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Located on the Bolivian side of Lago Titicaca, the Incas believed that Isla del Sol was where the white god, Viracocha, brought forth the sun and moon from the Rock of the Puma to light up the world. Today the Aymara Indians continue those beliefs and one can see the artifacts of that legend.
The island is the largest in Lake Titicaca measuring 13 miles in length and 5 miles at its widest point. Except for the coldness of the clear water and the snowcapped peaks in the distance, you might think you were in the Mediterranean Sea.
In Apr 06 I returned to Isla del Sol with two family friends. The idea for a different legend started on the trail to the traditional Titi Khar'ka (Rock of the Puma) when 17 year old Ashley said "that rock looks like a cat." She had never been in that area before and did not know the Viracocha creation legend at the time. Take a look at this picture of the rock that "looks like a cat." It is of a rock outcropping next to the trail maybe 400 meters before you get to Titi Khar'ka. It looks much more like a puma than Titi Khar'ka!
Our guide showed us the face of the puma on the traditional Titi Khar'ka. It looks more like a bearded man. Maybe this is really the Cara de Viracocha that Lonely Planet mentions. It is known that this area was also a sacred site for the Tiahuanacans. Maybe two similar legends are getting mixed up and some parts lost. Could the Viracocha creation legend actually be that the sun and the moon came from the darker-colored Rock of the Puma (above) to the pink Titi Khar'ka where the white bearded god, Viracocha, stayed? After all, the footprints of the sun (Huellas del Sol) are in the stone on the trail between them and point in that direction. See also my Isla del Sol local custom tips for more pictures and some even wilder ideas. Hey, it could be true!
- Pros:Spectacular views and mysterious history
- Cons:Must be able to walk some distances at high elevation to see everything
- In a nutshell:Legend and beauty in a sea at 12,500 feet
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