Winding up high round mountains overlooking Lake Titicaca and the flat areas of agricultural communities in existence since ancient times we, are speechless and breathless. The beauty is overwhelming. Women and men are shepherds are caring for whole flocks of sheep, llamas, cows, all grazing on the high slopes of the powerful curved mountains.
We are now at an altitude of over 4,000mt and feel that the few clouds are just within arms´reach. We look down and see the huge expanse of the sacred Lake Titicaca that is the source of life for all the living beings that have been settled in this area for many generations. The lake is home to many smaller and larger islands, some of which have Inca and pre Inca temples and other ruims and relics still standing to inspire and bewilder us.
To get to the calm, colourful city of Copacabana today, se had to take a barge like water vessel across a narrow area of the huge lake. Some say that the ancient legend city of Atlantis is sunk somewhere in this vast lake. Years ago many divers including the famous Jaques Cousteau searched of it but did not find it. Interestingly, these deep sea searches were not in vain as many archeological treasures were found instead.
In the middle of the lake are two islands that are still visited frequently for the Inca and Tiwanaca structures and artifacts ( a Sun Gate, a Labrynth, polished stone roads etc.) that still stand there. Some of the riders are spending their rest time today researching and
— Ruth Schonblum
investigating this fabulous spot.