Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
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Trip End Jun 19, 2013


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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Highlights

Border crossing.
After 7 weeks in Peru it was time to start a new adventure in Bolivia. Crossing the border was incredibly easy as for once everything was explained in english so we weren't walking around like headless chickens. The bus conductor told us where to change money, where to get stamped out of peru, where the Bolivian immigration was and then where to get back on the bus. Within 20 minutes we were all on our way and not long after we arrived in Copacabana. The only small problem we had was the Bolivian immigration gave us a 30 day visa but we plan to be staying longer, so we have to pay a visit to the immigration office in La Paz to get it extended.

Isla del Sol.
We had planned to stay in Copacabana for a bit to enjoy a festival. Sadly as we arrived at our hostel we found out we were a few days early so decided to scrap our reservation and head straight out to the Isla del sol. Copacabana didnt look that nice and there were so many other tourists so it made our decision easy. It took 90 minutes to get there and only cost 2, when we arrived we checked our map to find the best hostels in the southern side and then looked up. It was at least a half hour hike up the steep steps to get to the top, with our backpacks and hot sun (this is the island of the sun after all!) this was an unpleasant experience. Oh and not to mention the altitude, around 3900 masl. We both struggled our way up, stopping every 3 seconds to catch our breaths. As we climbed the views got better and better and we were rewarded with a really nice hotel, double room with views overlooking Lake Titicaca. It felt like we were somewhere in the med, with the deep blue lake and green rolling hills of the island. All this for 3 each a night. We like Bolivia! After a nice beer the hike up was all forgotten about and we enjoyed a nice dinner, quinoa soup followed by fresh trucha (trout) caught from the lake. Plus chips, rice, bread and tea for 3.50. Bargain. Bolivia is already a lot cheaper than Peru and we need it to be now were nearing the end of our travels. We spent our 2 days here walking along the trails and relaxing. The island is covered in crops grown by the locals, mainly potatoes, quinoa and green beans. The main mode of 'transport' here is the mule, used to carry everything along the walking trails. We enjoyed photographing daily life and trying to snap the colorful locals with their bowler hats, pleated dresses and baby hammocks. The children were really friendly especially a couple of boys which I played with for a few hours after lunch. The Isla del Sol was such a beautiful place to relax before heading to the highest capital in the world, La Paz!
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