Lake Titikaka


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Published: July 21st 2012
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Finally getting ready to leave Bolivia. Wow, we did NOT plan on being here so long, but it has been a great time. Caught a bus from La Paz to Copacabana (not in Brazil, it´s a big town on the shore of Lake Titikaka), about 3 hours. We got in rather late, so we watched the sunset over the water and had some fresh fish (only place in Bolivia, as it´s a landlocked country). We took advantage of our last hot shower for a while and then the next morning set off. We hiked for almost 8 hours up the peninsula, headed towards Isla del Sol. It was long, it was high up, and a LOT of uphill, so it was quite taxing. We stopped at this crazy Bolivian who wanted to show us literally about 100 postcards. He ofered us a room, and we were beat, so we took it, and piloed on the blankets (its freezing there!!). In the morning we finished our hike to Yampupata, and took a boat to Isla del Sol. We checked out the ruins of the sun, where the sun was supposedly born, then hiked to the largest town on the island. Stopped for
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from Copacabana to Isla del Sol
some food, then continued our trek. When we could hike no more, we pulled off the path and made camp behind a stand of eucalyptus trees, among a bunch of thyme. Nice smelling place. Tried to make a fire, but all we had was dead leaves and bark, no branches...it didn´t last long. Finally just played some cards and passed out. The next morning I woke up feeling absolutely horrible. I had gotten food poisoning. We tried to make it across the island anyway (i was determined), but eventually I gave up. We laid on a beach for a while and had a snack, and then headed back to camp. After spending another night, we took a boat back to Copacabana, and then hopped on a bus to Puno, then headed to Cuzco, Peru. Bye, Bolivia!!!


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Viewed from the birthplace of the sun on Isla del Sol


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