Blogs from Lake Titicaca, La Paz Department, Bolivia, South America - page 9


Cusco - Puno - Lake Titicaca - La Paz So we got the First Class (the name of the bus) to Puno from Cusco - 8 hours, 3 stops. Definitely recommend it, as it breaks the long journey. Stopped at Andahuaylillas, yet another church, dubbed the ‘Sistine Chapel’ of South America, but nah, don’t think so, just another tourist puller. The second stop in Raqchi was better - amazing Andean scenery (haven{t got sick of the mountains), old Inca temples, vast farming space, simple and unobtrusive local housing, wild vicunias and llamas running around. We then stopped at this random dusty town, walking through typical markets selling all kinds from dead snakes (for medicinal purposes), to cocaine leaves to kitchen sinks. Was nice to see traditionally dressed women - big puffy skirts, bowler hats, two ... read more
Market town on the outskirts of Puno
Uros Island
Getting a boat, made of reed

July 9 So, we are driving to Peru and of all things, it is snowing. Snowing! Not just flurries either, the treetops are covered. This has been a really surreal morning. Anyway I left off talking about El Alto. The three days that followed were good, we had fewer lectures and a little more free time, but not much. I spent most of it shopping, drinking (noninstant) coffee (hurrah!), and fighting with people in my program. This I am serious about, I think we have all had a little too much tgrness. Coupled with the long, exhaustive days filled with lectures in a language some of us can't understand at all much less well, and the majority of the group being sick (I am so completely amazed that I haven't been sick yet), I can't say ... read more

Ok, time for another update for all those who are eagerly waiting to see what has been going on over here since the last story. Watch out, it’s a long one! After leaving you all since the climb Kev, Dave and I have been cramming in the action. We are starting to get to the point where we need a holiday by the beach for a while to get over all this adventure! However, this is what happened next….. Death Road. (Or, as the politically correct companies now have to call it…) The Worlds Most Dangerous Road Now, its hard to find or even hear from people absolute statistics about this road, but on average, it is estimated 200 people die a year travelling along it. The road itself was built in 1935 yet the ... read more
Looking down the valley
Looking down the valley
Small drop off

The first stop on our Lake Titicaca itinerary was Copacabana. We didn´t see any show girls called Lola, but there were a large number of hippies that must have arrived and never left. We took an instant liking to ´Copa´. It was small and beachy, the weather was warm (despite being at 3,800m above sea level), and there were lots of cheap places to gorge ourselves on trout. Ben was so excited, he went for his second run since we arrived in South America. He decided to race up the hill behind the town. It happened to be Corpus Christi - Picture the sight: Ben, in his stubbies and singlet, leaping past thousands of puffing pilgrims in their Sunday best trekking to see the virgin at the top of the hill. Ben was rewarded for his ... read more
The young and the old
Inca road
Inca steps

On to the next stage of our amazing journey and we arrived in Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, taking our first rickshaw. At last we got to say Adios to Kate´s fingernail, someone in the rickshaw is in for a nasty surprise! oops! The next day we started a 2 day tour of the islands in the Peruvian half of the lake. First, the oh so amazing floating islands built of reeds. They were absolutely bizarre and it felt like you could fall straight through them. Not sure how anyone came up with the idea of escaping the incas by moving onto the lake! On our way to the next proper island, our boat crashed into the reed beds and we had to be rescued by a very amused boat man. So funny! ... read more
View from Taquile
Copacabana sunset
Tiwanuku sun worshipping

On the way out of Bolivia towards Peru, there is a giant lake, the highest navigatable lake in the world called Lake Titicaca. It looks like the ocean as the other side is over the horizon. There is a lot of history around here with the Incas inhabiting the islands and surrounds untill the invasion of the Spanish. One of the more well known was Isle de Sol near the beautiful town of Copacabana. Copacabana is a great place, revolving around the lake and local water activities. There are many shops selling the local trout which is cheap and very nice. That was our meal of choice over our visit. Again we hired motorbikes and saw some nearby villages. There was a rally car race that we passed, and saw them come flying around a ... read more
Some bright punts
The twighlight view at Copa
Good way to check out the town

Journées des samedi 2 & dimanche 3 Réveil vers 8h. Je prends quelques photos de la vue de l'appart', Liliana dort encore. Je m'apprête, je prends un kawa et attends son réveil pour lever le camp. Elle se lève vers 10h, elle se prépare, je la retrouve à 11h. Je suis vert, ça ma niqué ma matinée. Je la remercie pour tout et lui dis que nous verons par mel comment nous faisons pour nous retrouver demain ou après-demain. Elle m'emmène dans le salon, elle est triste, elle veut que je reste avec elle. Je lui dis que je n'ai pas le temps, je suis super charrette sur mon planning et je ne veux pas toucher au jours que je me réserve pour Santiago. Je dois retrouver mon poto Clément et sa Julie. Hors de ... read more
La Paz
Copacabana (2)
Lago Copacabana (10)

written by Miss Wendy O Goodbye warm climate, And who is stealing my oxygen!!! After a cancelled bus, hanging out at a bus stations for several hours, a 7hr stinky bus to Puno then another 4hr bus ride across the border to Copacabana in Bolivia, we finally had a shower and de-shelled. At 3,800m above sea level, Copacabana altitude certainly made us all walk slow. It rests on the south tip of Lake Titicaca, the worlds highest navigable lake. Lake Titicaca is absolutely stunning. The morning sunrise gradually glistens in the massive lake, highlighting the tips of the surrounding mountains just as the village awakens and the bustling market opens. Most of the locals are indiginous and wear traditional Quecha gear. The chicas wear long, flowing, colourful skirts, bowler hats and carry their products to the ... read more
The Cathedral in Copacabana
Local chica
Granny and Grandson

Well what a way to spend a birthday a 28th at that! Before going to Amantani Island where we stayed the night with a family we visited other islands. The first stop after a very, very slow ferry trip was Taquile Island. On board the boat on the way our guide Perry taught us some more Quechuan to use on the island. Taquile Island is famous for textiles. We marched ourselves up the hill with amazing views over the lake to a cosy little place where we were given a demonstration of textiles being made by the women and items being knitted by the men. They use all natural dyes and everything is handmade. Boys start knitting from a very young age and girls marry very young. There are different types of beanies for people ... read more
Taquile Island
Taquile Island
Taquile Island

Ok...first off...I have gotten SO behind with this...and for that I apologize! My first excuse is that there were really poopy internet places in Bolivia...and my second excuse is that for some of the last little while we were in the middle of the Inca Trail up to Machu Picchu with no running water, let alone internet access!!! And my third excuse is that .. well, I admit, I guess we've just been having so much fun!!! I am currently in Cusco, Peru..without Callie and Mike (her boyfriend who came to do the hike to Machu Picchu with us)..and with my parents! So that's quite a change! The whole 2.5 months with Callie was sad to see her go! The Inca Trail with Callie, Mike and the rest of our group was certainly a cool ... read more

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