Monday, March 23, 2015

Mountaintop and Other Scenes

The ceremonial site of Mulcina 
is the highest point on Taquile.
It corresponds to the Apu Karu of Lachon, Capachica Penninsula and the Patcha Tata heights of the Island of Amantani. Sam made it an almost daily practice to hike to the top, a physical and spiritual exercise.
Trail to Mulcina
approaching the walled ceremonial site
ceremonial fenced area at Mulcina
The 360 degree view from the top included the snow-capped mountains in the distance on the north and east sides of the lake, when the cloud cover lifted.

Cordierra Real in Bolivia
 The trail to Mulcina passes mossy rocks; in these are growing the delightful muña, a mint family shrub which we enjoy as an herbal tea.

 Ruins with flat large roof stone partly fallen into a shaded, mossy room.

 Another fine excursion is to the beach. The water here is somewhat shallow and protected, so swimming is cold but possible. The sand is delicious for play. Taquile has more than one beach, but this is the biggest with the best sand:
Beach view from above
One day Sam and Tara with Clever and Ivan spent an afternoon playing in the sand.
Ivan taught us to pour water into dry sand to make a temporary bowl sculpture.
 Clever and Sam engineer channels of water and sand.
Beach engineers

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