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Lake Intikjarka (Titicaca)


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ake Titikaka takes its name from the island called Intikjarka, which now is known as Sun’s island.

The Intikjarka name comes from two aymara language words: “inti”, ‘sun’ and “kjarka”, ‘crag’. So “intikjarka” means ‘Sun’s crag’, and today is known as "Sun's Island".

It was a secred place for the Colla nation (or Qulla in aymara language) who lived and live around the lake and far south.

The bigger lake was known for them with the name of “Chukuito” and the south smaller lake was known as “Wiñaymarka”, ‘Never ending city’ in reference to Taipykala or Tiwanaku city.

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