Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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After breakfast at a small local restaurant we decided to walk to some floating islands, which were along the lake shore. We packed a lunch and set off for the short walk. Lake Titicaca was beautiful, and their was farmed land up to the lake shore, where mainly quinoa and potatoes grew. The area was quiet and serene and the walk was easy and enjoyable. We arrived at a small community, with six or so houses, stone walled fields and a pig pen attached to the side of one of the houses. We made our way down to the lake shore from the houses to see the “floating islands”; which are a must see for Lake Titicaca
The second day we took a boat out to the Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun) on the lake. It was a two hour boat ride, which left Copacabana at 8.30. This meant that we had a very un-rest day early morning start to the day. As we climbed onboard, we saw the Texan couple, who we have met twice before in Peru. What a small place this is?! We chatted and caught up on each others travels as we made our way to the Island. They had driven back down to the coast and then back up through Peru to Bolivia, which is why they were progressing at the same pace as two slow moving cyclists.
We walked around the island, which had a few Incan ruins, but I felt these were dwarfed by the spectacular views across the lake and of the rock formations of the island, which took a few hours to walk across
We enjoyed our time in Copacabana and it was great to see Karen again. The only thing that seemed to spoil it was how miserable and rude the locals were. The hotel owner and all of the restaurant staff over the two days were rude, brash and treated us like they disliked us from the moment they saw us. It was very strange because the people in the street were pleasant but the service providers were horrible, and left us hoping that it wasn't a sign of things to come for our time in Bolivia. We enjoy having friendly conversations and polite interactions with the locals and I can only presume that if the locals are rude to us, it is from previous bad encounters with Gringos (westerners), which is upsetting.