Day 45-46, Peru: Lake Titicaca & origins of Incas
Trip Start May 31, 2010
32Trip End Aug 26, 2010
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According to Incan mythology, Manco Capac and Mama 0cllo, also known as Mama Huaca, emerged from the depths of Lake Titicacaon the sacred rock gate on Isla Del Sol to found the Inca Empire. The entire lake was a holy place.
According to legend, when the Spanish forces reached Cuzco, the Incas took the two-ton gold chain of Inca Huascar from the temple at Koricancha and threw it into the lake. It has never been found although some years ago Jacques Cousteau mounted an expedition to explore the lake with a mini-submarine.
I visted 3 islands in Lake Titicaca: Uros, Amantani & Taquile. People living in these islands have still kept their customs and traditions. I slept at a local family house in Amantani. Very nice lady who prepared local food (quinoa soup and potatoes) and who lent me local clothes to attend the fiesta in the island! The island is pollution-free and it has been so long since I saw a sky with so many stars! But that night was very cold and I had to sleep again with a couple of blankets.