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Destination of the Month: Isla del Sol, La Paz - Bolivia
10/Sep/2019

Bolivia is a country in South America with a population of 9,827,522 inhabitants, which 60% of these are under 25 years old.

Bolivia has the highest city of the world that is call La Paz, resting on the Andes Altiplano at more than 3,500m above sea level, where the government is placed.

The country is divided into 9 regions which are: Beni, Cochabamba, Chuquisaca, La Paz, Oruro, Pando, Potosi, Tarija and Santa Cruz, also has 13 different types of geography - making it one of the countries with the greatest biodiversity in the world.

Today we would like to highlight a special place in Bolivia called, Isla del Sol, La Paz.

 

Isla del Sol is a large island with several traditional communities, decent tourist infrastructure such as hotels and restaurants, a few worthwhile pre-Columbian ruins, amazing views, great hikes through terraced hills and a mix of indigenous people.

 

Several tour companies offer boat services to Isla del Sol, as the only way to arrive is by Lake Titicaca. Once there, Isla del Sol’s main attractions can only be accessed by foot through beautiful trails that lead from one side of the island to the other.

 

In the Island nearby on the south side called Yumani village, is where you can find the Escalera del Inca that is a staircase leading to a spring once believed to prolong youth. Also, you can visit the Roca Sagrada which is a large rock said to be the birthplace of the first Incas.

 

Isla del Sol can be visited in one day, but it is highly recommended to take the time to spend at least a night in order to fully appreciate what the island has to offer.

 

The Legend of Isla del Sol:

According to Incan lore, Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun) is both the birthplace of their revered Sun God and the world’s first two Incas.

 

Story has it that following a great flood, the province of Lake Titicaca was plunged into a long period of darkness. After many days, the bearded god Viracocha arose from the depths of Lake Titicaca, traveling to Isla del Sol where he not only commanded the sun to rise, but created the world’s first two Incas; Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo (the Adam and Eve of the Andes).

 

While the story is indeed dramatic, it’s fair to say that the Incas didn’t actually originate on the shores of Lake Titicaca. A more realistic version is that in the mid fifteenth century the Incas invaded the island – wresting control from the rulers of the time – and created the story in an attempt to not only justify their reign, but to identify themselves with the pre-existing Tiwanaku civilization whom they considered to be a great source of religious and ideological identity. (https://www.bolivianlife.com/visiting-isla-del-sol-lake-titicaca/)

 

As mentioned earlier, Bolivia is divided into 9 regions which offers 13 different types of geography - making it one of the countries with the greatest biodiversity in the world. With this being said, we recommend making it part of your upcoming travel plans!

 

Prepared by LARM Bolivia

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