The Crouching Puma (by MAPG)
Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
69Trip End Feb 19, 2010
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Our fascination about Lake Titicaca began when seeing its location on the map. Situated at 4000 m, this 10,000 sq km big fresh water lake is also believed to be the birth place of the Inca civilization. The name literally means "sitting puma" and this image - although it requires an exercise of imagination - can be viewed on the northern tip of Isla del Sol. The island itself, a 10 km long rocky strip of land just two hours away from Copacabana, is a great way to discover the lake. It is home of some archaeological sites, but nothing as fascinating as the landscape on and around it
On our way back to Copacabana we stopped to visit a small community apparently living on floating islands. Don’t expect too much, as you will only encounter an old man asking for money for granting access to the island. The latter is as big as my living room. For the real thing one has to go to Puno in Peru.
This last piece of Bolivian ingenuity did not change our overall impression of the country. It is a place of extraordinary beauty and if it was not for the time constraint we would have gladly spent more time there. The people are friendly enough if you consider their wealth, and the little tricks intended to make gringos spend more are symbolic if you think in absolute figures.