copacabana and lake titicaca

  • welcome to titcaca
  • crossing the lake
  • copa cabana main drag
  • copacabana town
  • on top of the world - halfway up to mountain view point
  • 3 of us on top of the world
  • we made it to the top
  • montument at top of mountain
  • landlocked bolivia has a navy
  • rocks at top of mountain
  • praying for the trip down
  • the sun sets on titicaca
  • watching the sun set
  • jochen telling us how cools he looks before the evening drinks
  • thought this cool dog was a rug at first
  • arriving at isla del sol
  • piglets
  • snowcapped horizon
  • going for a quick swim in lake titicaca
  • posers
  • tigers
  • are we at the top yet......nooooo
  • the chicas - Sile and Claire
  • foto foto foto....now give me money
  • church donkey
  • random donkeys
  • little lamb
  • local lady and donkeys
  • ruining the snowcapped view
  • inca stairs
  • lunch - sunny but cold

On Sunday the 7th of June we flew back to la Paz from Rurrenbaque in a 25 seater plane. Trip was pretty exciting, but I'm not sure Heike enjoyed it too much. Our plan now was to get to Copacabana on Lake Titicaca as soon as possible. Lake Titicaca is at 3812m above sea-level which makes it one of the highest navigable lakes in the world and is the largest lake in South America.

We left La Paz at about 3 and after a 3 and a half hour bus ride through beautiful mountainous scenery, and crossing part of the lake on a small boat while our bus went on a raft, we arrived in Copacabana, the main Bolivian town on Titicaca. We checked into the Hostel Lago Sagrado - a bed in a twin room costs 20 Bolivianos per night  (about 2 pounds), and it's the most confortable bed I've slept in since coming to South America.

On Monday (my birthday), we all slept in a bit, then in the afternoon, Jochen, Hannes and I, bought a couple of beers and climbed up the mountain that overlooks the town. At this sort of altitude any slight uphill is bloody tireing, and the path we took was pretty steep so we had to stop several times to catch our breaths. When we got to the top it was worth. The view from up there was amazing - although it's slightly ruined by all the stupid tourist grafiti on the rocks, and the trash lying around, which is probably also left by tourists. We sat there watching the sun set and having a few beers, during which time we were having a big guy conversation about girls etc. and not really talking softly either. A bit embarrassing when we finished our beers and turned around and saw about 50 other people sitting behind us watching the sun set - some of them laughing, and others looking just plain shocked. Later that night Heike joined us, we went out for dinner and then partied at the only open bar in town, til about 4am. A lot of rum was consumed, and I'll  say no more.

On Tuesday we bumped into 2 Irish girls (Claire and Seila) that we've bumped into a few times since La Paz. We arranged to head to Isla Del Sol (Island of the Sun) the next morning to do a 4 hour hike from the north to the south of the island. That night  we all had a few more drinks in the bar and by the time we went to bed, it was looking doubtful that  we{d get up in time to catch the boat to the island.

We made up on time the next morning. We said our goodbyes to Heike, who is in a rush to get up to Machu Pichu as she doesn't have much time left of her trip - will probably see her in Cusco. 

Isla del  Sol, is believed by the Incas to be the birthplace of the sun. The hike, whist being quite strenuous (again we were at about 3700m above sea level) was filled with the most amazing scenery so constant breathlessness was still worth it. Probably the most surreal part of this island is that you're walking in this place that could easily be a meditarrean island (reminded me a lot of some of the greek islands)  and then in the not so distant horizon you have snowcapped mountains. Also, throughout the hike you walk in and out of small villages where the farm animals pretty much just roam freely, especially the donkeys and pigs. Also, at times, kids come running to you asking for their photo to be taken . We thought that was really cute and took photos only to realise that what they wanted was for you to give them money after.

I had packed my boardshorts so I could have a swim eventhough I was told it was gonna be freezing. Hhalfway through the hike we stopped at a beach and I ran in for a couple of dives. It was pretty damn cold, but I felt excellent afterwards - nobody joined me!

After a couple of more hours hiking, we eventually walked down the Inca steps to the boat that would take us back. On arriving back in Copacabana, Claire and Seila found out that the buses to Peru the next day had been cancelled due to a bit of political unrest in some areas. They managed to get on the last bus out of Copacabana, but unfortunately the rest of us are stuck.

This morning (Thursday), Hannes and I said our goodbyes to Jochen who has headed back to Buenos Aires! Good luck buddy! We've managed to get a bus to the border this evening, but we've heard mixed reports of whether or not we'll be allowed to cross the border as some people have reported blockades. Hopefully we'll be in Peru tomorrow morning if all goes well.