Isla Del Sol
Isla Del Sol or the Island of the Sun is smack in the middle of Lake Titicaca on the Bolivian side of the border. As they say in the Corona Ads “from where you rather be”, this would be one of those places. It is a breathtaking boat ride on the bluest of waters to arrive at this Island. The walk is a fair challenge but comes with greater rewards, and at 3800m above sea level it is a hell of a good work out as you prepare for Machu Picchu.
Like much in Bolivia and parts of South America Isla Del Sol is a reminder of simpler times. It is the ease at which the locals live that makes the daily stresses we face back in our busy developed world feel like while we maybe well developed in many technological, medical and economical areas we perhaps are less emotionally and spiritually developed. To say that they live a simpler life would be too simplistic, I don’t think having to farm or catch ones food or use the donkey as the main form transporting what is too heavy to carry on your head or back simple. But what they have mastered is the art of community. They have a place that is open to tourist and welcomes them in but yet isn’t spoiled by this.
Unlike walking through the streets of Sydney I didn’t see people here going hungry or missing out, I got the feeling that people here took care of each other. It was only in the areas of big development and advancement would this change.
It seems in some places it is very obvious where people live in the extremes, people either have more and more and it is only comparable by those that have less and less and then there are places like the Isla Del Sol where it seems people have found a way to ensure all have enough.