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Bolivia

Where the sun and moon were born

Loving Bolivia, where lunacy still roams


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We had already caught a glimpse of Lake Titicaca on our way to Sorata, but now we have seen it much better. I’ve always wanted to see Lake Titicaca and now that I’m here I just can’t believe it. The lake is huge like an ocean and blue like the sky and beautiful like a dream.

Well it seems like we’ve been to many ”the biggest or highest something in the world”, and this place is no exception: Lake Titicaca is the largest high altitude (3810m) body of water in the world and the largest freshwater lake in South America. The lake has always been a very important place for the indigenous Aymara people and has played a significant role in the Andean religion. The lake is believed to be a powerful female goddess that controls the local climate.

Already before the Incas came there, Isla del Sol, the sun island that is located in the lake, was a religious shrine where offerings to gods were made. The Incas again believed that their creator god rose from the lake and created the sun and the moon from a rock on the island. Isla del Sol has been one of the most important religious places in the Andean world and the Inca dynasty was believed to have been created there. Once upon a time it was covered with shrines and temples that people from all over made pilgrimages to, but when the Spanish came, they destroyed (as usual) much of them by tearing them down and building churches with the stones on the mainland instead. Nevertheless, the island is still beautiful and some of the remains from the Inca Empire can still be seen. We spent a whole day there walking around and marvelling at the beautiful scenery and the interesting archaeological sites. The snowy peaks of the Andes that could be seen in the distance added to the stunning views of that remarkable place.

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Beach on Isla del Sol

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Offerings table on Isla del Sol

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The stone from where the sun and the moon were created

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We also spent a couple of nights on the mainland in the town of Copacabana, which is a cute little place just on the shore of Titicaca. There we ate some great fish caught from the lake and enjoyed some really good live electro jazz in one of the bars. This was the perfect place to end our adventures in lovely Bolivia.

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Copacabana

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