What a scenery .... bye bye Bolivia!

Trip Start Nov 28, 2011
Trip End Apr 09, 2013

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Hospedaje de Juan

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Early morning, and not only was the music playing when we went to bed, the sound of the Morenadas came from the square at about 7 when we were getting up. Mark woke up too and we decided to take the first boat to the northern island.

A quick shower for the guys (Maria refused, the nights are so cold there, and so was the water of our hostel) and off we were to buy our tickets and find something for breakfast. Crackers. Well, sometimes you have to take whatever you can get...

We were rewarded with a scenic boat cruise to the northern part of the island while the sun was rising higher. Up on the top of the boat we had our first glimpse of the Sun island and the Moon island which played an important role in the ancient cultures such as Incas and Tihuanaco. After arriving on the northern island we had salchipapas for breakfast plus an apple for the vitamins - and then followed the group and guide to the historic site. The power stone and the temple impressed us but so did the view - and we the headed south to the southern part on the main path.

In between we passed 2 admission points. The communities on the island embraced and developed the community based tourism and so they have a rotating system where everybody has to guard and look after the paths once in a while. The fee the visitors pay to pass and use those is then financing their payment so they an be 'off' from their normal work. Quite a good system, isn't it?

But as usual we did not only see lots of Alpacas, sheep's and donkeys but as well locals selling their handmade or bought pullovers, hats and other artesanias. For the fun of Jorgen and Mark, Maria bought a blanket, but a used and authentic one - nd so all day was followed by their jokes about bing prepared for a cold night whenever we would not find a place to stay. However, just after entering the southern part we met 8 year old David who told us about his parents place. 20 Bollivianos per person in a 3 bed room with hot water - of course we did it.

After dropping our stuff we went up the hill and then back as it was getting dark. The sunset we watched from the restaurant on the hill and had a delicious trout with garlic and lemon.... freshly caught from the Lake Titicaca. A beautiful end of the day on an incredibly beautiful island!

Up we were early next morning, as we heard that there are early boats with locals at 8 from south harbour. However, after walking all the way down we found nothing but sailors relaxing... and telling us the first oat is at 10.30 ... or now, for the quadruple price. For we preferred to wait, spend only a little money - for a breakfast with view upon the lake - and the later boat.

After arriving in Copacabana we got a ticket on the next bus to Puno, Peru
Bye bye Bolivia - hasta luego, we will be back on time.

Gracias por tu hospitalidad!
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