Published: December 10th 2011December 8th 2011
In the lake
advantage of an under water camera
I woke early the following morning to an enormous clap of thunder followed by an almighty down pour of rather large hail stones. My dreams of watching sunrise on the beach were washed away within seconds. The lake is surrounded by 5000m+ mountains so the probability of a storm over the lake is very high. We sat watching out the window whilst the lightening and thunder cracked simultaneously.
The poor farm animals had no shelter and donkeys look pretty miserable at the best of times anyway. If you unload a cloud load of hail on to them they look suicidal. The sadest donkeys in all the land were stood outside my window.
We did think we might not make it back to the mainland but the hail was quickly over and the sun was shinning. Now I have met a couple of travellers who have trekked over the island. Not one of them happen to mention how exhausting it was. 4 hours of trekking up and down cobbled staircases with outstanding views over the lake and up to the mountains we arrived at the south side of the island. The photos can do more justice than my words but
even so the photos don´t do the actually scenery true justice. Using my waterproof setting I did manage to take a photo of the lake from under the water line.
The initial shock of arriving at the south side in comparison to the north side was that it was very touristy. I would estimate 10 gringos per local. The locals were dressed in traditional clothing with llamas in hand ready to charge for kodak moments. It was like they were ready to pretend for the tourists. I didn´t like this at all. The north side was much quieter because only a few gringos decide to visit that side. Luckily we managed to find a boat and departed quickly. Another floating bus journey and we arrived back in La Paz, exhausted.
There are more photos below