Rest and relaxation at last

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

so after a 90 minute boat ride from copacabana we landed on the island of the sun.... it is amazing place, very hilly, no cars, only donkeys for transport, and just stoney paths as routes around the island.

 we were met from the dock by a guide, thank goodness as our accommodation was miles away, and began the steady climb up the hill. we began with the inka steps, apparently stones still there from that era, hundreds of them but hey we were experts at mountain climbing now....!! Robin eventually gave in to the guide carrying his rucksack as we continued along the steep stoney up hill climb which made us breathless very quickly at this altitude... we past really cute houses, donkeys and street...sorry ..path sellers..cute hostels and restuarants were strewn along the way and after reaching the top of the hill we started the climb down the other side of the island to eventually arrive at our place of rest for two well earned days ..we thought any way..

it was great so peaceful as it was a long hike from the main village there was no noise no people no hustle and bustle in fact it was so out of the way on the first night we had the whole place to ourselves..we just sat and looked at lake titicaca in awe ...yet again a place i had wanted to see, a sacred place with loads of ancient history and spirituality..it felt fantastic just as i had hoped..and to top it all we had a super sunset over the highest lake in the world, we were now about 4000 meters above sea level, which is 4 times higher than the highest point in england...!!

at 4am robin woke...he just cannot sleep... and went outside to see the stars which woke me, so i joined him... they were amazing no light pollution at all and being in the southern hemisphere the constallations were a bit different to what we see up north...lol...it was so magical, no moon sadly but the stars and planets were enough to be awestruck by the 1000s of stars we could see..we are not alone guys........!!

after a very nice breakfast, our spanish is improving as they do not speak much english here, we set off for walk to explore the island. we loved everything we saw, women dressed in the bolivian costume, quite elderly, walking with donkeys, a few sheep and a llama...half finished houses, cute stoney paths and children playing on a few inches of grass....all amazing..there are no mechanical vehicles at all so how they lift the huge stones which seem to be part of the house contruction i do not know.. there were no police, seemingly no rules and everyone just going about their daily life.. some had small areas of crops, some had enclosures of pigs and llamas and others were making the most of the tourist trade literally opening up their front room as a restaurant.

we followed the winding paths and eventually ended up at the peak of one of the nearby hills, it was the highest point for miles around and we spent ages up there just in awe of the fact we could see all round lake titicaca...one side peru, one side bolivia, snowy covered mountains in another direction and just the watery horizon on the other... the lake is 2500 sq miles i was told so it is really a fresh water sea...eh...?..we were so at peace we just sat and meditated in silence..we will never forget that hour of our lives...awesome...!! i was sad to leave that special place but we must get on with our trip...

so back down the hill we went and found a so called pizzeria... hehe..it  was a little old lady running it ..no english spoken...cooking the food from her kitchen..no health and safety here folks...lol..and two tables in her garden over looking the lake below so cute..it was good food actually so no complaints there, we had two drinks and two courses all for 6 ..value or what..?

as the sun was by now getting rather unbearable we strolled back to our little peaceful retreat.. only to find four more rooms had been let out ...what...!!!.. so not so peaceful now but still an amazing view and amazing food..and at dinner we chatted with people from london who were taking a 3 month sebatical around south america..so far everyone we have met, is here for more than a month..so it is interesting to hear their stories so far and maybe get advice..as we in turn give ours. this is a great experience we are both learning so much about life, people and each other....

up early for our boat trip back to copacabana ... i am so sad to leave this amazing place....!!

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Martin on

Wow the pictures are getting better and better that looks an amazing place !! Really beautiful that Pizzaria must have one of the best views ever certainly beats Pizza Hut in Hitchin !!!! Really great but seems like you were not on the island for long ?? When to you get to Argentina by the way Looking forward to reading and seeing more Regards Martin

Shani on

Hi That looks wonderful, somewhere I would really love to be at present. You should have stayed on the island longer.
Alan has nearly finished making your mum,s patio doors now, just hope they fit!

jenny on

Hi sounds like your both having a good time, pictures are great , talk soon.xx

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