This weekend Stacie and I went to visit Copacobana. Copacobana is a beautiful, quiet town on the shore of Lake Titicaca. On our first day in Copacabana, Saturday, we took a boat to una isla flotante, which is a floating "restaurant," as you can see in the pictures above (middle, bottom). It was absolutely adorable and the view was amazing. We ate fresh trout which the chef picked out of the water for us, and it was delicious. After lunch we went back to Copacabana and walked around for a while, then went back to our hostel to relax. Our hostel was absolutely adorable, we stayed in an adobe cottage with a very nice garden.
On Sunday we visited Isla de la Luna and Isla del Sol which are two very quiet and beautiful islands. The islands have a long history as people have inhabited them for centuries. Our Spanish professor was telling us about how during the Incan Empire, the emperor would visit the Isla del Sol once a year for a giant celebration in honor of the sun. During the celebration sacrifices such a alpacas, food, even people, were made to the sun! Before the celebration, some of the young women, usually between 13 and 15, would be taken to Isla de la Luna for a celebration in which their "virginity" was taken. During this celebration the women would be chosen by men in the tribes to be their wives. If a women wasn't chosen, she would be sacrificed during the ceremony to the sun as she was not a suitable wife. ¡Que Loco!
We took a boat to visit the two islands, starting with la Isla de la Luna. The Isla de la Luna is a very quiet island, with little inhabitants. The main attraction of the island is the small ruins that are located on the side which tourist visit. The island has an amazing view of the mountains and you can see left over walls made by farmers on the steep hillsides. The Isla del Sol has two main villages, on the northern and southern sides of the island. The two islands have been experiencing conflict for a few months now, so the northern part of the island, which contains more of the ruins and cultural attractions, was closed off to tourist. The southern part of the island is very touristy and this is where all the hostels and restaurants are. We had a very nice lunch at a hostel on Isla del Sol, with the most amazing view, as shown in the photo above. Overall it was a great, relaxing weekend with beautiful views and delicious food.
Hi there! My name is Jenna Grunwald and this summer I will be gaining an understanding of the relationship between disease processes, social-economic circumstances, poverty, geopolitical realities, historical contexts, culture, and how these play into the complexity of healthcare in Bolivia and Argentina with Child Family Health International.