other less obvious lakes that are well worth a visit. Ever thought of taking a holiday to see Lake Victoria (from Victoria Falls)? Lake Sevan in Armenia? Or Nepal’s stunning Gokyo Lakes that you can only reach by hiking remote trails?
Canada: Lake Louise
©Banff Lake Louise Tourism
Lake Louise is the serene turquoise lake that you know from images of Canada’s national parks of Banff and Jasper. Surrounded by limestone mountains and alpine trees, it is one for the bucket list. Experience the lake on a comfort hiking trip in the majesty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
There is a selection of trips that take in Lake Louise and depart several times of year.
Nepal: Gokyo Lakes
Be one of the few people to admire the sublime Gokyo Lakes in Nepal’s Himalayas. Take a spectacular high altitude trek to the Gokyo Lakes with a crossing of the Renjo La into the Thame Valley and get unparalleled views of Mount Everest. Or make a traverse from the Gokyo Lakes to Kala Pattar via Everest Base Camp, Namche Bazaar, and Thyangboche Monastery.
Peru: Lake Titicaca
Cross the vast high altiplano on a remote journey to the shores of Lake Titicaca. The lake is on the border between Peru and Bolivia and said to be the birthplace of the Incas. Around the lake, visit the floating reed islands of the intriguing Uros Indians, spot rare wildlife and learn more about the farmers of the lake. Combine Lake Titicaca with a visit to the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu and the city of Cusco.
Note that if Inca Trail permits are sold out, you can do an alternative trek to Machu Picchu (avoiding the classic route that is known as the Inca Trail).
Myanmar (Burma): Inle Lake
Close to the Shan mountain range town of Kalaw lies Myanmar’s largest freshwater lake: Inle Lake. It is most known for the one-leg rowers that you can find scattered on the lake on their fishing trips. But there is more to this large water. Explore around bustling local markets, float along stilted villages and floating gardens of the Intha people and soak up breath-taking views.
Uganda, Kenya & Tanzania: Lake Victoria
Discover the stunning, scenic geography and wildlife of East Africa on one of these active and adventurous safaris. In Tanzania, spend a night on the shores of Africa’s largest lake: Lake Victoria. To quote the great explorer John Hanning Speke, after whom the stunning place of our campsite is named, “…during the sunsets, and they can be astonishing at times, both sky and lake glow together in a magnificent explosion of theatrical light.” That’s quite a call coming from someone as well travelled as he, so have your camera charged and ready to fire! Over on the other side of Lake Victoria, you can take a trip to watch birdlife in Uganda.
Armenia: Lake Sevan
Armenia was once one of the most powerful empires in Asia and Lake Sevan is a highlight on our trips to Armenia. Travel for example with renowned photographer Richard I’Anson (who contributes to many Lonely Planet guidebooks) to journey Iran, Armenia and Georgia. Or take an adventure touring holiday from Iran to Tblisi via Armenia.
The unique departure of the 18-day Iran, Armenia & Georgia with Richard I’Anson trip is on 22 May 2017 and has limited availability >>
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