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Published: March 14th 2014
With our next destination in mind, it was time to leave La Paz and head to one of Bolivia and Puru's most famous high altitude, watery attractions; Lake Titicaca. We decided to jump aboard a local bus for the three hour journey to the picturesque lakeside town of Copacobanna on the Bolivian side of the lake. With no idea what to expect, we were very happy to discover a charming little town surrounded by tall hills which you can walk up for a great view of the lake and local area. As soon as we arrived, we quickly found a hostel, dumped our bags and headed straight up one of the hills. A pretty steep, slightly breathless 30 minute walk later and we reached the top where we were greeted with stunning views across the lake and town. With the sun glistening off the surface of the huge lake, clear blue skies and stunning views, it seemed like the perfect place to take a seat atop a rock. Beer in hand (they had little stalls selling beers), we sat there for a couple of hours sipping our beers, enjoying the views and waiting for the sun to set. Sun set, we
headed back down to the hostel, got changed and grabbed a bite to eat. Being on the lake we both decided to go for the local speciality; trout. Satisfied with our yummy dinner, it was now time for bed as we had an early boat to catch the next morning.
Just enough time for a quick brekkie and we were heading down to the dock to catch the first boat of the day over to Isla Del Sol (Island of the Sun). One and a half hours later and we had arrived at the south end of the island, which is where we would be staying for the night. With our main packs and day bags in tow, we had no idea of the obstacle in front of us...a huge, incredibly steep hill up to where the hostels are located. As it is not possible to pre-book places to stay online, it was a bit of a scramble up the hill to beat other keeno's to the best places. En route, we once again bumped into Matt and Vic and eventually decided on a place we were happy with, made ourselves at home and got ready for the hike
ahead. We had arranged to meet Matt and Vic at midday to take a stroll from the south end of the island, up to the north and back.
We set off a little after 12 and took the coastal path along the east side of the island. Winding its way through tiny rural villages, woods, beaches and hill tops, it was a stunning walk. We stopped a few times along the way to sit and enjoy the amazing views and to relax with a drink or ice cream. A few hours later and we had arrived at the north end of the island where there were a number of inca ruins situated. After a good look around, it was time to start heading back down to the south end of the island. As time was ticking by and with only a couple of hours until sunset, the race was on. With the route back being far more direct straight over the top of the island, we weren't too worried, our only concern was our dwindling supply of water. Banking on there being more places to buy water along the way, we necked the rest for an added boost of
energy and cracked on. The water stops came...they weren't open!!! Two hours later, dying of thirst and not a drop between the four of us, we eventually got back just before darkness to what seemed like a desert oasis; water at last.
A pretty town, beautiful island and stunning views, Titicaca had certainly impressed from Bolivia's side! The next morning we were going to be catching the boat back to the main land and saying goodbye to Bolivia.
Titicaca part two...next stop Puno.
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