What Is the Largest Lake In South America and Where Is the Highest Navigable Lake In the World?

Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo, which covers 5,217 square miles (13,512 sq km), is the largest lake in South America.

Lake Maracaibo is a brackish lake, and is one of the oldest lakes on Earth.

Lake Maracaibo is a major shipping route to the ports of Maracaibo and Cabimas, and is a major profit center for Venezuela.

Lake Titicaca, on the border of Peru and Bolivia, is the highest navigable lake in the world.

Perched in the Andes, the lake’s elevation is 12,507 feet (812 m).

Lake Titicaca has experienced constantly receding water levels, which is caused by shortened raining seasons in the region.

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