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ISLAND of the MOON, BOLIVIA ..........The Island of the Moon, according to Inca folklore, was the home of the Inca goddess Mama Quila.

Call me a spoiled traveller if you like.  When I take a boat ride, I want two things.  I want enough life preservers for everyone and a toilet.  For the first two hours of the ride towards the Island of the Moon, I only saw four life preservers.  There was no toilet.  Fortunately, there were no emergencies requiring either of those necessities.  And, much to my relief, I did later see a stash of preservers.  There still was no toilet.

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There was a temple on the Island of the Moon.  Parts were restored to let you have an idea what it looked like originally.  Parts were in ruins.  It was peaceful.  Well, it was peaceful when you weren't badgered by women with the traditional tall bowler hats and long ponytails hawking souvenirs. 
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The rest of the island had some adobe buildings, a smattering of llamas, gardens, and a path up to the top of the island.  If you've never been in a high altitude, you have no idea what it can do to your energy supply.  I just couldn't see the point in climbing to the top on an island to see the same view I just saw from the boat, only from a different angle.  I went back to the temple ruins while others climbed.  It was much more peaceful on the second visit and so much more satisfying.
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Temple of the Moon on the Island of the Moon
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