Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
90Trip End Aug 14, 2009
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We decided not to go to La Paz or the salt flats in Bolivia as we had been told that La Paz had nothing special going for it & the salt flats required trekking in a 4 x 4 truck for several days to get there - anyway, when you've seen one salt flat, you've seen them all !
So we decided to chill-out in Copacabana, Bolivia for a few days. This is a little coastal town on the other side of Lake Titicaca - so we hopped on yet another bus from Puno for a short trip (only 3.5 hours + 1 hour buggering about at the border). At the border we had to queue at the Peruvian Police post to check we weren't wanted criminals, then queue at the immigration post to have our passport stamped, then march 100m over the border to repeat the same thing on the Bolivian side.
Breathing was quite a problem, any small exertion would cause us to pant, but at 3,810m it was over 2 miles high (does that make Barbara & I members of the 2 mile high club?).
There wasn't much to do there except stroll along the "beach" or swing in a hammock, being careful to avoid the grazing sheep. The beach was a stony bay which on Sunday was full of local families having picnics & enjoying themselves in "pedalos". One large family came in the back of a transport lorry, specially cleaned out for the occasion.
When we landed, we could have climbed up to the ridge at the top of the island to view the whole island (a mere 1,000 steps) but I thought 'nah' & just took a photo of them instead.
The views across the lake were spectacular, with snow capped mountains in the background, lovely islands dotted around, the lake disappearing over the horizon & remarkable sunsets from our hotel.
A truly remarkable place.