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Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca (Part-Three Of A Three-Part Series)   Leave a comment

BoliviaPuerto Yuman

BoliviaPuerto Yuman

BoliviaBefore returning to Copacabana, we boarded our boat for a short ride to Puerto Yuman
where one of the island’s many ruins, a staircase up to the village of Yumani.

BoliviaAncient stairway with statues of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, the world’s first two Incas.

The Incas built 200 steps to aid in the climb to the top of the island.
The stairway also leads to a scared fountain said to be a fountain of youth.

BoliviaTy, Michael and Matt — Images by kenne

Because of our limited time and no transportation allowed on the island,
we missed out hiking the island trails and visiting
most of the ancient ruins and beautiful views from the top of the island.

— kenne

 

Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca (Part-Two Of A Three-Part Series)   Leave a comment

BoliviaMichael is pointing to where most of the hotels and restaurants are on the Isla del Sol.
We docked for lunch in a cove just west of there.

BoliviaThe captain’s daughter helps tie the boat to the dock.

BoliviaLake Titicaca has 41 islands, some of which are densely populated.

Isla del Sol-23-72.jpgLunch on a deck overlooking Lake Titicaca.

BoliviaLunch On The Isla del Sol

BoliviaLunch On The Isla del Sol

Lunch On The Isla del Sol

BoliviaView of Lake Titicaca — Images by kenne

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca (Part-One Of A Three-Part Series)   Leave a comment

BoliviaIsla del Sol, Lake Titicaca Sunset — Photo-Artistry by kenne

In the fifteenth century, the Incas invaded the island taking control of its people at the time. Like a lot of conquerors, they created a story of Incan lore. Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun) is both the birthplace of their revered Sun God and the world’s first two Incas; Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo (the Adam and Eve of the Andes) in an attempt to not only justify their reign, but to identify themselves with the pre-existing Tiwanaku civilization whom they considered to be a great source of religious and ideological identity. This image is my attempt to capture the spirit of the Incan lore. 

Isla del Sol-3-72.jpgWalking to the boat dock.

The only way to get to Isla del Sol is via the glimmering waters of Lake Titicaca. Michael had arranged for a boat (a captain and his daughter) to take us to lunch in the Comunidad Yumani on the south side of the Isla del Sol.

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Because of an ongoing dispute between two local communities (Comunidades Challapama and Challa) has seen the north side of the island become off-limits to foreign and domestic tourists since February 2017. The bitter feud began when the Challa community, who live roughly in the center of the island, built a series of guesthouses near a northern Inca ruin to try and earn a slice of the tourism pie. The Challapama believed the new buildings broke one of Bolivia’s laws, which relate to construction work within a certain distance of sacred sites. After an unsuccessful attempt to appeal through bureaucratic means, the folks of Challapampa decided to resolve the matter vigilante-style by blowing the guesthouses to smithereens with a dose of dynamite. The stand-off remains.

Isla del Sol-7-72.jpgLeaving Copacabana

Isla del Sol-5-72.jpgTom, Ty and Michael

On the boat ride, we spent most of the time drinking Singani and Altbier and resulting in drinking conversations.

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The terrace landscape reflects the Inca influence on the Lake Titicaca agriculture.

BoliviaImages and Video by kenne (This Is Part-One of a Three-Part Series on Isla del Sol)

— kenne

 

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