Blogs from Lake Titicaca, La Paz Department, Bolivia, South America - page 7


South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Lake Titicaca January 26th 2009

Hello Uuurrrrgh what a journey! We last left you in Uyuni in the South of Bolivia and our next destination was to be Copacabana, in the far North - a trip that was made up of a 13hr bus ride taking us to La Paz and then another 4hr bus ride from there. When our luxury bus arrived in Uyuni we felt quite smug that we´d manage to book early enough to get the seats at the very front on the top deck and so tonnes of room. It turned out to be a prime viewpoint for the journey ahead. We off-roaded through dessert, followed haphazard diversions which took us toppleing down embankments (for which we were holding our breath as we were sure we were about to capsize!) and drove through flooded rivers (the run-up ... read more
View from the bus
Flower sellers
Our bus crossing Lake Titicaca

Russ and I left Santa Cruz for a small jungle town in called Samaipata 3 hours west. In between two towns on the way there were 116 speed bumbs. We took a sweet hike through the mountainous jungle and we met an awsome french couple with whom we left the next day inorder to make it to a music festival on the Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca for new years. The festival was a bit underwelming because there were not that many people but the location for new years was unto itself a once in a life time experience. Russ and I camped out on this sweet ridge with insane views of the lake but it was super windy there too and the second night it rained all night and my stuff got all wet. ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Lake Titicaca December 27th 2008

A 6hour journey from La Paz to Peru we stopped at Lake Titicaca to check out the worlds highest lake... read more
Lake Titicaca(copacabana)
Lake Titicaca(copacabana)
Lake Titicaca(copacabana)

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Lake Titicaca December 16th 2008

Hey all, "Sorry it´s been rather a long time since we did one of these" "How have you been?" "Really, that sounds painful, but I´m sure you can get some cream for it" Anyway, on with the updates. After the jungle trip we headed to the relative safety of Lake Titicaca, which is either the highest navigable lake in the world or not the highest navigable lake in the world depending which person / guidebook you believe. Either way it's pretty high at 3,820m above sea level and is also rather beautiful. The lake straddles the border between Bolivia and Peru and our first stop was Copacabana, a small town on the shores on the Bolivian side. We intended to stay in Copacabana for a couple of days, taking boat trips to the local islands where ... read more
Floating Island
Convent cloisters
More sunset

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Lake Titicaca November 8th 2008

As always apologies as the blog is nearly a month behind we I will try to fill in whar happened after La Paz. We left La Paz to begin the journey up to Cusco in Peru, with the constant aim of making it in time for the inca trail, and we were on schedule. We travelled north from La Paz to Lake Titicaca, one of the worlds highest lakes at around 3,800 metres above sea level. It was an incredible experience to drive across the mountains at such high altitude to then meet what literally looks like the sea. The lake is roughly 50 miles by 115 miles spanning both Bolivia and Peru, and so is huge (and has been described as an in-land sea), and is also very beautiful. The water is a striking ... read more
Sunset over Titicaca

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Lake Titicaca October 22nd 2008

Hola again!! We got the bus to Copacabana, which is a small town nestled between 2 hills on the southern side of Lake Titicaca, on Sunday morning which took about 4 hours, including crossing the lake on bus by driving on to what can only be described as a big plank of wood with a motor on it! I was convinced we were going to fall in but we didnt! :o) We found a nice little hostel in Copacabana with a view of the lake, although not for much longer as they are building bigger hotels everywhere blocking out the poor little hostels! We spent the afternoon having lunch and wandering around the lake and the little town! Copacabana is very touristy but very cute all the same! The next morning we got the 8:30am boat ... read more
Marieke and me on Copacabana beach!
Sunset in Copacabana!

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Lake Titicaca September 29th 2008

Schon als Kind habe ich von dem See gehoert - das war damals was ganz Exotisches. Ein besonderes Gefuehl, wenn man ploetzlich dann dort ist - am Titicacasee. 2 Tage in Copacabana (na ja, reicht in Waerme und Strandqualitaet nicht an seinen grossen Namensgeber ran) und 2 Tage Trekking auf der Isla del Sol. Copacabana ist recht touristisch, aber ein sehr angenehmer und entspannter kleiner Ort. Besonders empfehlenswert ist der westliche Huegel der Stadt. Wir sind zum Sonnenuntergang hinaufgeklettert und hatten einen tollen Blick ueber den See. Zu unserer grossen Freude haben wir beim Abendessen zufaellig Al und Aliston getroffen, die wir in der Sprachschule in Quito kennengelernt haben. Sie kamen gerade nach langer Busfahrt aus Cusco. Es ware ein froehliches Wiedersehen bei ein paar Pacenas (gutes bolivianisches Bierchen). Auf der Isla del Sol haben wir ... read more
Wo gehts denn hier zum See?
Sonnenuntergang in Copacabana

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Lake Titicaca September 28th 2008

Nope, we haven´t leapfrogged into Brazil, this is the less famous Copa beach on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. And we´re on holiday...the sun is out, the water is twinkling and we´re putting our feet up for a well earned rest!!! It´s a pretty little town dominated by a beautiful white Moorish style cathedral that glistens against the bright blue sky. Beach stalls selling bbq trout line the shore, and a few bars with a hippy vibe. We make ourselves at home with a sundowner, followed by a few more and some tasty dinner, and a nightcap listening to some live tango guitar in a small bar. The next day we´re up and at ´em starting with a walk down the pebble beach. It´s pretty dirty with lots of broken glass and plastic bags and ... read more
the cathedral
more cathedral
cathedral with Cerro Calvario in the background

Having arrived in Copacobana, via another of Bolivias lovely buses!! I found my hotel ,and it was literally on the shores of Lake Titicaca - The view was superb. I arranged to go on a boat trip over to the Isle Del Sol the following day - The island was believed to be the the birthplace of the sungod of the Incas. It was a lovely bu gruelling day, as it involved trekking up and down mountain peaks at over 4000m above sea level, for about 10km. I was a dead man crawling by the end of the day, and was glad that the boat journey back took nearly 2hrs, as it gave me a chance to collapse!!! Once I was back at the hotel, I was just in time to see the sunset over the ... read more
Lake Titicaca from Isle Del Sol 1
I just want to Collapse
Lake Titicaca from Isle Del Sol 2

Lake Titicaca Having a strong cold and deciding to go to Lake Titicaca at 3800m is not exactly the smartest idea of all, but then I didn´t want to stay in Arequipa forever. So I jumped on the bus to Puno on the peruvian Titicaca shore, and from there straight on to Copacabana, Bolivia. And got stuck there. Copacabana Copacabana is a quaint little village on the lakeshore, and it is a major traveller's hangout. There are an incredible amount of cheap places to stay, and a lot of groovy places to eat, drink coffee, and drink the night away with other travellers, or people who simply got stuck here. But the best thing of course is the amazing view of sparkling blue Lake Titicaca, with contstantly good wheather, and the air so thin that it ... read more

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