Copacabana

Trip Start Nov 05, 2006
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Trip End Jan 14, 2008


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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Welcome to Bolivia!  We arrived at our first stop, Copacabana to spend some time on lake Titicaca.  The lake gets it´s name from an indigenous word (Titi Khark´ha) that means "Rocks of the Puma," but the Spanish couldn´t pronounce it well so it turned into Titicaca. 

Copacabana sits on the shore of lake Titicaca at 12, 500 feet, and there is one immediately noticeable thing about this town.  Hippies.  There are more hippies here than Khousan road in Thailand.  They patrol the streets selling jewelery or just promoting their cafes.  They are super friendly (sometimes they make you dance) but why they are here, I have not yet been able to determine.  Perhaps it is the proximity to the Isle del Sol.  

We booked an afternoon tour to visit "Isle del Sol" in the middle of the lake.  The island of the sun holds the Inca legend of having had the sun emerge from it after the ice ages.  Now it is home to 2,500 residents who either farm or make their living from tourism.  You could spend a couple of days hiking the island, but for our purposes, a day is enough.  We took a quick guided hike on the South end of the island and visited some pre-Inca ruins, but mostly it was just nice to get outside. 

Next to the island of the sun is the island of the moon.  This island played home to the "chosen ones," the Inca girls destined for sacrifice.  We have gone from Machu Picchu where our guide claimed there were no human sacrifices, to visiting the frozen ice princess who was definitely sacrificed with a blow to the head, to Isle del Luna where our guide explained the sacrifice process in graphic detail, something more attune to what the movie Apocalypto showed.  Who knows what is really true?

The boat ride to and from the island was a relaxing afternoon.  The lake is beautiful and seems largely untouched by the presence of man.  We are excited about getting to La Paz though and experiencing South America beyond our Adean adventures. 

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