Birthplace of the Sun
Trip Start May 01, 2010
90Trip End Apr 30, 2011
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At Copacabana, we checked into the lovely La Cupula Hotel, where we were given a room with a private garden overlooking the lake. We enjoyed a delicious lunch (the hotel restaurant is fantastic) and then had a lazy afternoon to recover from our overnight bus journey. The next morning we caught one of the very slow boats over to Isla del Sol, believed by the Aymara and Quechua peoples to be the birthplace of the sun and the god-king, Viracocha. Isla del Sol has a very Aegean look and we kept having to remind ourselves that we were high up in the Bolivian altiplano and not on a Greek island
When we reached the end of the walk we boarded our boat for the return journey and found a woman who looked very very ill. She was completely unresponsive and her eyes were glazed over. I thought that she may have had a stroke and so ran to get Leanne who was still on the shore. On seeing the woman she also thought this was the case and with the help of Craig, Terry and his Brazilian friend, managed to persuade another boat that she had to go to hospital immediately (after much screaming and shouting when the skipper was worried about how much he was going to get paid). The last we saw was their boat chugging painfully slow past us and Leanne performing CPR on the woman. We spent the 2 hour return journey in a complete daze, fearing the worst but hopeful that she might be okay
onto the other boat and have been in a state of shock ever since so I
can only begin to imagine what the others went through accompanying the
dead lady and her husband on the long journey back to shore.
A sad and surreal day. The sun is born and a lady dies.
The following day, we caught the 1.30pm bus to La Paz. Following the shores of Lake Titicaca, we had to get off the bus at one point to cross a small stretch of water while the bus was loaded onto a raft. After some hours we reached the outskirts of La Paz, the usual depressing half-finished buildings set against the bleak backdrop of the bare altiplano. After 30 minutes or so, we passed over a ridge and everyone on the bus gasped as we saw the immensity of La Paz stretched out below us. We arrived at the bus station in the centre of this hectic city and grabbed a cab to Hotel Sagarnaga, our home for two nights.
Not sure when the next blog entry will be as we are heading off on the Choro trail tomorrow, walking down from the mountains into the steamy jungle. Then we head off on a boat trip to Rurrenabaque in the Amazon basin before taking a tour into the pampas! Whether there will be internet in any of these places is uncertain!