Lake Titicaca (Bolivia and Peru)

Trip Start Jan 08, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

After returning to La Paz from our jungle adventure, we stayed in a new hostal owned by a Kiwi fellow who has his own microbrewery in the hostal. Very useful for a thirsty traveller. A few days in La Paz to buy some goodies, then we caught the bus to Copacabana which is a town situated 7 hours away, on the edge of Lake Titicaca. This lake is more than 230km long, 97km wide and sits at 3820m above sea level. It is here that the Incas believe the sun was born.
We met an Australian couple Kat and Andrew, who joined our little group of three and came along on a trip to the Island of the Sun for a night. Reaching the Island and being forced to walk up the Inca stairway was a bit of an effort. It seems that you never stop climbing at altitude when you are in Bolivia or Peru!!! We found the first decent place to book into then we had brekky and were off on our journey to the other end of the island, 4 hours walk away. After reaching what we thought was the highest point of the island we were unable to continue over the top and had to back track a little to find the right path. We came across a toll along the way and ended up paying more than we were supposed to because of the two funny old men running the toll. Along our walk we saw the beautiful sights of the surrounding landscape from other islands and at the same time the sheer vastness of the whole lake. It was truly a cool sight to see. In record breaking time....hahaha we made it to where the Incas believe their first emperor rose from the rock called ´Titicaca´ (Rock of the Puma). Though we tried hard we were unable to see the resembelence of a Puma!!
Stopping for a snack next to some Incan ruins was fascinating and beautiful. With crystal blue waters below and views far out over the lake, it was a hard spot to beat.
Our attempts to complete the 16km roadtrip walk ended when we took a little boat back home. We had all worn ourselves out!! aaaahhhh. Our driver was scouted by his son who then got the petrol and loaded the boat for our trip. This little journey took about 40 mins and saved some tired legs and lungs as we watched the great scenery around us.
After dinner and a few games of cards we headed to bed and passed out quickly. Caught the morning boat back to Copacabana where we sorted out our passage into Peru!

Having run into Adam (another aussie along our journey) he joined our group and we all headed to Puno, Peru. Puno is famous for its floating islands made from reeds. We organised a boat trip for early the following morning and explored the town. Up early and in the boat we made our way to the islands, about 20 mins out into the lake. Upon arriving at Unos (the name given for a particular group of islands) we saw how the islands, boats, houses, watch towers and pretty much everything else is made from the reeds. After a fascinating lecture on how the islands are made and how often everything needs to be updated, we jumped in a typical boat from the area (all made of reeds of course)and moved on to another island to be shown their goods for sale. An interesting lesson on life on an island! Soon enough it was time to take the boat and head back to Puno to then catch a bus to Cuzco.
Machu Picchu is our next adventure!! Can´t wait! See you all then.
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