Since time immemorial, man has looked to the sky for answers about his connection to the universe. He has wanted to reflect the sky on earth to understand nature, to systematize it in calendars and even to seek his spiritual and religious transcendence. In this great search, the Andean man has found in the universe many answers, but also questions considering it as a cosmic force (PACHAKAMA) and when interacting with the telluric force (PACHAMAMA), they generate all forms of life and are expressed in all life processes and their interaction. This concept reaffirms the energetic interrelationship between the earth and the cosmos, being PACHAMAMA the essence that provides, feeds and sustains man, while PACHAKAMA represents the invisible, the cosmic energy that protects, directs and guides us. We will visit the great Andean power centers of the autonomous departments of Copacabana, La Paz and Potosi.
Departure from the city of Puno in private transport to the border of Kasani, after the formalities for entry into the country of Bolivia, we will contact the Bolivian team that will take us by land transport to the resort town of Copacabana. There we embark on our boat that will take us to the Isla de Sol, where we visit the sacred site of Pilkokaina, and in the place we will make offerings of K'INTU with coca leaves. At the end of the day we settle into our lodging on the island.
In the morning we go down to the "Fuente del Inca", where we will have a purification ceremony with the sacred water. Then we take the private boat to go to the "Island of the Moon", where we will do the "HUNAN CHASK'A", cosmic baptism in Lake Titicaca with a view of the tutelary apus (gods) in the Cordillera Real. Return and accommodation at the hotel in Copacabana.
This day in the morning, we start the trip to the archaeological site of Tiahuanaco, the guided tour of the site will help us to better understand the richness of all the pre-Columbian cultures that disappeared over time and also visit the site of Puma Punku "Puerta del Puma", in the temple of the Chakana, there we will do meditation work. In the afternoon we travel to the city of La Paz, on the route already in the city of El Alto we get off the vehicle and get on the cable car lines (blue and red lines) to have panoramic views of the city of El Alto and La Paz guarded by the beautiful snowy, guardian guardian of these beautiful cities, finally we arrive to the city of La Paz, considered the highest capital of the world.
Early in the morning we left for the site of the Muela del Diablo, located 40 minutes from the city of La Paz. The site is imposing and incomparable, considered one of the most impressive rock formations in La Paz.
It is a monolithic structure of 150 meters high that receives this name because of its resemblance to a tooth. In the Aymara language, it is called AUQUI KOLLO, which means "Cerro Padre" (Father Hill). The trail begins in the neighborhood of "El Pedregal" in the south zone. There we start the pilgrimage to the top of the mountain (approx. 01 hr.). In the place we will do a meditation and purification session with the Apus (tutelary gods). Return to La Paz.
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport to board the flight to the city of Uyuni, upon arrival we will be picked up and then we start with the excursion, we will enter the very heart of the Salar de Uyuni (3,650M), considered the largest salt desert in the world. The sensation we will experience is unique; there the horizon has no limits and the immensity is overwhelming. We will visit the island of Incahuasi, this salt flat is of volcanic origin and covered with stromatolites (fossilized bacteria and were the first vestiges of life on earth) as well as giant cactus. In the afternoon we will head to the refuge, in the evening we will have a bonfire with fire ceremony; rest.
In the morning we start the route for the ascent of the Tunupa volcano, tutelary Apu that dominates the salt flat and the Bolivian altiplano. We leave by vehicle (duration approx. 02 hours) at the foot of the Tunupa volcano. From there we take the road that climbs the flanks of the volcano to the viewpoint (4,700 m) the hike takes between 03-04 hours; there we will give an offering with a farewell office, purification and connection with the apus. Those who wish to continue can follow the path of ascent to "La Cumbre" (5,400M), from this point the step is more demanding so it is possible to go down whenever we want, it is reached between 03-04 hours of walking. Our reward will be to have a magnificent view of the multicolored crater of the volcano and on the other side the immense Salar de Uyuni. Then we descend to the vehicles and continue the journey to the town of Colchani, night in the hotel in Sal.
*Ascent to Tunupa: no technical difficulty and only good physical condition is required.
Early wake up with a magnificent view of the entire salt flat of Uyuni, time to meditate. Then we take the car that will take us to the airport to board the flight back to the city of La Paz, upon arrival we will pick you up and transfer to your hotel.
In the afternoon we visit the main city centers and squares such as "Murillo", as well as the market of "Las Brujas", which are run by local witchdoctors known as "YATIRI", which include potions of dried frogs, medicinal plants such as broom and armadillos used in Bolivian rituals. One of the strangest things you can find in this market are the mummified llama fetuses, brought here by the "BRUJAS" from the Andean mountains. When building a new house or starting a new business, the owners often bury a fetus under the pillars of the building as an offering to the Andean goddess "PACHAMAMA" (Mother Earth), to protect the workers and bring good luck and abundance to the business.
This day we will visit Lake Titicaca and its islands by boat, the excursion begins with the floating islands of the Uros, famous for its unique way of life, in this Aymara people build their houses on large reed rafts. Then the island of Taquile, a stretch for 45 minutes, to reach the main square, where its inhabitants live in a traditional way, a kind of communism where the property is private but the work is collective; about 300 people work in the community one day for themselves and others for the community. Life in Taquile is self-sustainable and lives according to the Inca principles of "do not steal, do not lie, and do not be idle", customs that have been maintained for centuries. We will then enjoy a typical lunch on the island, before heading to the port where our boat awaits us, which will take us back to Puno.
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