mantel of fog wraps up the vault of the sky
in this morning of fine rain drops, uncertain clarity of shades
and blurred images. Indications of beauty are shown off in the
unconcluded lines of the horizon; suddenly, the curtain of fog
is ripped by the phantasmagoric silhouette of a fragile craft,
obstinate in crossing the legendary waters of a lake willing to
be a sea.
of the wind shiver, slap and fatten the sails of
the solitary craft, headed by a man of elusive eyes and prominent
cheekbones that knows the whims of the Titicaca,
the highest navigable lake in the world (3,810 m.a.s.l.) and the
bigger in extension in South America, with an area of 8,300 square
silhouette disappears diving in the fog. The fog cover the blued
immensity of the Titicaca, the cradle of the
biggest empire in the Pre Columbian America, because of its cold
and calm waters, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo arose and founded
the Incan society in the heights of Cuzco, following an order
given by their father, the Sun.
life, myths and legends, the lake is located
in the highland of Bolivia and Peru, becoming a natural border
between both countries. In the Bolivian area, the islands of El
Sol, Suriki and Kalahuta, are rural but fascinating places, in
which the features of the old Andean cultures can still be perceived.
But the islands
of weavers of rafts and expert fishermen are not the only attractions.
In the lake proximities is located the bucolic town of Copacabana
(department of La Paz), home of the miraculous Virgen Morena.
The image -venerated by the whole highland- was carved by a descendant
of the Inca.
father Sun becomes present and completes his duty of offering
his heat to these lands of the Andes and the fog disappears. The
sun shines in the transparent sky.
here is not
any unconcluded line in the horizon anymore. The waters glow.
The Titicaca moves for its overwhelming beauty and its pretension
to be a sea.