Lake Titicaca

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Friday, December 7, 2012

We decided to make a very quick stop in Copacabana to see Isla Del Sol. On the way there, we met a very nice brother and sister from Finland who stayed with us throughout the day. Copacabana struck us as a lovely little town. It was of course full of restaurants and touristy stores being the only point of access to the Isla Del Sol. We ate breakfast and did a bit of sightseeing before catching the boat to the island. The Isla Del Sol (Island of the Sun) is an island in the southern part of Lake Titicaca (on the Bolivian side). Geographically, the terrain is harsh; it is a rocky, hilly island. There are no motor vehicles or paved roads on the island. The main economic activity of the approximately 800 families on the island is farming, with fishing and tourism augmenting the subsistence economy. There are over 80 ruins on the island. Most of these date to the Inca period circa the 15th century AD. We visited these ruins throughout the day with an English speaking guide. After returning from the island on the boat, we hopped on the bus which took us to the Bolivia/Peru border. This was one of the most efficient border crossings we arrived at in South America so far and hence we passed through it very quickly.
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