When and Where
The retreats in Bolivia are held once a year . The next retreat will be held in Lake Titicaca (Copacabana, Sun and Moon Island) from March 24th to 31st 2019.
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Your home for "Shamanic Healing Retreat" will be based in the sacred pre-inca place in the middle of Lake Titicaca :"Moon Island" (Isla de la Luna).
We will meet in La Paz, Bolivia to begin this journey. We recommend participants arrive to La Paz two or three days prior to the retreat. Your body may need a couple days to adjust to the altitude as La Paz is the highest capitol city in elevation in the world at roughly 3,650m (12,000ft) above sea level.
As soon as you arrive, we recommend you buy "Sorojchipil" at the airport or any pharmacy in the city. This pill will assist you to adapt to the altitude and help you with symptoms of altitude sickness. Another excellent remedy for altitude sickness is "coca tea", you can get it anywhere and you can drink it throughout your stay in The Andes.
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Recommended hotels in La Paz
There are several B&B hostels at Sagarnaga Street. If you want to book in place, that's the best street in La Paz to do it.
Day One: GETTING TO THE RETREAT CENTER - MOON ISLAND
The first day of the retreat, we will meet at 7:00 am at the Central Cemetery of La Paz to take our bus to Copacabana. Please be sure to arrive on time, because as the buses run on schedule and will not wait.
The bus trip to Copacabana will take approximately three to four hours. Once we arrive in Copacabana will have lunch, after which we will board a boat for a two hour ride across Lake Titicaca to our destination on Moon Island.
Bolivia is a beautiful country full of contrasts. Its geography ranges from the Amazon, tropical valleys, plains and highland mountains. It is a landlocked country in central South America. It is bordered by Brazil to the north and east, Paraguay and Argentina to the south, and Chile and Peru to the west.
Bolivia is a Democratic Republic that is divided into nine departments. Its geography is varied from the peaks of the Andes in the West, to the Eastern Lowlands, situated within the Amazon Basin.
The Bolivian population, estimated at 10 million, is multiethnic, including Amerindians, Mestizos, Europeans, Asians, and Africans. The main language spoken is Spanish, although the Aymara and Quechua languages are also common and all three, as well as 34 other indigenous languages, are official. The large number of different cultures within Bolivia has contributed greatly to a wide diversity in fields such as art, cuisine, literature, and music.
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Few cities in the world have as spectacular a setting as La Paz. Sitting in a valley in the Andes Mountains, La Paz is the city that touches the clouds dwarfed by the magnificent icebound peak of Mount Illimani rising imperiously to the southeast. La Paz is the highest capital city in the world. Sitting between 3300 and 4100 meters or approximately 12,000ft above sea level; rich with 19th century churches, museums of artifacts from the pre-Conquest era, precarious overlooks, and colorful markets, La Paz is truly unique. The Witches’ Market, in the center of the city, sells charms and potions for Aymara rituals, as well as souvenirs. Enjoy the opportunity to be in this unique city to offer you a mix of modern world with the authenticity of ancestral living civilizations.
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Copacabana is the main Bolivian town on the shore of Lake Titicaca. Situated relatively close to the capital of La Paz (about 140 kilometers), it's a popular destination for foreign travelers and locals alike. From here boats leave for Isla del Sol, the most sacred Inca island. The town has a large 16th-century shrine, the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana. Our Lady of Copacabana is the patron saint of Bolivia. There is the belief that the name is derived from the Aymara kota kahuana, meaning "view of the lake."
Lake Titicaca is one of the most popular destinations in Bolivia and among the most famous places in South America. The region around the lake was revered by the Inca as the center of the world and the birthplace of their empire. Today, Aymara communities around the lake continue to maintain sacred sites on the lake’s shores and islands. There are about 33 communities in Copacabana, with 15.000 inhabitants, most of them of Aymara and Quechua origins.
Isla del Sol (Sun Island)
The Sun Island is located 15 km. by motorboat from Copacabana in the center of Lake Titicaca. At 9.6 km long by 4.8 km. wide it is considered a sacred place by the Inca people.
The island is divided into three communities: “Yumani” in the south, “Challa” which has a white sandy beach in the central eastern coast, and “Challapampa” near the northern end of the island.
The South Island is the most visited and there you´ll find the archaeological ruins of Pilkokaina Temple and the stone staircases of Yumani that lead to the Fountain of Life. In this part of the island there are several lodges, restaurants, cafes and pizza establishments.
The North Island is accessible by boat from Yumani to Challapampa, or walking 3 hours on a path that goes across the island. You´ll find the remains of a area called “La Chincana” (a labyrinth of stone walls), the Sacred Rock and the Table of Ceremonies.
It is said that it was at Sun Island where the god Viracocha created mankind after the great flood.
Isla de la Luna (Moon Island)
Koati or Isla de la Luna is located about 7 Kms. to the southeast of Isla del Sol, facing the ancient stone town of Sampaya. This was also a sacred island for the Incans and their predecessors and it houses a fascinating ruins complex. This small island is home to just six families but hosts an amazing view of the Cordillera Real. Iñak Uyu Palace (Or Moon Temple) is said to have been an "Ajllawasi" or "House of the Virgins of the Sun" and consists of three main wings encircled by a patio with finely carved facades.
Iñan Uyu Temple
Facing the mighty Mt. Illampu and ascending three levels of cultivated terracing, this ceremonial structure was built along a 55 by 24 meter rectangle. The building was made by Incan architects from un-worked stone and has a conjoined living complex. The rooms are roofed in a unique style known only to the Aymaras and Mayas called Corbel arch.
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