After a week in Peru, we headed over to Bolivia
Outside the Copacabana Cathedral, there were decorated vehicles. When someone in Bolivia buys a vehicle they take it to the cathedral, decorate it, and await the priest to bless it.
Every city tour featured visits to huge cathedrals dating back to the 1600s. The Copacabana Cathedral was dedicated to the Copacabana Virgin, who was credited with saving the city from a flood.
Since Lake Titicaca is as big as Lake Superior, we spent a lot of travel by boat. Here is a hydrofoil that we took when visiting Moon Island and Sun Island.
On Moon Island, we visited the Virgin Temple, where young Inca virgins lived until their time of sacrifice.
When we arrived at Sun Island, where we were to spend two nights, the climb to the top of the hill was so steep and the altitude so high, that the hotel sent a medical aid to follow the tourists up the hill with an oxygen tank, in case it was needed.
The hotel was an eco-lodge. It used solar power and most of the furniture was locally made.
At the base of Sun Island is the spring where all the island inhabitants must come to draw water. This water is considered a fountain of youth.
Laundry day on Sun Island
Lunch on Sun Island was served at a scenic restaurant overlooking Lake Titicaca
Suzanna on a boat to the backside of Sun Island to see the Chincana Ruins
Richard and our guide Guido on the climb to the Chincana Ruins
View of Lake Titicaca from the Chincana Ruins. It is hard to imagine that it is over 13,000’ above sea level and not looking down on a Hawaiian beach.
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