They call it Copa - Copacabana!

Trip Start Oct 14, 2009
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Trip End Dec 03, 2009


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Saturday, November 7, 2009

So we left La Paz early in the morning and took a bus ride to Copacobana on Lake Titicaca (hehe, that ones for you Tricia!). Its a cute little town, with lots of traditionally-dressed locals and its knows throughout Latin America for its Cathedral (Sanctuary) church. People drive from all over to get their cars blessed. Yes, cars blessed. So we happened to see some people drive up in their cars and dress them out in flowers and petals and strung with blessings and then a local priest comes out and blesses the cars and they do a toast with beer (and then spray the rest of the bottle over the car in celebration). Its very strange, but they seem to take it pretty seriously.

So we walked a bit around the town and looked around the markets and saw lots of stalls with local handicrafts and we bought some hats for our nephews!

We are finally getting a bit more used to the altitude, certainly the coca tea and soroche pills help and we just take things slowly. Dave still had a bit of headache from the altitude, so he decided to find some fresh coca leaves and chew them (another local remedy for altitude sickness). So we found some from an old lady and Dave bought a small bag which he then proceeded to chew on... not knowing the correct way... anyway, we found Roland our guide and he showed Dave the right way to chew and he's been chewing ever since! He claims its worked wonders, but it might be all in his head :) In any case, it may have some other "drug-like" effects on him as he was in our hotel wondering if his hand is just bigger, or if the remote control buttons are smaller! Haha, made us laugh!

After wandering around the town for a few hours we got back on the bus and drove three hours to Puno, Peru. The border crossing was hilarious. No guards, you just get off the bus and walk into a nearby shack where an official stamps your passport and takes your Bolivian entry permit and then you go outside and walk 20 meters to the Peruvian side, go inside a shack and then get the official to stamp your passport. No one stops you or questions you though, you just walk on through... crazy little border crossings!
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stumeliana
stumeliana on

Hi Mel and David. Just browsed through blogs 5-9. Lokks like you're having a great time. I loved it all, but I've got to say the highlight for me were the Santiago coffee shops. Starbucks needs waitresses like that! I'm envious of your cool weather as it's already scorching here. Not so crazy about the altitude sickness though.
Love Dad (and Mum)

Brian Rancine on

Oh David. Are you going to smuggle back some coca leaves?

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