The last of Bolivia...
23.07.2009 - 26.07.2009 17 °C
Back to La Paz after the wonderful Pampas trip, we spent one night at the Brewery hostel, where they actually brew their own beer. One free beer on the house for each guest! Sweet! It was great place to come back to, order some pizza and just relax. The next morning, we got up to catch our collectivo to Copacobana, situated on Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, although according to both Chile and Peru, they have higher. Its home to a few islands, including some floating islands and is considered the most sacred lake in the Andes due to beleifs that it was the birth place of the Inka Dynasty.
The lake itself is the brightest of blue and is set in the most breath taking scenery. A gorgeous drive at that, along the mountain side and then we eventually came to the fairy terminal. This meant that we, hopped on one boat to cross the water while our bus, and backpacks, were on another. We were anxious to see if our luggage would make it, and luckily it did. From the opposite side, we got back on to the bus for another hour or so to arrive in sunny Copacobana. Situated right on Lake Titicaca, its considered a resort town (not really), but we lucked out and got a hostel room over looking the lake, and evening sunsets! I know we usually only mention the nice hostel rooms, but trust me, we`ve had our share or dungeons and musty holes in the wall.lol So we were happy with our budget choice and spent the evening having dinner with Lisa and Jeff at a local restaurant. The food was ok, but what was really interesting was the evening entertainment. Its common for ppl to simply walk in off the street and ask if they can play a tune or too for the dining guest. That evening, two ¨hippies¨ walk in and started making a racket (it was definitely not music), but it gave us a good laugh, while we enjoyed the rest of our meal.
The following day we got everything in order for our day trip to Isla del Sol (Sun Island), and arranged buses to get into Peru. We hiked up Cerro Calvario where they bless miniature objects in order to receive them in the future (ie. money, housing, cars, ect). The hike up was tough, but the views at the top made it well worth it. Overlooking both Copacobana, and Lake titicaca, it was a great way to spend the evening and catch some rays.
The following day we jumped on an unfortunately very slow boat- about 2 hours to the northern part, to get Isla del Sol. We hiked up to some ruins located about 45 min away, including a sacred rock and sacrificing table. The plan was to hike the rest of the island to the south, but according to guidebooks and locals, it would have taken us 3 hours, and that would have meant missing the last boat. So Sebastian was brave enough to attempt the hike, while Lisa Jeff and I, tooke the lazy mans route, hopped back on the boat and made our way to the south, hoping it would give us more time to see the south of the Island. Sure enough, Sebastian was there waiting for us, as it only took him 2 hours, and we would have had lots of time to do the whole island. Either way, it was a great way to see one of the famous islands on the Lake. The Island still has local people farming, using donkeys, and Llamas. There were beautiful ruins, even a museum in the north with Inka skulls.eek haha So we caught the last boat back late afternoon, had a quick stop at the floating islands made of straw, and headed back to Copacobana for our last night in Bolivia. A great steak and trout meal was had, and then a good night sleep for our long bus ride to cusco the next day!