Isla del Sol Travel Guide

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    a bolivian

    by chancay Updated Jun 16, 2003

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    the lago Titicaca seems to be a wonderful beach resort, unfortunately is the water absolutely to cold. But the lake is also a place for divers searching for gold although the coircunstances to dive here shall be very special as well.....it´s said that there are big gold treasures deep in the lake.

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    a view over the island and the lake

    by chancay Updated Jun 16, 2003

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    There is not much alive on this island, few vegetation, only some Llamas...but there is sooo much history to live, to see, to feel. inca culture and other precolumbian culture.

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    una llama en la Isla de Sol

    by chancay Updated Nov 21, 2003

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    Favorite thing: I didn´t make that typical Llama experience, no Llama did spit me or did spit anyone.....think we understood each other too good......:-)

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    walking on the island

    by chancay Updated Jun 16, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Isla del Sol, measuring only 5 1/2 miles (9km) long by 3 3/4 miles (6km) wide, is one of the most spectacular places in all of Bolivia. There are daily tours by boat to the island to the south end from where you can take a walk to the famous inca ruins at the north end.

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    at the north end of the island

    by chancay Updated Jun 16, 2003

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    Favorite thing: On the north end are Challapampa and some fascinating Inca ruins. Yumani, on the south end, is the largest town on the island and also the site of the Inca steps.

    A visit to Challapampa is the highlight of the Sun Island. Here are the ruins of Chinkana (labyrinth). It's a huge stone complex full of mazes, believed to be a seminary for Inca priests. The construction is actually a bit sloppy, which is very uncharacteristic of the Incas; some archaeologists theorize that the Incas must have been in a rush when they built it. A natural spring here runs under the island and appears again in a sacred stone fountain in Yumani. On the path back to the town of Challapampa, about 90 yards (100m) from Chinkana, you will pass by the sacred rock, carved in the shape of a puma. As you continue along this path toward Challapampa, look down: You will soon see two very large footprints, said to have been created when the Sun dropped down to earth to give birth to Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, the Adam and Eve of the Incas.

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