Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
Trip End Aug 14, 2009

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Copacabana, Bolivia - 13th February 2009

We decided not to go to La Paz or the salt flats in Bolivia as we had been told that La Paz had nothing special going for it & the salt flats required trekking in a 4 x 4 truck for several days to get there - anyway, when you've seen one salt flat, you've seen them all !
So we decided to chill-out in Copacabana, Bolivia for a few days. This is a little coastal town on the other side of Lake Titicaca - so we hopped on yet another bus from Puno for a short trip (only 3.5 hours + 1 hour buggering about at the border). At the border we had to queue at the Peruvian Police post to check we weren't wanted criminals, then queue at the immigration post to have our passport stamped, then march 100m over the border to repeat the same thing on the Bolivian side.

Our hostel was at the top of a hill overlooking the town, it was only about mile from the bus stop but at the rarefied atmosphere of 3,810m we didn't fancy lugging our rucksacks up the hill, so we grabbed a taxi. "La Cupola", our hostel, was very sweet & very cheap (prices in Bolivia are so low) & it had a decent restaurant so we just ate there - besides we didn't fancy walking back up the hill if we ate in town.
Breathing was quite a problem, any small exertion would cause us to pant, but at 3,810m it was over 2 miles high (does that make Barbara & I members of the 2 mile high club?).

There wasn't much to do there except stroll along the "beach" or swing in a hammock, being careful to avoid the grazing sheep. The beach was a stony bay which on Sunday was full of local families having picnics & enjoying themselves in "pedalos". One large family came in the back of a transport lorry, specially cleaned out for the occasion.

One day we took a boat trip to 'Isla del Sol', about 1 hours away by motor boat, skippered by a local who could probably do it in his sleep - he was on autopilot most of the way, steering with his feet . The Isla del Sol is where the first Incas were supposed to have risen from the sea before moving into Peru to found the Inca empire.

When we landed, we could have climbed up to the ridge at the top of the island to view the whole island (a mere 1,000 steps) but I thought 'nah' & just took a photo of them instead.

.The locals have to trade with the mainland & still transport their goods to the boats by mule

The views across the lake were spectacular, with snow capped mountains in the background, lovely islands dotted around, the lake disappearing over the horizon & remarkable sunsets from our hotel.
A truly remarkable place.
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holly08121 on

P Smith
This looks great another one to add to list. Think will just follow your travel blog one day. Its amazing.

rodnyc on

Passport Stamped!
Thats a nice memory having your passport stamped everywhere used to do it but a lot of countries just wave you in now. The immigration control seemed very strict? I wonder why? Most people must be locals or are they looking for D...s?

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