Lake Titicaca

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
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Trip End Apr 03, 2011


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Friday, January 7, 2011

Leaving La Paz we past through a far poorer area. There were many people sitting on roadsides, taking small buses going to work, with houses turning into small huts. When we stopped for petrol there were 3 kids playing in the courtard - despite the poverty there was still a lot of love and fun here.

We travelled into the countryside to Lake Titicaca, we crossed the lake in a small boat whilst the bus took a barge (i think that's the right word) over the river. When we arrived at Copacabana we met up with Prav and Jade - friends who we had met in San Pedro de Atakama and La Paz. 

The city which sits at 3,841m on Lake Titicaca has various hills all around it. Prav and I decided to climb 2 of them on the first day. The first one had an Inca monument on it, however can't remember what it was called - it looked really good with the sun shining in the background. The second was a shrine to a catholic religion. That hill was called Cerro Calvario, and Prav and mysef took the trail up the hill, however got lost on the trail and ended up following dogs up the cliff-face. Right at the end there were loads of smashed bottles all over the trail and nettles (which I hadn't seen in South America before). We climbed over the wall  and watched the sunset with a beer (sold at the top).

The second day we went to Isla del Sol which is quoted as "one of the most important religious sites in the Andean world in the 16th century, revered as the place where the sun and moon were created and where the Inca dynasty was born". there is another Island called isla del Luna - so I imagine they believe the Sun was born from the former and the Moon from the Latter. 

We took the boat to the island at 8am and it took about 2 1/2 hours to get there. Once we were on the island we had some breakfast and walked from the north side of the island to the south. The Island was really interesting with the many Inca ruins and amazing viewpoints. 

Going back to Copacabana we went out for Dinner - the food here was pretty good. It's quite a touristic town with stalls selling many hippy cloathing, coffee shops and resteraunts. There was a main plaza where we saw cars with flowers on them and random artifacts, with stalls selling all these around the cathedral. Apparently it is a big event here where people buy things that they wish for and create a shrine.
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beautifull photos bro

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