Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
Trip End Apr 22, 2011

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Monday, March 14, 2011

We bussed it from La Paz to Copacabana, which is on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. Obviously stepped off the bus and ran into some of the people we had embarrassed ourselves in front of in La Paz! There is no escape!

Checked into a really budget hotel, cheapest yet at under 2 pounds for an en suite! Was pretty grimy though to be fair, with a very dubious looking live wire contraption rigged up to the shower head! The lake is beautiful, very still and serene, with lots of little fishing boats around. There is some kind of festival going on in the town and all the local people are dressed up to the nines with their lovely colourful clothes and hats dancing around the town square to bands. Was a little dispirited to see that the whole affair was sponsored by Coca Cola aka The Corporate Devil (yes the same girl who worked for a slick-wick sell-out advertising agency...never again!) but nonetheless still very enjoyable to wander around.

Went for a lovely dinner at Hotel Cupula where we had the speciality Lake Titicaca Trout- delicious!

Feeling a bit homesick and depressed for some reason, our crew has depleted from four to two and we are still feeling a bit out of sorts with the altitude and cold weather. The thought of doing the Inca Trail is about as appealing as sticking hot pins in my eyes!! Had a really awful day where every little thing went wrong and we ended up being conned with our bus tickets and jammed like sardines onto a local bus which stopped at every godforsaken town and smelled like a llamaīs armpit. We werenīt able to make the trip over to Isla del Sol and Isla Luna, which I was keen to do, but it was raining so not sure how much fun it would have been! Apparently you can do a homestay with a local family and they cook dinner for you then dress you up in traditional clothes and take you to a local dance, which sounds really fun! Oh well, you canīt do everything!

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