Lake Tititaca: Peru & Bolivia
Trip Start Sep 07, 2012
83Trip End Aug 18, 2013
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We got another great deal at a Sonesta again so we stayed at their location on the shores of the lake and away from the city of Puno, Peru - which is somewhat unattractive and gritty.
Mia needed a chill-out day so me and Emma took the boat tour to the famous floating islands of the Uro people. The Uro's built 40+ floating islands made out of reeds of grass. They originally served as a defensive mechanism, but they still move today along with the wind and currents of the massive body of water
Puno was cold and close to Bolivia so we only stayed one night...we got on yet another bus, but this time headed to a new country, Bolivia. The only landlocked country in our S. America journey, it is also the highest and poorest so were somewhat nervous about what we would experience.
Entering Bolivia as US citizens is not easy. Because the US Govt doesn't like the politics of it's president, Coca farmer-to-President Morales, Bolivian's entering the US are treated like coke dealers. Therefore, those of us with blue passports had the privilege of being singled out on the bus and sent into a separate line. After a bit of needing to be pushy, I finally corralled some special form that us Yankees had to fill out and got back in line. We had been carrying around our special US currency (in Mint condition, no folds, tears and ultra crisp) and paid $540 USD to enter the country
After about an hour, we were all back on the bus and headed to Copacabana, Bolivia on the Bolivian shores of Lake Titicaca. We found a cool hostel about a mile out of town that we had to ourselves: the hobbit-like Ecolodge Copacabana. After a grueling hike up (at over 12,000') to our hut, we walked into town for dinner at a great spot.
The following morning, we had another one of those frustrating travel moments that we'd love to forget. The previous day, we booked a 1/2 day boat trip on the lake to the Sun Islands and a 2pm bus to La Paz. So we packed all of our bags up, checked out and took a 7am taxi to the tourist agency. They were closed...for the day!
An adjoining agency graciously helped us out but when she looked at our ticket, she became confused. She said it was not possible to take a 1/2 day tour and catch the bus in the same day and couldn't believe that someone would sell us such a service
We then headed into town to catch our bus. We had to confront the owner of the tour company that sold us the bad tickets. We got some stares and were also irritated by the fact that our girls didn't have seats with us (nobody offered to move seats). We got through it, as we always do though! We got off the bus and took a short 10 minute ferry across Lake Titicaca, and the bus went separately. We arrived in La Paz, mentally exhausted but in one piece.