History

The Island of the Sun was known to early inhabitants as Titi Khar’ka (Rock of the Puma), from which Lake Titicaca takes its name. This island has been identified as the birthplace of several revered entities, including the sun itself. Legend has it that the bearded white god-king Viracocha and the first Incas, Manco Capac and his sister-wife Mama Ocllo, mystically appeared under direct orders from the sun. Most modern-day Aymará and Quechua peoples of Peru and Bolivia accept these legends as their creation story.