Isle Del Sol
29.05.2012 - 30.05.2012 25 °C
Myself, Maureen and Kelli headed for Copacabana/ Lake Titicaca. Sometimes referred to the highest lake in the world, for its altitude, we were all really excited to leave the bustling city of La Paz behind and visit this extremely beautiful lake.
The bus journey took us up to North Bolivia, just bordering with Peru, and we arrived in Copacabana, where we booked onto a boat for 2 hours later to take is to the Isle Del Sol, or the Sun Island. This sat on the lake along with Isle del Luna - Moon Island. While we waited for our boat we took some time to wander around Copacabana, which isnt at all like the Copacabana in Rio! It is more like a sea side town, with lots of bars and resturants all claiming to do the best lunch deals, but mainly all serve the same thing. 3 courses which work out to be about a fiver, and consists of watery soup, fish and mash and a cheescake of some sort. Not bad after a 12 hour bus journey I suppose!!
The boat over to the Island was an hour and a half and as we approached it, it didnt look like there was much going on at all, lots of tourists waiting to catch our boat back and a few locals hanging around and plugging their hostels to us. We were told by a few people not to stay too near to the lake as a lot of the guest houses had no hot water and electricity, which wouldnt have been a problem, if it hadnt had been so cold at night. The altitude made the day times so hot and sunny and the night time ridiculously cold.
After climbing what felt like a thousand and ten steps, with our heavy back packs on, we reached the hostel we had been taken too by two young, cheeky boys. They only knew a few sentences in english, and they consisted of how much the hostel was per night, "hot showers" and "good hostel", needless to say the owners tried to charge us extra when we got right to the top of this massive hill and there were no hot showers! But we were on the hugest lake ever and that was all that mattered!
From an Island that didnt look like it had much on it, once you walked around the winding tracks, we discovered a village of shops, resturants, houses and schools, it was gorgeous to see a whole community had placed itself onto this island, like a completely different world, cut off by all surrounding main land. It was beautiful.
We watched the sun go down on the very top of the hill, which set behind the sun towers. There were many resturants on the Island, all selling the same menu, pretty much, but we struggled to find one that was open, we had arrived in their winter season so not as many tourists to serve.
That night was freezing, and we had dinner and went to bed pretty early. We had an amazing day, so glad we came to Lake Titicaca. There are many opportunities to trek around the Island as well as boat rides, as we only stayed for a day and a nigt we just wanted to enjoy the peacefulness and relax a bit, knowing i had a 27hour bus journey coming up was tiring even thinking about.
We caught the boat back to Copacabana the next day. It was so warm, such a contrast to the night time. I helped the girls find a hostel to stay in that night, and they helped me find my bus.
This is the last time I would have travelled with the both of them, as I am now leaving Bolivia to Peru to meet Katie! so so excited, sad to leave the girls, an end of an era almost, but we will meet again in Cusco in a few days.
Now i start the begginning of a very tiresome 27 hour bus journey from Copacabana to Lima, stopping off at the Floating Islands.....