Travels in Bolivia

Matt Welsh

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Isla del Sol

Here we are standing at the Chincana ruins on the northern end of Isla del Sol. We spent a day hiking from the village of Yumani on the south end of the island to the ruins and back, a 7-hour roundtrip. These ruins (as with others on the island) date from Inca times; the island was central to the Inca civilization. Nearby is the Titi Khar'ka, or "rock of the puma", which according to Inca legend is where the sun was born.

Photograph Copyright (c)2001 by Matt Welsh and Amy Bauer. All rights reserved.