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South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Copacabana August 3rd 2013

Drei Wochen sind schon um... Es kommt mir vor wie eine einzige. Nachdem der Trek nach Choquecirao, den ich machen wollte, nicht so geklappt hat, wie ich das wollte, bin ich von Cusco weiter nach Puno gefahren. Am Weg habe ich noch eine Inkahaengebruecke besucht. In Puno war klar... ein Ausflug zu den Schilfinseln am Titicacasee ist Pflicht. Danach konnte ich mich nicht zurueckhalten und hab am Markt ein paar Sachen eingekauft. Es gibt so schoene Sachen hier... ich koennt die ganze Zeit einkaufen. :-) Da ich das nicht mitschleppen wollte, habe ich ein Paket aufgegeben. (hab ich vergessen am Telefon zu sagen!!! - habs ins Waldviertel adressiert). Bin sehr gespannt, ob es ankommt. Die Stadt Puno an sich hat mir gar nicht gefallen. Darum bin ich mit den naechsten Bus ueber die bolivianische Grenze nach ... read more


D. 30/7/2013: We spent the first part of the day relaxing in Rurrenabaque before catching our flight back to La Paz. Arrived early in the evening and found Hostal Solario fr 20 bolivianos per night. Really cheap and an okay place. We went out for thai food, really good food but it took a long time before it came. Then we met up with our friend from Valparaiso and her two friends and early to bed. D. 31/7/2013: Got up at 11 feeling a little sick.. Spent all day really chill with Maren and her two girls from back home. Went to Cafe del Mundo and later we went shopping and for a walk downtown. We had lunch, a choripan which was really different from Chilean ones, it was more like a burger, but really good. ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Coroico July 22nd 2013

Hola. Arrive a la paz, nous avons voulu faire une petite excursion sportive: la descente de la route de la mort en VTT. A savoir au depart de la Paz jusquaux portes de la ville de Coroico. Au total, 3500metres de denivelle en 3h30 de descente. Le guide, nous informe avant de partir,qu'a l'epoque ou la route etait utilisee (une autre fut construite depuis), environ 200 a 300 voyageurs se tuaient chaque annee! Tant mieu ca fait monter l'adrenaline. Avec la connexion internet, difficile de pouvoir mettre les videos gopro, mais on vous assure quil y aura un montage des que possible. En attendant, les photos parlent d'elle meme.... read more
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Hola a todos, Ca fait quelque temps que nous n'avons pas ecrit, mais c'est reparti, difficile de trouver des cibercafes tous les jours.. Nous voila donc en Bolovie a La Paz. Pour s'y rendre, nous sommes partis de Cuzco en bus, jusau'a Puno, ville au bord du lac Titicaca du cote peruvien, puis on a passe la frontiere pour se rendre a Copacabana en Bolivie en bordure du lac. Nous y avons pris un bateau pour passer la nuit a l'Isla de Sol ( ile du soleil), au milieu du lac. Sensations vraiment magnifiques, et vues impressionnantes : le coucher de soleil vu depuis le milieu du lac, c'est vraiment quelque chose, vu qu'il n'y a pas grand chose sur l'ile nous avions prevu de preparer notre propre nourriture (rien d'exceptionnel, du riz, oeufs, ketchup, oignons), ... read more
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Lac Titicaca
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We caught a bus and boat combo to Copacabana from La Paz, and what a beautiful journey it was along the edge of lake Titicaca. The sun was shining and the snow capped mountains were reflected off the water, which is as blue as the mediterranean. Copacabana was a breath of fresh air compared to La Paz, as even though it is higher (3800m), it is a really small town (approx 6000 people) with hardly any traffic so it felt easier to breathe. It was also nice and warm sitting on deckchairs on the lakeside just enjoying the scenery. We treated ourselves to some nicer accomodation as well, a self contained unit with a huge bay window overlooking the lake, we even had our own garden area complete with hammocks. The best part was the wood ... read more
Our lovely room
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Chilling out in the hammock

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South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department June 19th 2013

They say good things come to those who wait. Well this was true of our journey to La Paz: The 12 hr journey took us almost 24, starting with a 4 hour halt as there were blockades in the road due to vilage protests. We breathed a huge sigh of relief as the engine started up again, partly because we were on our way and partly because it brought some heat with it...but our next problem wasnt far away....soon enough the driver managed to run the front wheel into a ditch and we were well and truly stuck. After waiting in hope that the driver could work wonders with his spade, we gave up and hitched the rest of the way, luckily given a ride most of the way by a friendly trucker. Two micro rides ... read more
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Llamas at the witches market
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Sore and tired after cycling down the WMDR (yes we are feeling our age), we sensibly had an early Saturday night in preparation for a 7.45am bus ride to Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We thought La Paz was chilly, but Copacabana takes the mickey, at just over 3800m the air is thin and cold, and when in the shade with a breeze blowing, positively freezing. Copacabana is only 100km or so from La Paz, but it takes almost 4hrs to get there. Firstly, it is just over an hour to get out of El Alto, the ever increasing suburb in the outskirts of La Paz. It is the fastest growing area of Bolivia as all of the people from the Altiplano move in from the country in search of a 'better' life in ... read more
Sunset in Copacabana
Sunset in Copacabana
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South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz June 17th 2013

We moved hotels as the guide thought that the new one was much safer. We then caught a tourist bus (double decker) Once again very scarey as the power lines are so low they barely miss the top of the bus. You certainly would not be game to stand up or it could take your head off. They did warn us not to stand. We went through some of the nicer suburbs and then onto the moon valley. Had 20 minutes there and then went back to centro. Walked back to the hotel. Had another look around the markets and then walked up to the catherdral for a look. Went out to tea with the group. Said our farewell as we were leaving at midnight. The group all got along very well which made the trip ... read more
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James , Joanna, Clive and robbo

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz June 16th 2013

Left the hotel just after 7am and went down to the bus terminal. We had to go the long way to La Paz as they were apparently holding a strike. It was quite a pretty drive. Drove around the Lake for a lot of it. Stopped at the boarder and had to go into 2 different officers to get things stamped. Then walked up the hill about 300 metres into Bolivia and then into their immigration department, another stamp and the a 20 minute ride into Copocabana. We thought that they had copied RIo but apparently the beach in Rio is named after this town. We had lunch and then got onto a Bolivian bus for the rest of the trip to La Paz. There were lots of people in paddocks stomping on potatos. Apparently they ... read more
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La Paz from the hotel window

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz June 15th 2013

After a slightly scary flight from Rurrenabaque that was completely in the clouds we landed in La Paz on a cold and wet day. The flight was as i say slightly scary as we were completely covered in cloud flying through mountain passes, some of which we did not get higher then on the previous flight. It was made worse by the fact that co-pilot kept falling asleep! I didn't think La Paz got any rain at this time of year, and it painted a very different picture. Not only could you not see the glacial capped mountains, but we could not see the top of the valley. It was a bit miserable after sunny Rurre. We had made plans with Paul and Sharon to go to Restaurant Gustu on our second night back. Gustu opened ... read more
Start of the Ride
Mojo ready to tackle WMDR
View back up to where we started




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