I Can Swim Faster Than This

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Our second day in Copacabana saw us up early boarding a boat for Isle de Sol (Island of the Sun). The sneaky tour lady told us there was only one boat going that day so we booked and paid to ensure a place. In actual fact there were lots of boats all with the same "Titicaca" name and all powered by a measly two outboard motors, which ensured a very slow and smoky ride.

Finally arriving we paid our entrance fee and began our trek across to the northern end where the ruins of Chincana are located and the infamous Rock of the Puma. The rock, in Inca mythology, is supposedly the birthplace of the sun and the place where the bearded white god Viracocha and the first Incas, Manco Capac and his sister-wife Mama Huaca made their appearance. A little creative interpretation is required to visualise the puma but Rick swears he could see it (either he could or he was still suffering from altitude sickness). Megan not so much, but she was a little distracted by the disrespectful tourists laying down on the Mesa Ceremonica (ceremonial stone table) for a photo. Some people just have no idea!

After checking out the ruins we continued on our three hour trek across the windswept island, taking in great views from the ridge that stretches across the top. Eventually after much huffing and puffing (still acclimatising to the altitude) we reached the zig-zagging Escalera del Inca (Inca Stairway) which marked the end and happily boarded the slow boat to China for the return trip back.
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