You should stay on the Island

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 18, 2011

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Hostal 6 de Agosto

Flag of Bolivia  ,
Friday, October 7, 2011

Our crossing into Bolivia was pretty easy. We got the local bus to Juliaca right near the border and then a tuk tuk up to the border. We were lucky timing wise because right after we got our Bolivian stamps a bus load of tourists turned up making quite the queue – there are definitely benefits to doing it yourself! 

Copacabana as a town turned out to be pretty crappy. There didn't seem to be much except a church and one street full off pizzerias, Mexican food and tacky tourist stuff. There was also an unusual number of crusties with dirty dreads trying to sell their little bracelets and stuff. These people really annoy me as some of them come to these countries thinking its cool to do nothing and slagging off the countries they come from, even taking basic work from poor locals, when I’m sure most people here would give their right arms to swap places with them and have the opportunities the crusties are leaving behind in their own countries

There is a hill right by the town that you can climb for some really nice views over the town and Lake Titicaca. It’s pretty steep and has the Stations of the Cross on the way up – lucky for Jesus he didn’t have to carry the cross at 3900m.

In the morning we headed down to the port to get a boat out to Isla del Sol. We had a quick breakfast first and realised that Bolivia was going to be even tougher than Peru to get change in when it cost 40 bolivianos and the lady had to leave the café and spend 10 minutes getting change for a 50! 

Lake Titicaca is enormous, which you get the feeling of more here than the Puno side. The boat to the island took 2 hours and when you see it on a map you’ve hardly gone any distance. It’s over 8000km2 which is bigger than county Cork or North Yorkshire (the biggest county in England). And it’s at an altitude of 3,700m. Ridiculous. Going out on it on a boat it actually feels like the sea as in many directions all you can see is the horizon. Then you look to your right and there are snow-capped peaks not far above it and it’s all very strange.  We got dropped at the north end of the island, visited the Incan ruins there and spent the next few hours walking along the ridge to the south side to catch the boat back. It’s very pretty and we stopped along the way for lunch in a very tranquil and peaceful setting overlooking the lake and the mountains.  
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