Excursions to Copacabana, Lake Titicaca and Isla del Sol

Remind yourself that your entire life is a gift full of chances, and unexpected prizes. Though the sun does not shine on us everyday, we are afforded the opportunity again and again to make the very best of what we’ve been given. Your natural gifts and talents are enough to complete your life, by contributing to the universe and to others doing what brings you joy. In this outreach, the universe then delivers back to you what will make you the most happy. We get a healing when we give a healing. We receive joy when we give joy. To give = to receive. Let the Light of the season illuminate the path in front of you, and brace yourself for your bounty ♥

An island named after the entity  which provides warmth and life to everything on our planet is anticipated to be  pretty amazing. With a large role in ancient mythology, some small Inca ruins, nice treks and a postcard setting in the world’s highest navigable lake, Isla del Sol definitely delivers.Ander and I met early in the morning to head down to the dock and catch the two hour ferry from Copacabana. Before I knew it I had my toes in the sand of the beautiful beaches at the northern port of Cha’llapampa.

We had a limited time to make it from one end of the island to the other before I had to catch the ferry back to the mainland at 1:30pm. So we set off on a four-hour hike across the length of the island. So many incredible views and fascinating glimpses into an ancient culture.

We came across an ancient Incan Ceremonial Table, and a labyrinthine temple called Chincana on northern tip of the island. The temple wasn’t the biggest I’ve seen, but it had fun, tiny passages twisting through stone entrance ways into other rooms.  We didn’t get the history of what the temple’s purpose was, but it was fun to explore.

Heading south, we climbed to the island’s highest point. Passing by several locals selling pottery, hats and trinkets. There was also your occasional traveler’s “toll booth”  some of them were legit, others were locals telling you had to pay a small fee to walk down certain paths. We stopped for a quick bite to eat and I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a better view. The breeze was perfect, the snow capped mountains in the distance framed the deep blue water of Lake Titicaca, sparkling under the sun, stretching on as far as the eye could see.  Pictures do not do it justice.Although the hike had taken a little longer than expected, it was a magical place and I thoroughly enjoyed it…. I even had plenty of energy when arriving at the southern port of Yumani! Ander and I said our goodbyes and I set off across the open water with fingers crossed to find a bus heading to Cusco the same day.

I ran to the first bus tour booth I could find. Success!  I was able to book a trip that was leaving within the hour. Next stop, 13 hours to Cusco…then Machu Picchu!! 🙂

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. calig143
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 17:12:56

    What a beautiful outlook on life. Wow. I’m feeling inspired and full of an unexplained, hopeful and energetic emotion. I am so happy my path brought me to your blog. Thank you!


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