Blogs from Isla del Sol, La Paz Department, Bolivia, South America

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Bolivia Part 1 Copacabana and Isla Del Sol (01/07/2018 - 03/07/2018) Copacabana Copacabana; a small, pleasant town on the shore of Lake Titicaca (3800m), and my first stop in Bolivia. The Peru-Bolivia border was very quick and easy (20 minutes), and there were no issues. I didn't really know exactly what to expect in Bolivia. I knew the infrastructure would deteriorate (it definitely did, hello bumpy roads and increasingly rustic buildings) and I knew it would be cheaper (great for my bank balance!). But I had also heard the food was nothing to write home about. Regardless of the latter, I was super excited to see what Bolivia had to offer and determined to find some delicious Bolivian food. Here in Copacabana, you can eat your body weight in trout. Interesingly, the trout consumed by the ... read more
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At The Border
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Dragging myself from the oxygen deprived city of La Paz, I booked myself yet another bus headed North to Copacabana, Bolivia (yes I could not stop the song in my head) which was to be my jumping point into Peru. As a bonus Copacabana is right on the shores of Lake Titicaca, try not to laugh, which sits at a dizzying 12,500ft and according to Inca legend is the birthplace of the sun. This seemed like a good segue into Peru so I decided to stop and spend the night on the island and enjoy a sun filled day of hiking and get a first glimpse of Inca lore. After a good night's sleep in Copacabana I set out the next morning and caught the first boat bound for the two hour journey to Isla del ... read more
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Parc Torotoro - du 12 au 16 avril 2016 Isla del Sol - du 19 au 22 avril 2016 Dans un tout autre registre que nos précédentes découvertes boliviennes, nous avons eu la chance de randonner dans deux régions très reculées où vivent des gens complètement à l'ancienne, parfois sans eau courante... le parc Torotoro et la Isla del Sol. Rien que pour s'y rendre, c'est une aventure en soi ! Pour le parc Torotoro, rien de moins que cinq heures de bus sur un chemin de terre montagneux et tortueux...pour parcourir 130 kilomètres! On s'y rend à partir d'une ville du nord de la Bolivie, Cochabamba, ville que nous avons traversé par une journée de grève générale...pas un seul bus pour relier les 3 kms qui séparent la gare routière du départ du bus, des ... read more
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Salimos de la Paz rumbo al lago mas alto del mundo. Un lago que parece un mar. Un lago rodeado por dos países. Un lago con historia. Un lago inca. Un lago con la Cordillera Real (6000m) a su espalda. Pero también con una isla! La Isla del Sol que te enamora desde el primer momento en que la pisas. Llegando antes de lo previsto a Copacabana, tomamos la ultima barca hacia la isla, pero a la parte norte, a la comunidad Challapampa. Y después de 2h ves un pequeño puerto y una hilera de casas detrás, y un burro, y cerdos y cerditos, y patos, y gallinas, y ovejas. Y es cuando observas el cuadro entero que te das cuenta de lo bonito que es, y de una paz que te llena en el momento! ... read more
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Yesterday was another hopping off point for an adventure. First, on the docks everyone was preparing to embark on the journey to the island of the sun. It was great because all of these different small boats were leaving at the same time. So the entire way there it was like we were all playfully facing each other and pointing the way. Before our boat set off these three Argentinian traveling musicians/flower children got on and after a few words in Spanish began to play. They were so enthusiastic, other worldly, and bohemian that I couldn't help but be enchanted with them. That the two girls were gorgeous certainly did not hurt. After a couple of songs they disembarked the boat collecting bolivianos along the way and with that boat shook off its tethers and zoomed ... read more
The Grueling Path Begins
The Road Traveled
Dockside and the Cordilla Real


I feel compelled to write. I was eating my meal of trucsha, potato, and rice in this remote village on Isla del Sol. It was pitch black outside, an Andean cold inside, and this girl on the other side of the room was skyping with her mother. If this is the new direction of travel let me be the first to say I do not like it. Travel is supposed to be an unhooking experience. You let go of all your connections, forgoe the familiar, and trudge off into the unknown. This is how travel can change you and the direction you might take. You are free to see the world and yourself in a different light. It can also expose things about yourself that you never realized or had forgotten. I purposely left my phone ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Isla del Sol February 11th 2015

We got on the boat to get to Isla de Sol which is located in the middle of Lake Titicaca. We sat down on the top deck with a bunch of 14 Argentinians from Buenos Aires who had come to Bolivia to dance caporalles, one of the dances danced in Carnaval . They were rowdy, laughing and joking and after an hour into the boat trip, they had finished two litres of some blue syrupy sweet cocktail. For the last half hour of the boat trip they were very drunk, all singing songs about the dance and waving bottles of cocktail in the air. Half way through the boat ride we got caught in a hail storm and it was really cold and windy, but fun. Once we arrived on the island Ronald and I, and ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Isla del Sol February 11th 2015

We were sold a Cruz Andina each - a piece of jewellery shaped in the form of a cross representing a sacred part of indigenous' people's history. The Andean Cross pre-Inca represented 13 months of the calendar year, and represented three important seasons. 21st March was the summer solstice, 21st June when the energy would enter the earth through the sun and 21stSeptember when the women would come and plant seeds in the ground and look after the earth. The 3 seasons were represented by the sky, the earth and the undergrowth? and these elements were represented by a condor (the sky), a puma (the earth) and a snake (the undergrowth) The Incas living on the Isla del Sol, every 6 months would sacrifice virgin women to the Madre Pachimana (God of the Earth) in order ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Isla del Sol December 29th 2014

The next day we headed back towards the Peruvian border for Copacabana and Lake Titicaca. The lake is the highest inhabited body of water in the world and by this time both of us were feeling the full effects at being at high altitude – headaches, lack of appetite, upset stomach, fatigue, etc. A few new friends from our hostel in La Paz were heading there too so we had a little tour group to get the bus and ferry to the Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun). After checking in to whatever accommodation we could find, we set of on foot to explore the town of Yumani on the southern end of the island. Several places seemed closed and we wandered if it was just a bit of a sleepy town but then we ... read more
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Views of Lake Titicaca
Views of Lake Titicaca

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Isla del Sol December 27th 2014

This isn't a blog, just a message. We put 30 photos in our last blog but only 21 appear on the first page. To view the rest you need to click on to page 2 when you get to the end of page 1. ... read more




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