Off to the Island del sol
Trip Start Oct 20, 2008
60Trip End Feb 08, 2009
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All being good, started to walk up the mountain to check out the small village, on the way up found a beautifully isolated hostel with a bueno vista so after having breakfeast and negociated the prices got a room left our stuff and went off to explore.
The Island is supposedly the birth place of the Incan civilisation, with the first emperor rising from the waters of the lake and setting up on the island.
Saw some ruines, loads of terrases on the mountains (some still in use) and finally got back to the hostel not too late because we were nackered. It was very hot all day, its not for nothing they call it the isalnd of the Sun. It was soo hot that they baked bricks outside in the sun.
Next day woke up quite late (10am) so didnīt have time to see the northern part of the island, just decided to climb the highest mountain on the island (up to 4300m) and then decide to grab the boat because the fisherman told us to leave the island at 10h30. We finally left at 12h30. The way back went well ahd nice winds and small waves that sent us flying. Got to less than 3km away from the beach of Copacabana when strong gusts and big waves were starting to be felt. All of a sudden a big crack was heard and there went the mast (well one of the metallic tension relivers of the mast), we panicked, lowered the sail in seconds (eventhough it felt like hours). Oli was at the mast untieing the note whilst I was controling the tiller trying to keep us facing the wind, and trying to fold the sail at the same time. It took us a good 10 min to control the situation, and when I say control the situation I just mean that we manged to fold the sail so that it didnt catch anywind and put the boat in the right direciton to row toards shore. It took Olive 20min at least of hardcore rowing to get back to shore. On the way we both thought we would capsize a few times due to the waves but finally got back had a beer and relaxed (eventhough the insecent howling of the stray dogs disrupted the tranquility).
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