After leaving Sorata (read Part 1 of my Bolivia trip here), the second leg brought the group to the shore of the beautiful Lake Titicaca which stretches into Peru. While the seemingly endless lake provided magnificent scenery (the photo on the right was taken from my hotel window), we were far away from the rest of civilization. And when I say far away, I don’t mean San Diego to LA… I’m talking about 5 hour trips into villages on unpaved roads carved into the side of a mountain. It was a daily internal battle whether to take a nap and dream of paved 21-lane-wide freeways or hold my breath throughout the terrifying ride to take photographs. Since my title on the trip was the official photographer, I spent much of the trip holding my breath. It was definitely worth it though… check out the photographs below.
Most of the trip was spent visiting the projects, but we did get to go see 2 Inca ruins sites. The first one was located on an island. The boat ride to get there was gorgeous and the when we finally reached the ruins that were perched on the top of the small mountain, I was speechless.
The next Inca ruins site we went to a few days later was just as stunning. The amount of infrastructure these people were able to create still remains a mystery. The intricacy and precision of their designs was just as impressive as their ability to transport these huge stones from hundreds of miles away.
When we weren’t being tourists, our time was spent visiting the native Bolivian people whose lives have been transformed by the QBL projects. From The Gregorian Weavers to the community members from the most rural villages, it was the welcoming people that we constantly spent time with that made the trip unforgettable.