Lake Titicaca and Isla del Sol

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Friday, May 22, 2009

So we decided that we could not let Stephens auntie Joan go home without experiencing the complete craziness of Bolivia so we decided to check out the Bolivian side of South Americaīs largest lake, lake Titicaca and base ourselves in Copacabana.

We ended up to be disappointed not for the scenery but the fact that this part of Bolivia was very quiet and civilised compared to the madness we had experienced a few weeks previously in the south west of Bolivia, there is a lot more tourists here so a lot more developed.

Altitude again was crazy here, 3900 metres, happened to find a bargain of a hotel overlooking the lake for 10 euro a night, only problem was Joanīs room was on the 5th floor with no lift.... it was like climbing Mount Everest each time going up the stairs...
Copacabana sunsetview from isla del soldonkeys isla del sol

Following day we check out the Isla del sol... Island of the Sun... rumour has this was where the Inca sun God was created.... another steep climb up a mountain to check out the view and the donkeys and the llamas...then we explored another temple. We also managed to spot one of the traditional reed boats, pretty impressive. Then back to the mainland to witness another amazing sunset.
Inca Temple.. Isla del SolTraditional boat.. lake titiciaIsla del Sol


Then a 8 hr journey back to Arequipa in Peru, where we got to witness another crazy bus journey... this was the worst, we managed to buy tickets for the Jehovah witness bus..... i should have realised when the name of the bus company translated as " The Lord of Miracles", the only miracle was that i didnt manage to murder someone..
the three amigos


First the bus does not move until the bus is full.....so we have to sit through an hour in the baking heat while hundreds of people get on trying to sell us everything from trout to cheese..with their asses in your face at the same time.... not fun.

Finally the bus gets moving...we think our nightmare has ended until a guy starts raving on about Bible stories and then continues to telll us a story about a Mum dying while in childbirth.... this was one graphic story.... about to lose the plot.

Then two boys about 7 years of age get up singing... if you could call it that... and preaching that if you drink a beer you will go home and beat up your wife.... never miund beer we need a bottle of straight whiskey to survive this journey...

Finally we arrive at our destination and Joan decides she is never getting on a bus again so she is going to treat us all with flights to Lima......
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