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|Lake Titicaca, Bolivia|
in the Bolivian mountains almost 12,000 feet above sea level,
legendary Lake Titicaca's fresh, clear blue waters have been
drawing visitors for centuries.
While Lake Titicaca can be accessed from both the Bolivian and the Peruvian sides, the Bolivian town of Copacabana, located on the lake's edge, is a bit prettier.
Legendary Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca figures prominently in the ancient legends of the Incan people and to this day the locals consider it sacred. According to the story, the origins of man lie on Isla del Sol, an island located within Lake Titicaca. It is said that Manca Capac and Mama Ocllo, the first two people, were born there.
Isla del Sol
Visitors can take tour boats out to the island, where they can walk along the well travelled paths to see the spot where the ancients said the sun landed when it came for the birth of Manca Capac and Mama Ocllo, as well as the rock where they were born. There is also the ruins of an Incan seminary and a town, Challapampa.
Aside from the Lake, Copacabana is also home to the Copacabana Cathedral, known for its statue of the Virgin Mary, which is said to grant miracles to a few lucky petitioners.
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