The Andes rise above the Altiplano while clouds boil up steep valleys from the Amazon below. The hills in this photo are higher than
Mt. Whitney, while the mountain is taller than Denali.
Caleb and Bunky descend from Laguna Chillata. Many of the rock formations we encountered were not natural, but were old Incan remains of
homesites, city walls, aquaducts, and gravesites. Some were well over 14,000 feet.
Tihuanaco, one of the oldest archeological sites in South America. This was the center of a pre-Incan civilization that used the waters of
Lake Titicaca and a series of canals to create a unique agricultural system that fed 100,000 people. The rocks at this site were carried
hundreds of miles across the lake and fit together with precision (they are in the page background photo).
Symbolically, Evo Morales held his inauguration ceremony here.
Lake Titicaca, at 12,507', is one of the highest lakes in the world. This is Isla del Sol, the spiritual center of the Inca world. The locals
hardly use all the old terraces, but they do maintain the walls and paths built by the Incas. The Cordillera Real rises in the background.