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Island of the Sun - Lake Titicaca
(Isla del Sol)

Island of the Sun (Isla del Sol) is an island in the southern part of Lake Titicaca. It is part of the modern Plurinational State of Bolivia. Geographically, the terrain is harsh; it is a rocky, hilly island. There are no motor vehicles or paved roads on the island. The main economic activity of the approximately 800 families on the island is farming, with fishing and tourism augmenting the subsistence economy. Of the several villages, Yumani and Cha'llapampa are the largest. There are over 80 ruins on the island. Most of these date to the Inca period circa the 15h century AD. Archaeologists have discovered evidence that people lived on the island as far back as the third millennium BCE. Many hills on the island contain agricultural terraces, which adapt steep and rocky terrain to agriculture. Among the ruins on the island are the Sacred Rock, a labyrinth-like building called Chicana, Kasa Pata, and Pilco Kaima. In the religion of the Incas, it was believed that the sun god was born here. The Aymara name for the island is Titi'kaka. It is not known what was the original meaning of this word. Some linguists and archaeologists believe the name to be a corruption of Titi (puma) and Kala (rock). In the 1612 Aymara-Spanish dictionary of Ludovico Bertonio, the phrase Tahksi kala is listed as "piedra fundamental" or "foundation stone" possibly alluding to the origin story of the Inca that the Sun and Moon were born in the lake. (Source: Wikipedia)

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Copacabana

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Copacabana embarking

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Copacabana

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Transturin Cruise

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Tourist on reed-boat

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Lake Titicaca

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Lake Titicaca

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Cordillera Real

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Sacred Fountain

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Inca Trail

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun
Manco Capac

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun
Sacred Rock - Inca Temple

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun
Sacred Rock - Inca Temple

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun
Sacred Rock - Inca Temple

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Track of the footstep of the God Sun

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun
Sacred Rock - Inca Temple

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun
Sacred Rock - Inca Temple

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun
Sacred Rock - Inca Temple

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Acllahuasi - Inca Temple

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Acllahuasi - Inca Temple

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Acllahuasi - Inca Temple

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Acllahuasi - Inca Temple

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Acllahuasi - Inca Temple

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Acllahuasi - Inca Temple

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Acllahuasi - Inca Temple

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun

Isla del Sol - Challapampa

Island of the Sun - Challapampa

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun - Challapampa

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun - Challapampa

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun - Challapampa

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun - Challapampa

ISLAND OF THE SUN

Island of the Sun - Challapampa


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