Isla Del Sol, part two
Trip Start Feb 02, 2013
41Trip End Mar 25, 2013
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The first ruin is described as a meditation retreat for the priests. It is quite like a maze but has never had a roof. Open to the skies with views to the Lake, snow capped mountains on the horizon, blue skies and lush green vegetation. It is a good place to sit and be still and appreciate my surroundings. So I did.
We rounded a corner in the beautifully paved path we were following to see a rather large table surrounded by rock seats. The local ( apprentice) shaman was ere to bestow on us a blessing from the local Gods, all to do with the environment. We were identified by our country of origin, and as the ceremony was conducted in the local dialect, one of the few words I understood was when he said Australian. He blessed all manner of little items, I later found were made of sugar candy, to bestow on us our hearts' desires. If the requests were suitable and acceptable to the Mother Lake, when he burnt these offerings, they would immediately incinerate. If any of the requests were unacceptable, the fire would go out. Well, our fire burned hot and fast, so, good times ahead, people!
Our next ruin was unusual as there was actually roofs of stone on many of the rooms. Don't even get me started on the How Did They Do That questions....
Bolivia lays claim to the earliest Inka King. Manco Kapac was his name and he founded the empire on Isla Del Sol. It's name translates to Sun Island and from the meditation site you look out onto Moon Island.
The whole island is a magical place where backpackers can camp on the beach for minimal costs and at this time of year it is idyllic. Wouldn't want to be in a tent when the temp drops down to minus 30 in winter though.