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1992 Bolivia

HIGHLIGHT: Lake Titicaca is immense and clear and blue and cold. From Copacabana on its western shores I went by boat with a group of Brits to visit the Island of the Sun – the “birthplace” of the sun and the original Incas. The island is covered in ancient Inca terraces and a couple of Inca ruins – not quite as spectacular as the surrounding scenery, but lovely nonetheless. Across the lake, snowcapped peaks. On the island stone walls around mustard and green fields. A long white beach where an Indian woman washed her sheep under the blue sky. And the wonderful company of some wonderful people.

From Huatajata on its eastern shores I went by boat with a British couple to visit the tiny island of Suruqui. It was here that Thor Heyerdahl found master boat-builders to construct the totoro reed boat for one of his expeditions (not quite sure which one as all the information we received was in Spanish and I haven’t been to the library yet to find out more). We met the son of one of the builders who was designing a new reed boat for an expedition (with Heyerdahl’s navigator I think he said) later this year.

Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca
Hautajata
Hautajata
Hautajata
Hautajata
Hautajata
Hautajata
Hautajata
Hautajata
Suruqui
Suruqui
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