Not the hot spot north of Havana!

Trip Start Sep 12, 2005
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Trip End Aug 15, 2006


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Sunday, June 11, 2006

After the smelliest 3 hour bus journey from La Paz we arrived in Copacabana, a small town on Lake Titicacaīs southern shore. Fabled Lake Titicaca is at an elevation of 3,820m, 230km long and 97km wide it is among one of the worldīs highest navigable lakes and covers over 9000sq km. According to ancient legend, the sun was born here and the Inca believe their first emperor rose from the Isla de Sol in the centre of the lake.

We managed to get a great deal on our accommodation 2 quid for a brand new hotel with our first hot shower in a week or so! First impressions of Copacabana were that it was a really chilled out little place with not much to do except relax in the nice bars and restaurants which was what we planned to do after we got some money out of the bank. So we quickly discovered there was no ATM in the town and the only visa advance machine was broken, but with a promise it would be fixed by morning. Afraid to spend all of our 3 pounds dinner that night was a box of pringles.

The next morning, surprise surprise, the visa machine was still broken... there was only one option...back to La Paz to find an ATM, but we only had enough money for one bus fare, so off Conor went on what should have been a 6 hour return trip. 10 hours and a busted tyre later Conor arrived back in Copacabana armed with a belt bag full of Bolivianos. After no food or beer for a whole day we thought we deserved a good slap up dinner and had some freshly caught trout or so the waiter said....

He lied and the next day we were sick as 2 dogs. We had booked and paid for a day trip to the Isla de Sol so pumped full of imodium we hit the high seas. 2 1/2 hours there and back for 1 hour on the island was definitely not worth it.

That night we found a "good safe" restaurant and had some steak, vegetables and red wine to help settle our stomachs.

Thatīs us finished with Bolivia as we head to Peru tomorrow. We have had a great time in Bolivia and hope Peru is just the same.
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