07.01.2009 - 08.01.2009
Between Bolivia and Peru lies the highest lake in the world called Lake Titicaca. We decided to go visit it on the way to Peru but to see it from the Bolivian side where you stay in a town called Copacabana and take boats onto the Island from here. We are really positively suprised by Copacabana. It is small but really cosy and has a really laid back and hippiish feeling to it. We stay in a hotel right at the shore of the lake which has fab views of the lake from our bed room. That night we have the nicest trout ever- seriously good food and would stay longer in Copacabana just for the fish.
Next morning we take a boat over to Isla del Sol which is one of the Islands on Copacabana. it is possible the the most uncomfortable and crammed boat ever which does not bode well for Martin who really suffers from motion sickness. Boat ride takes like three hours and the scenery is fab. When we arrive we are told that we have two options- we can either walk from one side to he Island to the other or catch the boat from the same spot in the afternoon. We decide to do the walk which takes 3 or 4 hours. The day is fab and on the way across the Island we see Inca sites, loads of animals (donkeys, pigs- huge and tiny ones, sheep ect.- might not sound too exciting but really was cool to literally bump into all these animals) and met a lot of locals on the way. The most important thing was the scenery which is amazing. As with everything one really has to be there to see it for oneself.
Despite the altitude it was a scorching day hence the Josef and Maria headgear on the pictures (thanks Daniel) and the walk was a pretty tough one. Although as we will be about to discover as we do other treks really a piece of cake. As we arrive to the south side of the island we are pretty tired but have a nice picnic by the water. On the way back the boat takes us to see some floationg island which Lake Titicaca is famous for. Basically whole villages, boats, tables...everything are built of reeds and they live on them as they float on the water. Incredible. Unfortunately the ones we vistied were totally turisty and tiny and there were jjust there for show so a bait disappointing. However, if you visit Lake Titicaca from the Peruvian side it is possible to visit the genuine floating islands and you can stay over on them.