Cerro Calvario

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  • Day141


    April 17, 2016 in Bolivia ⋅ 🌧 5 °C

    So I wake in the morning and there is no need to have to convince mark about the weather last night as there is a covering of snow everywhere. It really is crazy the yesterday we were slapping on the suncream and today we are wrapped up in our winter woollies. The hostel we are in has no breakfast so we go to a place we've been recommended, when we arrive there the water is gushing through the ceiling so they aren't opening for an hour while they mop up, looking at the state of the place they won't be opening all day. We walk up the town and end up in the Thai restaurant to have our breakfast, the picture outside looks great but what we are served is nothing like the picture. We eat our breakfast while outside the kids are making Olaf. I honestly didn't think I would witness snow here. We eat breakfast and Mark has the idea of trekking upto the inca trail, I make it a quarter of the way up and have to turn around but Mark is insistent that he wants to carry on so I turn round and head back to the hostel. The internet is quite good this afternoon I spend a few hours catching up with my loved ones. We go back to the bar where we were this morning and they are open at last, . The sun is now beating down and as the snow is melting the streets are gushing with water, to a point where the drains look like there going to explode. As we sit and people watch it's mad how people arriving think that the ice has come from a ice machine. As we are walking along the street we meet up with various people we've met in the past few weeks as well as the two girls Sophie and Olivia from Denmark . We go and have a beer and some food with them and find they are going to the Isle of sol tomorrow the same as us. The irony of sitting here eating our food with a fire burning is quite crazy but special at the same time. Ther are 2 girls sat opposite who are topping up their own drinks with bring your own , another subtle reminder of home. We go back to the hostel and once agin watch and listen ss the storm closes in, I just hope that when we wake in the morning there isn't Snow again.Read more

  • Day142

    The Island of Sun

    April 18, 2016 in Bolivia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We wake early in he morning as we have to check out and get breakfast , go to the cashpoint (isla de sol has none) and make the boat for 830. Its a tight squeeze but we just about manage it an board the boat which will take 2 and a half hours to reach there. We get on the boat and quite a few people take the upper deck, but its far too cold for that. Im really hoping the island lives upto its name. 20 minutes into the crossing and everyone from upstairs is now below deck and to say its cramed would be an unertstatement, and im very aware there are only five lifejackets, at least theyre sat right next to me . it seems to take forever to reach there but eventually we land on Isla De Sol. As soon as we arrive , the tranquility of the place immediately hits me and im overcome with happiness. There are no roads on the island and luckily as we disembark the boat there is a guy waiting with a board with our hostels name on it. He takes us to the hostel which is literally 3mins walk and i have arrived in paradise . Bolivia is totally land encased and we have arrived to the shore f the highest lake in the world with a beautiful sandy beach. At this moment it is all ours and there is not another sole in sight , until we have a few visitors in the form of a huge pig and her 6 piglets . They are so cute i really cant complain, and we sit watching them while waiting for Freddy our landlord to return from his other collection at the port. We settle ourselves into our room and head out to find our bearings. As we walk back to the port there is Olivia and Sophie sitting on the harbour wall. We head over to chat to them and Olivia is still really not well. So while Mark waits with Olivia , me and Sher oie hea off to find them a hostel. I ask Freddy if he has any spare rooms and he books them in for less than half the price we have paid, but thats just the way it gos when your travelling. We walk back and carry the girls rucksacks for them, and get Olivia tucked up in bed with some cocoa tea. We go to the museum and buy a ticket to go and see the other points of interest on the Northern side of the island. We are told that this is about a 20 minute walk, but that is definitely Bolivian time, because after 20 minutes we are not even at our first point. On the island they actually charge you for entering into the little villages , and actually have tickets printed off which are checked along the way. The community here are the Challaps ampa and as we wind our way around the path the children sell various artisan wares. The view as we walk around the trek s really something to behld and is a good half hour again before we get to the Mesa de Sacrificio. This is the sacrifice table that the incas used all those years ago, and stands proudly on the cliff edge. Directly opposite is the Scared rock and a itttle further is a group of ruins that all he rooms lead into one another with doorways so small even i have tqo crouch through them. The place is spellbinding and we sit for well over half an hour before thinking about making the trek back. Along the way we share the track with donkeys sheep pigs and chickens it really is like being in a different time zone. We arrive back tired and hungry , and go to the only restaurant on the island that is open. The speciality here is trout as the lake houses a huge trout farm, and it really is so fresh, and tastes delicious. Back at the hostel we spend nearly an hour trying to get a fire going , but the wood is so damp here it is nion impossible , i also think it is something to do wth the altitude . Shortly after conceding it starts to rain so im really glad we didnt manage to get it going as i would have been really dissapointed having to leave it for the rain. With our lake view Mark and i sit for a short while watching the incredible lightning before getting ourselves cosy in bed.Read more

  • Day12

    Ritual mit dem Schamane Faustino

    March 23, 2019 in Bolivia ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Gestern wurde organisiert das auf der heiligen Stätte ein Schamane für uns eine Messe hält. Um 12 Uhr sollten wir da sein und persönliche Dinge mitbringen. Als wir ankamen war bereits der opfertisch geschmückt. Es waren Ketten darauf, Schalen, Cocablätter und Lamafett.
    Faustino erkälte was er tun würde und hilt die Messe in ihrer Sprache, Aymara. Er segnete uns und unsere Sachen mit dem wasser aus dem Brunnen, bittete muttererde um Austausch negativer durch positiver Energie, bittet um Intelligenz, Gesundheit, Arbeit, Geld, Liebe, für uns unsere Familien und Freunden und für unser Land.
    Danach sind wir über eine Stunde mit ihm gewandert, über die Berge. Bist zu Kreuzung die dann zur Südseite führte. Er ging dann weiter ins Dorf und wir liefen zurück zur Stätte. Beim zurücklaufen entdeckten wir den Grund des Streits zwischen Nord und Mitte. Das Hostel das von der Mitte dirket an der Stätte aufgebaut werden sollte und von dem Volk der Nordseite zerstört wurde. War sehr beeindruckend da bis dato uns da weder der Hirte noch der Schamane gezeigt hatte.
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  • Day91

    isla del Sol/ Copacabana (Titikakasee)

    February 8, 2017 in Bolivia ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    Wir nahmen den Bus von La Paz am morgen und kamen Mittags in Copacabana an. Nachdem wir dort etwas gegessen hatten, fuhren wir mit einem Boot zur isla del Sol. Bei der fahrt lernten wir eine Gruppe Chilenen und Brasilianer kennen. Als wir auf der Insel ankamen suchten wir zusammen mit den Chilenen einen guten Platz um unsere Zelte hinzustellen und erfuhren schnell, dass der einzige Strand des Dorfes als kostenloser Campingplatz dient, dort angekommen bauten wir unser Zelt auf und die Chilenen kochten für uns das Abendessen. Am nächsten Tag unternahmen wir einen Rundgang über den kostenlosen Teil der Insel. Da der südliche Teil der Insel etwas ähnliches wie eine Eintrittskarte verlangt, sahen wir nur den nördlichen Teil. Am Abend aßen wir in einem Restaurant zu Abend und tranken etwas mit neu kennengelernten Chilenen, da die anderen schon wieder abgereist waren.Read more

  • Day12

    Isla del sol

    March 23, 2019 in Bolivia ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Um halb 2 ging das Boot auf die sonneninsel, den vormittag habe ich damit verbracht in der Hängematte zu entspannen. Als wir ankamen erwartet uns Freddy, der auf der Nordseite der Insel sein Hostel hat. Über ihn haben wir erfahren warum sich die Seiten bekriegen.
    Weitgehend liegt es an der Mitte der beiden Inseln. Die Mitte fing irgenwann an, an der heiligen Stätten, zu bauen. Ohne zustimmung des volkes und auf land das ihnen nicht gehört Das Volk der Nordseite, hatte Angst das ihr heiliger Ort durch Bauten zerstörte wird und verhinderten immer wieder den Aufbau. Die Südseite profitiert von diesem Krieg und hält somit den gesamten Tourismus bei sich in dem sie sagen das es auf der Nordseite gefährlich sei. Die Nordseite lebt deshalb in großer Armut. Nach unserer Ankunft
    sind Wir gleich auf den Berg gelaufen. 40 min ca bis zum Heiligen Inka Platz. Auf den weg dahin haben wir eine alten Hirten getroffen der uns begleitet hat und uns etwas über die Stätte erzählt hat. Der Inkagott , Virachocca ,erschuf diesen Platz, es sieht aus wie ein Labyrinth. Es gibt einbuchtungen die wie eine Art Schrank aussehen. Da hingen die robe für Zeremonien. La roccia sagra ist , laut dem Hirten, Geburtsort von Sonne und Mond . Auf dem Weg dahin ,gibt es zwei Fußandrücke, der eine soll der Sonnentritt und des andere der Mondtritt sein. Was mich sehr beeindruckt hat war, der natürliche Brunnen, frisches Wasser. Klar und rein.
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