The Original Copacabana

Trip Start Sep 03, 2004
Trip End Dec 22, 2004

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Thursday, September 23, 2004

We arrived in pretty Copacabana unexpectedly on time yesterday, after being told there was a strike on the Peruvian/Bolivian border and having paid 10 soles to go the detour! Bloody jokers, though, you know how stubborn Jillian can be - we only paid 10 soles between us rather than each, and ended up insisting on getting it back - and got 20 soles! Hehe! It only amounts to 2 pounds, but when in South America, do as the South Americans!!!

The hostel was quite nice, and we got a private room with a gorgeous view over Copacabana Beach (Bolivia!) and Lake Titikaka. We dined well, again, for next to nothing and had a lovely stroll around the pretty town, up to the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary, which was really impressive and covered in gold! Copacabana wasn't too lively, as we had expected, but it was so relaxing, something we needed after the Inca Trail!

Today, as the second half of the Roots of the Incas tour, we went on a boat trip to the Island of the sun, where legend says the Incas originated. The boat really shouldn't have been sea-worthy - it gave us a good laugh, though, 3 boats that left the port after us got in before us! The island was really pretty, but I think we'd both had our fare share of Inca sites, and let's face it, what's gonna beat Machu Picchu? We got ripped off again by a guide who wasn't even supposed to be our guide - watch out for the "Propina" (tip) out-stretched hand in South America! We'd to walk back to the port on the North side of the island to get the boat over to the Island of the Moon, but whenever we got back, there was no boat! It had left without us and we had to pay for a different boat to take us to the South side of the island to catch our boat back to Copacabana! Bit of a disaster, but the second boat was a lot less rickety! On the way home to Copacabana we shared the top deck of the boat with a bunch of Spanish hippy-types who were pretending to get high by chewing coca leaves (UNPROCESSED cocaine, not a drug!) and other plants they'd picked along the way, needless to say, we laughed again!

Much to our delight in Copacabana we bumped into a northern Irish couple who we'd heard had booked this same tour a day after us. We had a few beers in a cosy bar with seats decked in lama wool, and had the best craic. It was really great to talk to people from home and have a good old "norn iron" banter and a giggle!

Cheers Julie and Phil!
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