Road to Bolivia

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
Trip End Aug 25, 2010

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The last couple days have been fairly packed. We said goodbye to Cusco - another couple has joined our group (more Australians and an Irish guy), and headed towards Lake Titicaca at the Bolivian border. First we had to cross Puno on the Peruvian side, not exciting as a town in itself. A few markets, but mostly small businesses surround the PLaza de Armas. That's not to say there aren't several tourists, but most are just passing.

The Uros Islands consist of a small collection of man made reed islands that rest on the surface of (Western) Lake Titicaca. They are quite spectacular in that they are completely man made, but vendors hassling everyone and the overpriced souvenirs do take something away from the charm of this place. We didn't stick around for long and before nightfall we had crossed into Bolivia. The border town of Copacabana has a fairly relaxed, family atmosphere. There is a very Bohemian feel. However, there isn't much to do here and we ended up going to a bar, where I drank far too much. In my defence the cocktails were akin to jet fuel and the hangover the next morning wasn't entirely my fault.

The main reason however for staying in Copacabana is a trip to Isla del Sol on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. A beautiful, rugged island we spent a night here to watch the sunset.

In terms of comparing Bolivia to Peru, I don't want to judge a country by one town, but it's going to be difficult to beat Peru. At least Bolivia should be cheaper.
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