Copacabana, Lake Titicaca - Day 29

Trip Start Mar 17, 2010
Trip End May 21, 2010

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

La Paz - Copacabana

Miles - 93

Up at the usual time, it is so lovely being in such a nice hotel. Breakfast was great...a selection of fruit, pancakes, french toast, yogurt, cereals and croissants. I gave the croissants a miss, had far too many in Argentina!

A nice short day today and time to relax...once we get out of La Paz of course, which could be interesting.

We split into two groups and got two taxis to lead us out. It still wasn't easy, the city is full of little mini bus things that the locals get in and out of in the middle of the road and all the traffic is pushing and shoving to get to where it wants to be.

We made it through eventually and back to more rural areas. Only 93 miles today so it wasn't long before we could see our destination - Lake Titicaca. It was on my list of things I wanted to see and it was beautiful. Sparkling still blue water surrounded by greenery, hills and rocks.

Our destination was Copacabana, not the one in the song but you still couldn't help singing it to yourself. It was on the shores of the Lake and really enchanting. We had to catch the ferry across, which was a small wooden boat which was a bit worse for wear with lots of holes between the boards that made up the deck. Well it was actually more holes than wood. Getting on was relatively straight forward, the bikes were just ridden on. But with no room to turn around and too many holes to fall down the bikes had to be reversed off, across the small ramp and up an incline the other side, not at all easy!

On the other side were lots of little primitive houses, little squares of different coloured farmed areas that looked like a patchwork quilt and farmed animals. A really pretty place, wonderful weather and a slow relaxing ride along a cliff side road over looking the Lake...perfect.

I often reflect on the lives of some of the people we have seen on our travels, they have very simple lives and probably not a great deal of money, but they look happy and at peace with the world and they have their families and get to live in some of the most beautiful places on the planet. I think they have got it sussed, that has to be better than working your arse off just to buy a better TV and saving up all year and going for a two week holiday to visit these places?

We arrived at Hotel Gloria at 1.50pm. Lovely sunny day and a nice hotel, we even have our own sofa/sitting area, things must be looking up.

The really annoying thing is that the laptop has stopped working and I was going to spend the afternoon catching up, I am two weeks behind will my blog!! (I know sorry blog, but not my fault). Not sure what I will do now, the Internet places are so slow and I don't really like sitting in there for long anyway.

Went out for dinner, I could get used to going out every night, although the choice can be very limited. Three of us had the trout which was really nice, Brian and Rich had king fish, it is one to avoid as it had hundreds of bones, I would have given up!

I keep forgetting to mention the affects of being at attitude, as well as the headache which does seem to go once you get used to where you are, the main thing is breathlessness. I notice it when I am trying to go to sleep, so you can imagine that stairs and hills can feel must be what it feels like to be 95.

Another early night, bed by 9.30, no dogs tonight but there was a cow right outside so a bit of friendly mooing instead.

Night x
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