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Can’t. Catch. My. Breath. At over 4000m above sea level, journeying up the Inca steps to the fountain of youth with a full 60L backpack was hard! But it was worth it the view from my hostel looked over the dark blue lake. The fresh air (and the altitude) took my breath away!
I decided to breakup my trip to Peru from La Paz and spend a night on Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca joins Bolivia and Peru and is known as the birthplace of the Incas. Copacabana is the main town on the Bolivian side that allows travellers to take a boat to Isla del Sol.
It was a very quiet (and cold) night on Isla del Sol but worth it for the view. Walking up the ancient Inca steps, I arrived at what is believed to be the fountain of youth. There are three separate spouts that the Incas referred to as : “ama sua, ama kella, and ama llulla” translated to “don’t be lazy, don’t be a liar, don’t be a thief”.
I had to wear two pairs of socks, two sweaters, sweatpants, scarf and mittens to bed, but I survived.