White World Bridger Wavespell of Bridging Worlds

by Mariela Maya



Bridging my Worlds in Isla del Sol (Sun Island)

Continuing sharing with you my adventures in South America, I came back to Cusco yesterday night after eight great days in Bolivia.

Most of my stay was in the little town of Copacabana, which I loved! I met with wonderful people, learned a lot about the Aymara culture and had magical experiences in the islands. Copacabana is located 3840 meters above sea level (12,600 feet) and it’s 150kms from La Paz (Bolivia) and 220kms from Puno (Peru).

Isla del Sol (Sun Island) has definitely a male energy. Its size, landscape, ‘ruins’, rocks and even types of birds are more masculine than Isla de la Luna (Moon Island, will share about it in my next message).

One of the legends says that during the dark times (Chamajpacha) the Sun and the Moon took refuge in the North side of the island in a large rock called The Sacred Rock and that there was also the place where the Children of the Sun and first Incas, Manko Capac and Mama Ocllo, were born.

I originally had the great idea of first taking the boat from Copacabana to the North side of the island (around two hours ride to Challapampa), visit the sacred sites there and walk down to the South where I would take the boat back from Yumani to Copacabana. Well, I thought it was a great idea…. The 8 kms from North to South were not really “down” as I was told. I was also told I could walk it in 2:30 to 3 hours, when it’s more like closer to 4 hours to make it in a comfortable pace. There were no bathrooms and nowhere to eat. Ah, and a little detail, the altitude was most of the time around 4000 mts above sea level (13,125 feet)…

As expected, I left the North side late as I was with Fermin, a wonderful local guide from Challapampa with whom I spent hours learning, sharing and asking tons of questions. We visited together Chinkana and its labyrinth, the Sacred Rock and the Ceremonial Altar (Mesa Ceremonial). Among others, we spoke about the local legends, the Sun footprints and the Youth Sacred Water or healing waters coming from inside the rocks. I loved what Fermin shared about the submerged city that was found in 1968 in between the three islands of Khoa, Pallalla and Chujo just across from Chinkana. I will share with you more details about it when back home in October, as I need a better Internet connection to upload photos on my Photo Gallery. Of course, I also got tempted to take lots and lots of photos of this great “up and down” experience.

During this walk called Willka Thaki (“Sacred Road of the Sun’s Eternity” in Aymara) there are three ‘gates’ where you have to pay a little fee to enter each community: Challapampa in the North, Ch’alla in the Middle, and Yumani in the South. When I was getting to the ‘Yumani gate’, I asked how much time I still had left to the pier since the last boat was leaving to Copacabana at 4:00pm. They said it was just 20’ away… What they didn’t clarify is that in those 20’ there were ‘5000’ steps (or at least it felt so!) of rocky stairs in an uneven terrain (so it’s more like 40’). Long story short, I started running as carefully and fast as I could to make it to the boat on time. But… as I was just a few steps away, I could see the boat leaving…

Trusting the Universe, and trying to breathe the best I could (I was totally breathless by then!!) I got to the pier at 4:04pm making the Willka Thaki walk in a record time of a little bit over 2:30hs. Adding to it the previous walk from Challapampa to the sacred sites and visiting around, it was over 4 hours. I was ready to rest!

I asked the pier authorities if there was a way to take a speedboat and make a “Lake connection” to the other boat, which was literally a couple of minutes away. They said no, and that I had two options: or to hire a private boat to Copacabana (around U$100 instead of U$5 in a shared boat) or to stay in the island overnight and leave the next day on the 1:30pm boat. I had meetings the next morning in Copacabana and didn’t want to spend that much so neither was really an option for me. I closed my eyes (while slowly catching up with my breath and trying to keep my shaking knees straight!) and reminded myself to trust… when I suddenly heard the angelical voice of a woman inviting me to return to Copacabana in their boat…

Magic manifested itself, once again, and I certainly understood why I was supposed to miss the 4:00pm boat! Ana Maria from Cochabamba, Bolivia, was visiting the islands with her family and enjoying a special weekend with her 83-year old father. I ended up making wonderful new friends and had great conversations for hours!

We stopped in the Temple of the Sun “Pilcocaina” where there is an energetic rock inside of one of its chambers. Ana Maria’s father has been visiting that rock for over 60 years to recharge himself with its energy, and he definitely didn’t look his age! I was so tired from my North to South, Up and Down adventure that I could have hugged that rock forever… But, just one minute was needed as I personally witnessed that it did work! I suddenly felt strong again and recovered all my energies… even my breath!

Afterwards, we stopped in Islas Flotantes (Floating Islands), three little islands that worked as simple restaurants and trout farms where you could choose the trout size you wanted, they fished it and cooked it on the spot. Later in the evening we saw a beautiful sunset on our way back to Copacabana. I went to bed that night tired and still feeling my knees, but with a big smile from ear to ear and with my heart filled with gratitude celebrating a very magical day!

How lovely people, they really made me feel part of the family! We laughed and made a soul connection, as if we have known each other forever. They also subscribed to MayanKin so they will be reading this message as well. MUCHAS GRACIAS Ana Maria and the rest of your beautiful family for opening your hearts, while reminding me what magic is about and helping me to bridge my worlds!

Sometimes when we feel that it’s the “end of the world”, we just learn that it’s the beginning of something new… and more beautiful!

And as a cycle in Nature is ending and a new one is beginning, HAPPY EQUINOX everyone, Spring in the South and Autumn in the North!

In Lak’esh & Munay,

Mariela Maya
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mariela [at] mayankin [dot] com
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In Lak’esh means “I am another yourself!”, a Mayan greeting that recognizes the Divine in each living Being. It’s a message of Unity that reminds us that, when we give, we are also receiving. In this way, the Mayan honored and respected each other, reinforcing the belief that we are all interconnected: what we do to others and to our environment will also affect ourselves in the end…

Munay means both ‘Love’ and ‘Beauty’ in Quechua, the language of the Incas. Munay, translated as ‘To love’, is one of the three principles of the Andean way.

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