The sacred lake
The sacred Titicaca Lake is located between Peru and Bolivia, at an altitude of 3820 meters above sea level. On the Peruvian side, the lake is already partly exploited for tourism while on the Bolivian side, the touristic offer is still under development. On the banks of the Bolivian Titicaca Lake, we find relics of great cultures such as the Tiwanakota, Chiripa and other cultures that are touristic attractions worldwide with the potential to greatly foster future community undertakings of cultural tourism. Additionally, all surrounding communities preserve diverse characteristics of the ancient Aymara and Quechua culture, such as their customs, traditions and language.
Several testimonies of tourists who had the opportunity to visit the sacred Titicaca Lake underscore that their experience proved similar to be filled with positive energies and that it led them to a full contact with "qutamama", Mother Nature. They mention that the sacred lake – due to its mystical character- heals the mind of evil when people contemplate it, and that it helps people find their inner peace. The lake’s sacred character can also be appreciated in the archaeological heritage that was discovered during several archaeological underwater excavations made by national and international missions generally and more specifically by the Huiñaimarca project (ULB, C. Delaere) and the Lake Project. During these underwater explorations, incense burners (incensarios), remains of lama skeletons, recipients for ceremonies, precious metal artifacts were found that were used for offerings or waxt'as to the qutamama.