Taking a chill pill

Trip Start Oct 03, 2010
Trip End May 02, 2011

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Feeling the burn on our bodies after all the uncharacteristic trekking we went in search of some well deserved R&R.  A six hour bus ride to Puno (semi cama), followed by a 3hr trip across the border gave us our first taste of Bolivia in the lake side town of Copacabana.  We decided to 'splash out' and booked ourselves into hotel Las Olas over looking the largest high-altitude lake in the world, lake Titicaca.  We had our very own bungalow for five whole days complete with kitchenette and hammocks; popcorn and eggy bread were the clear cuisine winners!  We totally chilled out, watched sunsets from our outdoor and indoor hammocks, drank the local vino tinto next to our roaring evening fire (very romantic), loads of reading, visiting local archaeological sites and even had a boogie with the locals.

Feeling well rested, we were ready to move on.  Having booked a bus to La Paz the day before we arrived at the make do, main road, bus station 15 minutes before departure and were faced with a little problem,  all the busses were pretty much full and no one wanted to know us, each bus company passing us on to the next.  Finding our travel agents doors firmly closed up we ran around from bus to bus begging to be taken along. Eventually we were taken pity on, our bags chucked onto a less than comfortable looking bus (beggars can't be choosers) and squashed onto a seat. An hour into the journey and we were told to get out of the bus and onto a small boat to cut across the Lake but that we would be getting back on the same bus on the other side.  A little confused we stepped off the bus and were met with a very strange site,  huge busses dotted across the water being transported by very basic rafts....have a look at the pics!   
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