The birthplace of the Sun

Not the Aegean!

The Incas believed that Isla del Sol in the middle of Lake Titicaca was the birthplace of the sun, and it’s not hard to see why.

Basking in the high altitude rays atop the ridge running through the centre of the island, you can gaze at the shimmering blue water of the lake, with the white peaks of the Cordillas Real in the distance. Although touristy, once you get out of the small town, it feels like you have the place to yourself, walking past terraces and up stone staircases that have been there since the time of the Incas 500 years ago.

Inca Steps

We’re on the boat back to Copacabana now, having spent a perfect couple of nights on the island, walking, eating the local speciality of trout and soaking up the sunshine. It was a perfect way to recover from the exertions of climbing Huayna Potosí, and we’ve all got a tan too!


Sunset at the mirador, with shadows of Laura and I