Thursday, May 25, 2017

LAKE TITICACA HIGHLIGHTS

 

LAKE TITICACA
Emerging from blue sapphire waters and surrounded by the Royal Range of the Andes, the “Sacred Lake of the Incas” has been always one of the most important life sources of the Andes, impelling the development of many ancestral cultures. A most fantastic experience is to meet authentic cultures living as they did thousand of years ago, close to Mother Nature, without challenging or hurting her; to walk in the solitude of the islands; to enjoy the hospitality of our natives and to learn from their traditional life. The Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca is a joy for everybody who explores its sacred waters and its hidden treasures.

 

SUN ISLAND
According to the Andes cultures mythology, the Sun God Viracocha sent his son and daughter down to earth on Sun Island, Manco Kapac and Mama Ojllo, to found the Inca Empire. Feel the magic of the island, by tasting the water of the Sacred Fountain, which it is believed to grant eternal youth and happiness. To enjoy the serenity of the island by night, as well as the pastoral panoramas, we have restored the old Colonial Hacienda into the “Posada del Inca Eco-Lodge”, on the top of Sun Island. Also the Uma Kollu Restaurant, offers a breathtaking view of the Lake and the Royal Range on the Andes.
The Chinkana Ruins on the northern side of Sun Island are a striking set of semi-subterranean labyrinth where it is very easy to get lost. It is believed that these constructions were used by priests guarding the sacred site. To visit the Chinkana is a most fabulous experience, since it is the most impressive archaeological monument of the island.

 

MOON ISLAND
On this mystical Island are the ruins of the Iñak Uyu, Sun Virgins’ Temple. At this place, the most beautiful maiden of the Incas where chosen to become the wives of the Inca nobles. The Virgins of the Sun were responsible of maintaining an eternal fire in devotion to their Inca God, “Viracocha”.

 

COPACABANA
Enjoy the visit to the Cathedral and the “Dark Virgin” of Copacabana and to the local artisans market. Copacabana is a picturesque village on the Lake and the most important religious shrine in Bolivia.

 

URUS IRUITOS FLOATING ISLANDS & QUEWAYA SUSTAINABLE PROJECT
The Urus Iruitos, a pre Aymara Nation, (5.000 BC), were submitted to the Aymaras and the Incas, at the present they are about to disappear. There are only 32 surviving families on the shores of Desaguadero River, connecting with Lake Titicaca. In order to improve their quality of life, as well as preserve their identity, three of these families moved to Quewaya to live on their “Floating Islands” as they did thousands of years ago. We have included them in our social projects, creating the “Quewaya Sustainable Tourism Project”, including Green Houses which produce fresh vegetables for our hotels.

 

KALAUTA ISLAND
This stone village on this island is the largest necropolis on Lake Titicaca, with mortuary towers of two and three floors. Experience an Aptapi, a shared native picnic with indigenous of the community.

 

PARITI ISLAND
Scientists have confirmed that the Aymara Empire, which governed the Andes for over a thousand years (850 BC-1050 AD), have chosen this island for important and transcendental meetings. This is proven because of the high artistic quality of over 100 ceramics found on Pariti Island.