5,000 Miles Away Over the Holidays and Worried About Feeling Too Homesick ? Well, Don’t Worry, Be Happy – and Find Great Mates for a Picnic

Argentina – A Champagne Picnic in Salta on Christmas Day

As I travel around the world and share stories with other travelers and people back home this becomes one of the major reasons for NOT traveling — the holidays.  Listen, don’t let it be.  You can have very memorable experiences abroad over the holidays.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’d love to be at home for a week or so over Christmas, but with flights $1,000-$2,000, I don’t think so.  That could easily buy you another month or more traveling depending on the country.

Special thanks to my new friends, especially the beautiful English gals for putting the picnic together.  Cheers !

The Sun God was Born Here (Isla del Sol, Bolivia)

Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun) is an island in the southern part of Lake Titicaca. There are no motor vehicles or paved roads on the island. There are over 80 ruins on the island.

Sacrifice to the Gods

Most of these date to the Inca period circa the 15th century AD. Archaeologists have discovered evidence that people lived on the island as far back as the third millennium BCE.

Perspective

Many hills on the island contain agricultural terraces, which adapt steep and rocky terrain to agriculture. Among the ruins on the island are the Sacred Rock, a labyrinth-like building called Chicana, Kasa Pata, and Pilco Kaima. In the religion of the Incas, it was believed that the sun god was born here.

The Sun God was Born Here

The first Inca Manco Cápac is said to have emerged from a prominent crag in a large sandstone outcrop known as Titikala (the Sacred Rock). Manco Cápac is the son of Inti the Andean deity identified as the sun.In one version of the myth, the ancient people of the province were without light in the sky for many days and grew frightened of the darkness. Finally, the people saw the Sun emerge from the crag and believed it was the Sun’s dwelling place.  (Wikipedia.org)

 

 

Another Day’s Work on the Island of the Sun (Isla del Sol – Lake Titicaca, Bolivia)

Another Day’s Work on the Island of the Sun (Isla del SolLake Titicaca, Bolivia)

Another Day's Work on the Island of the Sun (Isla del Sol)

Weaving in the Moment -- Island of the Sun (Isla del Sol)

You Crash – You Die ! World’s Most Dangerous Road (Camino de La Muerte) Bolivia

Breathtakingly Beautiful & Sh*t Scary at the Same Time

Do you see the little itty bitty bus ?!

Gorgeous Bolivian Valley

On "Death Road" You'll Find a Lot of These...

Gorgeous View

One estimate is that 200 to 300 travellers are killed yearly along the road.

On 24 July 1983, a bus veered off the Yungas Road and into a canyon, killing more than 100 passengers in what is said to be Bolivia’s worst road accident.

Because of the extreme dropoffs of at least 600 meters (1,830 feet), single-lane width – most of the road no wider than 3.2 metres (10 ft) and lack of guard rails, the road is extremely dangerous.

Upon leaving La Paz, the road first ascends to around 4,650 metres (15,260 ft) at La Cumbre Pass, before descending to 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) at the town of Coroico, transiting quickly from cool Altiplano terrain torainforest as it winds through very steep hillsides and atop cliffs.

The road was built in the 1930s during the Chaco War by Paraguayan prisoners.
(Info from Wikipedia –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yungas_Road)