Lake Titikaka, Peru to Lake Titikaka, Bolivia
Trip Start Jan 08, 2007
40Trip End Mar 13, 2007
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So, Copacabana is on Lake Titikaka on the Bolivian side of the border. An ancient legend says that the sun was born on Lake Titikaka and the Inca believe that their first emperor rose from the rock called Titikaka (ĻRock of the PumaĻ) on the northern tip of Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun). Lake Titikaka or Titicaca, i donīt know, I have seen it spelled both ways, is 230 km long, 97 km wide and at an elevation of 3,820 m. It covers over 9,000 sq. km!!!!! Copacabana, in the 16th century, was presented with an image of the Virgin of Candelaria (now Boliviaīs patron saint), starting several miracles. The town became a pilgrimage site and today is known for itīs cathedral, fiestas and views.
After our lunch we headed over to the cathedral to watch the traditional colorful Benediciones de Movilidades (chaīlla; blessing of automobiles), which occurs daily at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in front of the cathedral. People pull up their cars, buses, trucks, etc. in front of the church, they but all sorts of flower arrangements and attach them to their vehicle so that it is decorated with flowers and ribbons. They also buy beer or champagne to spray all over the vehicle during the blessing and to drink during this event. Some people actually bring priests to bless the vehicle in a short service
We also visited inside the cathedral which was built between 1605 and 1820. Inside is the famous wooden Virgen de Copacabana statue. We also went inside the Capilla de Velas (Candle Chapel), where thousands of candles were illuminated and wax graffiti caked the walls.
In the evening we climbed up the hill, Cerro Calvario (3,966 m), to watch the sunset. Many pilgrims make this climb, placing stones at the stations of the cross as they ascend. The sunset was really nice. After the sunset we headed back down, it was getting pretty dark on the way down, but we managed to make it just in time.
We decided we didnīt have time to make the boat trip to Isla del Sol so we decided to make our way to La Paz.
See you in La Paz..........................