A Nice Toasting

Trip Start Oct 02, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Next on the to-do list after Cusco was Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. Getting there from Cusco involved another border crossing which was done early in the morning after a 9 hour bus journey. We were advised to see the lake from the Bolivian side as opposed to Puno in Peru, meaning our destination was Copacabana.

Lake Titicaca is at an elevation of 3820m. It's famous for it's floating lakes & also contains both the islands Isla Del Sol & Isla De La Luna.

On our first day in Copacabana we made the 30  minute climb to the top of a hill overlooking the town called Cerro Calvaro. This hill is famous for people making pilgrimages to the summit placing stones at the stations of the cross along the way. We did it as we were told there's an impressive view of the sunset up there overlooking the lake. There were plenty other gringo's up there with us. After a while Pa & Brian got bored of waiting as they thought it wasn't all that impressive. Steve wasn't happy & wanted to wait for the sunset but the 2 boys got their way & Steve reluctantly descended with them. By the time we reached the bottom there was indeed a fairly impressive sunset, the lonely planet didn't lie! Steve bulling.

The next morning we went on a tour to Isla Del Sol (Island of the Sun). This is the legendary Inca site & the birthplace of the sun in Inca mythology. Our guide on Machu Pichu had told us that the Inca's didn't worship Jesus Christ but instead they worshipped things like the sun, moon & various animals etc... history lesson over. We got on our boat at 8.30 and 2 & a quarter hours later we landed on one end on Isla Del Sol. The boat was brutal slow, if they had given the 3 of us canoes we would have made it quicker.  Once dropped off we had a 3 hour walk to the other end of the island to make the boat back in the afternoon. A lot of the other tourists were amazed by the scenery along the walk looking out over the lake. It was good in fairness but to us it was nearly the same as looking at Dingle peninsula from kells. We'd seen it all before.

So there we were on a 3 hour trek from one end of the island to the other, on the 'Island of the Sun', without suncream. By the time we got back to the boat us 3 bright sparks were well and truly toasted. On the boat trip back we stopped off to see the floating islands. These are one of the main attractions of Lake Titicaca & we realised afterwards that they are best seen from the Puno side.

We got back to Copacabana around 5.30 & waited for an hour for our bus to La Paz.
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kev on

happy xmas to ye all lads. ye'll be missed around the place!

Jo Curran on

Hi Guys.. wishing you all a great Xmas --

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