Inca Trails: Journey Across the Andes

Rounding a corner on a wooded headland, I was immediately engulfed by the overwhelming solitude so characteristic of Lake Titicaca. The thin air was still, the surface of the great lake unruffled. Not a sound interrupted the silence. The intensely blue, icy lake stood as my eyes lingered on it, mesmerized by its sheer immensity.

The ancient Simien Mountain peaks stretched into the distance, slowly rolling away the nakedness of the lake. Not a sound interrupted the silence here. The undulating hills on the western side are dotted with dark green outbreaks of agave. Some beautiful, intricate clustered flowers also grew from the heart of the valley.

Without witnessing too much physical beauty, I can say that the beauty of Lake Titicaca is equal to that of any other world on earth. It is no wonder tourism is so popular here. The lake is an essence of this colorful and fascinating country. However, Titicaca is extensively agave rich, with a bright side of romance.

Simien Mountain is also known as Cat’s Eye Mountain. There are two interesting series of peaks that cross the boundaries of the island. The southern series or Cat’s Eye Mountain dominates the dramatic skyline, with its wild range of peaks, grassy slopes, and forested cliffs piercing the blue sky. The northern series or Simien Mountain displays a different aspect of the landscape. There are no dramatic peaks crossing this dramatic terrain, although there are quite a few steep challenging paths. These paths are ideal for horseback tours.

The beauty of the mountain scenery and the indistinguishable alpine scenery are so overwhelming that they will affect every cell in your body. Soon you will find yourself getting tired of the hilly track and start walking on some level, even though your aim is not to walk to the bottom. Anoche might be the most famous peak of the island. The name of this peak finds it application in a monastery: the story goes that it was the place where the Buddha proclaimed the liberating insight of the Anoche Lingva.

Anoche Lingva is one of the nine wonders of the Shwedagon Pagoda.

The 9th Wonder of the World is the Anoche Lingva. It is a 2,000 meter high peak That gives the vista of the pagoda complex at the southern section.

To the world of Buddhist mystics and weird traditions, this temple is an icon with its own peculiar significance. There are a lot of speculations about its origin and lunar calendar values, but still it doesn’t affect the beauty of the place.

In Dunhuang, the town located a few kilometers from the mountain, there is a legend about the orc years. According to this legend, the estate went through aughrious prosperity when the king was in good mood. In his desire to stay in this place for a longer period of time, the king ordered to build him a beautiful palace. The executioner completed the palace without asking for payment. After some time, the state of the emperor changed, and he had to cancel the order. The executioner started searching the nearby, but failed to find an acceptable estate. Without asking for anything, he picked up stones and stones. From then on, the stone-throwing incident happened regularly. Today, this ugly incident is permanently “+-ed” on the unforgettable scene.

Be that as it may, the vision of the orc years has become firmly establish in the imaginations of Dunhuang residents. The stone-throwing children belonged to the Class of outstanding young girls. The series of stone-throwing incidents gave the fairytale story of the stone-throwing children. Nowadays, waking up to the Basil Cave Falls in the morning is a rare event.

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The Todai Olympia Hall is recognized as the eighth wonder of the world. The Hall consumed 3000 acres of land with more than 10,000 builders and 15,000 workers. Now it stands as the cultural center of beauty in the region. This gigantic complex was constructed through the help of a model village. A hundred buildings and watchtowers are still standing and another 50 are being built. The design of the Hall and the technique of its construction are completely different from the Goenaga warrior fortress.

The Hall is surrounded by shrines. Flying elephants and stilts decorated the shrines. On the road that goes around the central hall, were more than 75 pigeons scurried and wheeled around in the night.