Copa - Copacabana (to be sung a la Barry Manilow)

Trip Start Aug 17, 2005
Trip End Jul 01, 2006

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Friday, April 28, 2006

After saying farewell to my travel buddy of the past 9 months, I set off alone for the first time, making my way back up to Cuzco, stopping off at Lake Titicaca for a few days.

It was a strange feeling boarding a bus alone, and sitting in relative silence for several hours. Luckly i have my CD player as company - at least there is a button to stop it when i want, and it only creates sounds i want to listen to...

First stop was Copacabana, which is a really chilled small town on the shores of the lake, with mountains surrounding it, and a near cloudless-sky all day. There were loads of little cafes to while-away the time in; sitting in hammocks looking over the endless lake was a favourite past time in the few days i spent there. After these days, i set off on a 20km walk to Isle del Sol, which is famed for being the place the Incas thought the Sun was born at. Thus, there are several Inca sites, and plenty of spectular scenes to look at on the island.

The walk was brilliant - with company such as Cat Stevens and Neil Young singing in my ears and the sun beating down - i passed through loads of small villages, farms and forests before getting approached by a man wanting to take me across the island on his boat. After throwing in free lunch and some runner beans he was growing, i thought i should go with him, so the two of us set off in his boat for 45 minutes; whereupon he dropped me at an unofficial landing site, so he didnīt have t pay the port fees. This meant a right scramble up a cliff face (with all my belongings), and then a 3km walk along a precarious foot-wide track to the port.

The island was a lovely place to spend a day, just walking along deserted tracks to numerous Inca sites, and watching more fantastic sunsets over the mountains and lake. The following day i took a boat back to Copacabana and left for Cuzco (should take 12 hours), to meet up with some folk from Peru who i would stay with for a few days. The bus was infact a growling 18hours and meant i arrived - tired and slightly drunk after sharing several beers with a peruvian musician - in Cuzco at 3am, and had to then mission around for a bed.

Spent a good 3 days in Cuzco, catching up with friends who are working there, and doing little in the days except watching films and the occassional game of football (the life a backpacker leads...). It was then time for another bus journey - this time all the way to La Paz...
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