Off to the Island del sol

Trip Start Oct 20, 2008
Trip End Feb 08, 2009

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

After missing the wake up call to leave yesterday (4am), we made sure that we woke up this time and got to the port at 5am (without Xavi who had no motivation and little cash.) That being said I invited Oli and Xavi on the trip because I was the one wanting to go by small sailing boat (it cost 250 bol = 25euros for two days of haivng the boat). Got a small sailing boat off a local fisherman. As we arrived at the port it was still dark, made the last checks with the fisherman (gave us a hand drown map and a name of a person at arrival who would take care of the boat) and off we rowed (actually off oli rowed whilst I took care of the rudder). Rowed out past all the boats got the sail up and off we were (unfortunaly there was very little wind for a good 45 min and the pace was soo slow that oli took up the ores from time to time but the wind picked up with the rise of the sun and we got to the islands. The actual sailing was quite easy as the wind was behind us all the way. Beautiful experience; on our own in the middle of a massive lake surrounded by gigantic moutains in the background (6000m).  


 As we arrived the bay had little but anarchic wind so we lowered the sails and oli started rowing agian. Took time to find the īportī but finally got there. Didnīt find the person we were supposed to find but a rasta man living on the shores helped us tie the boat up told us that the guy we were looking for did live here but wasnīt here. 

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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kathy_m on

Sunset !!
Fantastiques paysages et coucher de soleil. On a vraiment envie d'y être!

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