Blogs from Lake Titicaca, La Paz Department, Bolivia, South America


South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Lake Titicaca September 6th 2018

Country number 4, Bolivia! What better way to enter the country by spending some time at Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at 3800 masl that's almost equally split between Peru and Bolivia. We decided that the Peru side would be too touristy and heard that a small town called Copacabana (not to be confused with the Brazilian beach) was a more idyllic and relaxed place to be. It surely didn't disappoint! It coincided with our 3 year wedding anniversary so we treated ourselves to the iconic Los Olas accommodation with rooms that have no doubt been inspired and built after a trip to Barcelona accompanied with a sensational view of the bay. We reckon we had the best accommodation (each room being a different design and size, including a sea shell!) and ... read more
Our Accommodation View
Isla Del Sol
Isla Del Sol

It is not every day you take a bus and are asked to leave the bus, take a boat across the water whilst your bus travels on a small wooden boat across the water, for you to hopefully meet it on the other side, but that’s exactly what happened on the way to Copacabana. The town itself, Copacabana is situated right on the bank of Lake Titicaca. When we arrived we hadn’t noticed google maps had decided to change our hotel to a different hotel. After checking in and getting to our room we then realised we were in the wrong place and had to sheepishly check out and find our right hostel. Our first day we headed up the hill next to the ... read more
Top of Cerro Calvario, Copacabana

Il taxi ci scarica appena fuori città, dove inizia il blocco. Camminiamo per file chilometriche di tir sparsi lungo la strada, gente che campeggia ai bordi delle strade, che dorme sotto i camion, anziane che camminano con il loro aguayo carico sotto il sole e noi con le valigie. Ci tocca il solito bus tra le galline, a meno che non vogliamo camminare per altri 10km di tir. Appena dopo il blocco comincia la guerra di taxi abusivi e pseudo bus a caricare la gente disperata. Anche la benzina comincia a scarseggiare in un paese immobile, ogni bus potrebbe essere l'ultimo! L'unica destinazione possibile è Potosì. Aspetteremo circa 3-4 ore prima che Alessia riesca a trovcarci un....qualcosa per muoverci da lì. L' autista ci avvisa subito che il bus non sta messo bene. Tradotto, facciamo un ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Lake Titicaca September 2nd 2015

16/06/15 Op naar Bolivia. 16-17/06/15 Lago Titicaca/Copacabana/Isla del sol Ik vertrok gisterenavond rond 22 uur vanuit Cusco richting Puno om vervolgens na enkele uren wachten in de busterminal rond 7 uur s'morgens een tweede bus te nemen richting Copacabana. De grensovergang ging heel vlot wat best wel aangenaam was. "Lago Titicaca", het werelds grootste hoogst gelegen meer op 3808 meter. De inca's geloofden dat dit hun geboorteplaats was. Het Zuid gedeelte van het meer is in Bolivia gelegen met als grootste stad Copacabana, een toeristisch maar best wel aangenaam stadje. Vandaar uit vertrekken de meeste ferry's richting het gekende "Isla del sol", het grootste eiland in het meer gelegen. Na enkele inkopen en mijn eerste "mercado" maaltijd in Bolivia vertrok ik met twee Brazilianen, Flora en Jorcelino, richting het zonnige eiland. Het werd gelukkig een uur ... read more
Lago Titicaca
Lago Titicaca
Lago Titicaca

The view from our cabin on Isla del Sol was superb! The mighty Lake Titicaca (titi and caca in the same word – hee hee!), the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera and incredible skies surrounded us. The surface of the lake is over 3800 metres above sea level and our cabin was a very challenging hike up another hill. Dave’s GPS showed our cabin just shy of 4000 metres! We spent most of our four day stay wandering around exploring the trails and beautiful landscapes of the traffic-free island. The island is dotted with Inca ruins and small villages. We loved the terraced gardens and we enjoyed the exquisite tranquility. Everywhere we looked there were burros (donkeys) and llamas. Sheep, cats and dogs were also a lesser part of the domesticated animal population and we may ... read more
Inca Ruins

After the best night's sleep I have had on this trip, I woke up in time to enjoy some breakfast. True, my day was almost ruined when the only coffee available was instant, but Traveler Brendan stepped in and sternly lectured Pamper Brendan. We all came to agreement that part of traveling is leaving home behind and stepping out of our comfort zone. Ok, so I may have exaggerated this just a bit, since the coffee really wasn't even a blip on my radar, but I did think that it made for a good dramatic intro to the blog. After a nice breakfast, Sylvia and I walked to the lake to board a small boat for the hour trip to Sun Island. It was once again a beautiful day. I cannot get over how vibrant the ... read more
Port, Boat, Clouds
Lonely Boatman
Best Quinoa Soup Ever!

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Lake Titicaca February 22nd 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 ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Lake Titicaca February 15th 2014

After two weeks in Cusco it was time to move on. We made Puno, the second most visited city in Peru, our first stop. Sitting on the border between Peru and Bolivia, Puno is not only home to the highest lake in the world, Lake Titicaca, but also houses the famous floating islands of the Uros people, with whom we had the pleasure to spend the day. As I was soon to discover, the lake had a lot to offer and for each day that I spent on it my admiration for it grew. That very same afternoon we crossed the border into Bolivia and made our way to Copacabana where we quickly busted the myth about "dirt-cheap Bolivia" (admittedly we were staying at the hotel from The Shining but that's besides the point). The next ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Lake Titicaca December 14th 2013

After Machu Picchu we spent one more night and day in Cusco just chilling (literally) out and running a few errands. The next day we started our journey towards the Titicaca lake, which lies between Peru and Bolivia. We found a cool way to make the long bus journey from Cusco to the town of Puno on the Peruvian side of the lake; instead of taking a normal one, we took a sightseeing bus, which stopped along the way at several interesting sights, that way the trip felt more like being on a tour rather than just a very long bus journey. The tour included visiting a church, an archeological site and a museum, and stopping at a viewing point for taking pictures of snowcapped mountains. Puno didn’t seem like a very nice place, just busy ... read more
small islands next to Isla del Sol
there were many pigs roaming freely
Isla del Sol has beautiful beaches

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Lake Titicaca September 3rd 2013

Arrivés au terminal de Puno, un rameuteur nous propose un pack îles Uros + trajet en car vers Copacabana. Après avoir laissés nos sacs dans l'agence, nous nous dirigeons vers le centre-ville. Puno, c'est vraiment pas très beau : sur le chemin, beaucoup d'immeubles à l'abandon. Nous arrivons sur la Plaza de Armas vers 6h ; tout est fermé, et il fait froid. On bouge un peu dans les rues alentours avant de trouver un "casino" chauffé qui ouvre à 7h. Nous patientions un peu avant d'aller jouer sur des machines de poker où Hadrien va être en veine et nous rapporter plus de 5 Soles ! Après cet incroyable gain, nous allons faire le plein dans une pâtisserie du coin. Un minibus nous emmène ensuite de la place jusqu'au port. Première vue sur le lac ... read more
Cireur de pompes, un métier d'avenir !
Lac Titicaca

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