This man is a Shaman (wise, spiritual man) who receives people at the Candelaria hill in Copacabana. He blesses people with their wishes by burning spices, blowing smoke, drinking alcohol and singing prayers. He doesn´t charge people for his services, but rather lets the patron pay what they wish… I spoke to a man from Chile who came to see him and he payed him x ammount and the Shamman gave him the eye…. so the patron gave him an extra few Bolivianos 😉
This man (85 years old) takes people accross from Yampapata to Isla del sol in a row boat. He is part of a team of 4 people who share this job and work in shifts. I was lucky to get his shift… although I was affraid he was going to “break” by the efforts he was making to cross the 30 min ride.
Bellow are a few portraits of people who live in Isla del Sol in lake Titicaca. This island was very important to the Chiripa, Tiwanaku and Inca cultures, as it marks the place of birth of its people. It is a small island that has 3 main villages. I wondered around it for a couple of days finding people going about their business:
Sunsets in Isla del Sol where spectacualar! I know you cannot see the colorful magic in the black and white photos, but I decided to show the photos in black and white because I feel that it still keeps that feeling of grandure. These women were joking around while they waited for the rain to stop. It was Saturday and it was the market day in the small town of Sorata.I spent a day in the village of Candelaria (about 2 hours from Sucre). The women in town dedicate their time taking care of their children and making textile products like ponchos, bags, decorative fabrics. Men are usually out on the fields working the land Monday through Saturday. I was there on a Tuesday, so most of what I found were the women.