South America, Bolivia
Situated on the border between Bolivia and Peru, Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and one with fascinating mythical history; according to Incan mythology, the god Viracoca rose from Titicaca to create the sun, moon, stars and first human beings.
The lake is therefore considered sacred, as are many of the 41 islands that lie upon it, none more so than the Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun). Sights on the island include: Chinkana (labyrinth) - a stone archaeological site full of mazes, thought to have been a training centre for Inca priests; the Inca Steps – 206 steps leading to a sacred fountain said to be a fountain of youth; and one of the most magical sunsets in the world, best appreciated from the islands highest point – a lighthouse standing at 13,441 feet!
Having seen the sun why not then make the trip to the Isla de la Luna and take in what the Island of the Moon has to offer? Far smaller than the Isla del Sol, it nevertheless offers a fascinating insight into Incan history and is home to the ruins of the famous Temple of the Virgins.
On the Bolivian side most people choose to stay in Copacabana, which looks more like a beach town resort as the views of the lake are go on forever and it has sandy shorelines, making it appear more like the sea than a lake. Here you can rent a pedal boat and explore the lake yourself.
Despite being such a popular destination there is still much to be discovered on Lake Titicaca. A point proven when, as recently as the year 2000, the ruins of a temple dating back 1000 – 1500 years was found under the waters of the lake.
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