Published: October 6th 2011October 6th 2011
Left Puno (thank God!).
Hopped onto the bus to take us across to Copacabana. Bus stopped and we basically walked across the border. Thomas, a German guy we met on the jungle trek, was telling us horror stories about what to expect but apart from Adam nearly walking into the room set aside for cavity searches, all went smoothly.
Copacabana was nice although we paid way over the odds for our hostel. Had a massive trout each, freshly caught from Lake Titicaca.
Visited the Isla del Sol on the lake which was very scenic but arguably the high point for Charlene was the little piglets!
From there we went on the bus to La Paz, Bolivia's capital. We spent a couple of days partying then had to calm in down. Stuart went to play golf on the worlds highest golf course, we then did the Bolivia Top Gear Challenge.
Martin, who worked on the Bolivia Top Gear challenged when they recorded it rescued the cars (Suzuki Samurai - James May's, Toyota Land Cruiser - Richard Hammond, Land Rover - Jeremy Clarkson) and is testing out day tours. We were picked up from our hostel and taken
to their garage.
We were then let loose in the cars on the streets of La Paz and up to the mountain. Charlene started off in the Suzuki - until she managed to stall it for the 4th time. After that Ricardo (the mechanic) drove it to the mountains with Stuart in the passenger seat, Charlene sat in the back of the Toyota Land Cruiser.
Once we were in the mountains we all had a go in each car - the Land Rover being the most difficult to drive by far. After lunch we were allowed to go off road - however after 5 minutes between the 8 of us we had managed to kill all 3 cars and Ricardo had a lot to do!
We managed to get all the cars back to the garage in the rush hour no worse off - though the drivers did have to learn how to drive Bolivian style (sitting on your horn!)
There are more photos below