The highest lake in the world

Trip Start Sep 03, 2007
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Trip End Jul 03, 2008


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Monday, June 2, 2008

So after our amazing time in Cusco we are now in Bolivia. Not the most taxing border in the world as you might imagine but a bit of an annoying bus journey with stop overs in Puno not being explained to us fully never mind we are now in Copacabana and home of Lake Titicaca the worlds highest lake...We are to learn soon that Bolivia has a lot of "the highest, the biggest, the oldest...etc".

On arrival we were herded into the Hotel Colonial (50b for a double room with breakfast) on the main street. Caroline felt an urge to rent bikes and do some exercise. This decision was taken without consideration that we were in fact at 3800m! After a lovely lunch on the lake side we headed off in search of beautiful scenery etc. Our problems arose when we arrived at the first of many hills. Cycling up hills USNīt fun at the best of times but here it is damned impossible!!! So our bike ride changed into a serious of leisurely rides along the flat then vigorous walks up hills. Sounds boring but with dramatic scenery like this and no tourists worth while!!

After our "exercise" we grabbed some beers and headed up the small mount next to the town to settle down for the sunset. Again at 3800m hills, even when walking, are hellish! But again worth the view. Where in the world can you be land locked and watch a sunset like this!

Fantastic dinner At Nimbu after Caroline spent 3 hours writing the Cusco blog!

Up early the next morning for our boat trip to Isla del Sol. Not being prepare we are not 100% of the importance of this place but think the Incas believed the sun sent down a descendant to this island. The boat cost 20b return which is cheap but to go the 18km took us 2 hours. How I am not sure but it might have something to do with the fact that they only used one motor! On route to the island we saw some flamingos flying over, which was nice!

The views from isla del sol are fantastic. You are standing on a barren sun scorched island looking over the bluest water framed by snow capped mountains. Breathtakingly beautiful!

We arrived at the north of the island at 10.30 and visited the Inca ruins. After Machu Pichu these were hardly the most amazing but different so that was good. We met up with a couple of English and walked the 2.5 hour to the south island passing through some very dodgey toll collectors who asked for money for walking on the path.....

Nn our return to the main land we stopped at yet more Inca ruins... I think Caroline might be getting a little ruined out.... Not too many more to go!
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