Due to the purity of its waters, life is conducive to varied fauna composed of Andean ducks, alpacas, llamas and many species of fish. As in flora, it contains 12 varieties of aquatic plants, being the most important and representative the totora (reeds), which is a herbaceous plant that can measure one to two meters high, the lake population use it for the construction of rafts, mats and crafts. In Sawiña town, 10 minutes from Copacabana, it´s possible to observe the construction of floating islands of totora (reeds).
Located on the Major Lake of Titicaca Lake, it has an area of 14 square kilometers, most agricultural terraces used since Tiahuanacota time. On this island are located the archaeological ruins of the Inca and Tiahuanacota, including the most important: Chinkana, Pilcocaina and Inca Steps. The importance of this island for the Inca empire mythology, remains since Manco Kapac and Mama Ocllo, children of the sun god, left it to found and run the empire in Cusco.
It's just a short distance from the Sun Island, it is the temple Inac Uyo, where it is presumed that was inhabited by the "virgins of the sun," where they learned various trades and some were sacrified. There are also small communities that provide tourist services as lunch and accomodation at local homes.
Small beautiful town at the shore of Lake Titicaca, it is the capital of Manco Kapac province, currently has 6 thousand people who primarily develop tourism activity, due to cultural and religious significance of Lake Titicaca and the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Copacabana (Candelaria). In this town it´s possible to find museums, archaeological sites of the Inca period, local typical markets and good restaurants where the lake trout is the highlight of the menu.
The community is located 15 kilometers north of Copacabana, following the path of Yampupata, it is a precolumbian jewel hidden in one of the most charming places of the lake. In the nineteenth century, the famous explorer and archaeologist Friedrich Uhle came to Sampaya in search of a "Quipus", but instead bought a "Resalipichis", a painted leather with simple sepia figurines that made a hieroglyphic prayers to reproduce Christian object is preserved in the Ethnological Museum in Berlin. At Sampaya, visitors will be amazed with the path made entirely of stones and about four meters wide, "Camino del Inca". Under this scenic route runs a stream, which was channeled in precolumbian times, rectangular houses, stone masonry walls together, gabled roofs with log structure and leather cords, covered with straw, keep alive the experience with pre-Columbian peoples. From Sampaya you have a privileged view of the Moon island (Coati Island), Lake Titicaca and the mountains of the Cordillera Real de los Andes
Location: West of Bolivia, in the province of Manco Kapac in the department of La Paz, in the Altiplano of the Andes.
Elevation: 3841 masl (Considered one of the highest lakes in the world).
Average temperature: 6 ° C in winter and 11 ° C. Summer
Other tourist attractions:
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