Checking out a lake then falling from the sky

Trip Start Apr 13, 2010
Trip End Sep 10, 2010

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

In the morning we boarded our bus for a short trip to Copacabana.  Its a town on the Border of Boliva and Peru and and the shore of lake Titicaca.  The lake is the biggest fresh water lake and the highest comercialy navagaitable in South America (3811m).  When you arrive at it it feels like the ocean rather than a lake.  Its an amazing blue colour and really flat.  The town really small and crappy tho and will only have tourists stop in for the lake.  There are some islands in it that you can trip out to, but we didn┤t have time.  Instead we decided to climb the hill on the side of the town.  We headed up and it wasn┤t long till we were huffing and puffing (the altitude is a real killer).  After some time we made it to the top which has some religious crosses and wax all over the ground from burnt candles.  From the top you get an amazing view of the lake and the town.  We headed back down and stomached some lunch then went for a wander.  The streets are filled with stalls all selling the same handicrafts and knitted clothing that we have seen in the rest of Bolivia.  30 minutes before we were scheduled to leave we bumped into the New Zealanders for the 3rd time in Bolivia (must be stalking us).  After a quick ┤how have you guys beenĘ we headed for the bus, on the way seeing Philip who was in the amazon with us.  The bus turned into a mini van that took us for a 10 minute drive to the border.  On the way the sun was setting over the lake and lit the sky up amazingly.  At the border we got some stamps and then walked across to Peru where we piled into a cramped bus for Puno (town on the other side of the lake).  At Puno we switched to a flasher bus that we tried to sleep on until it pulled into Cusco at 5.15am.  We then headed to Loki hostel where we slept for a couple hours to catch up on the sleep we didn┤t get on the bus.  Loki┤s a cool place to stay with a bar and internet room and helpfull staff.  On our list of things to do was a 122m bungy jump so we caught a taxi to the jump site.  I was quite nervous, but Sam was talking about flipping off the platform.  After signing and finger printing a form saying we were doing it at our own risk they kitted up Sam.  Sam climbed into a metal box with mesh sides and slowly got hoisted up higher and higher until he was a black line in the sky.  Being the man he is and his first jump ever he decided to jump backwards.  He fell and fell then bounced and bounced and then got lowered down.  Sam┤s verdict was its not scary enough.  I was then lifted up for my jump.  Standing on the edge that high up is bloody scary and then having to through yourself off is even worse, but when the guy counted down from 3 to 1 I jumped.  Its an awsome feeling falling and seeing the ground zooming up closer.  It was totally fun, but is a lot of money for seconds of fun.  Other plans we had for Cusco where to make it to Mach Pichu.  Its bloody expensive, but a biking then trecking to get there package sounded like the best deal so booked in for an early start the next day.
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