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Monday, October 17, 2022

South America : Day 5 : Lake Titicaca and Sun Island…

Today we headed out of La Paz travelling across Altiplano once again but this time we ended up on an island in the middle of the highest navigable lake in the world.

The lake was Lake Titicaca. The island was Sun Island.

To get to the island we took a white-knuckle 16-seater hydrofoil ride. Deep-blue and icy-cold Lake Titicaca played a vital role in the myths and legends of the ancient Inca and Aymara cultures. Still today it is believed to be sacred to the indigenous people that live and work around its shores. Legend has it that it was from its waters that the sun god commanded his children Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo to rise, and they then created the Inca Empire.

We stopped off in Copacabana (Narc owned) en route to check out a Franciscan church, the Bolivian Navy (sic) and the local market before completing our voyage to Sun Island.

Once on the island we climbed up, up, up the steep track for 45 mins to reach our hotel stopping only to catch our breath, admire the alpaca, take in the  'Pilcocaina' Sun Temple, and to admire the views.

A delicious lunch was waiting for us and we rested a bit before promising ourselves a climb to the top of the island later to watch the sunset.

A brilliant day. Stunning scenery. 

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