Last stop in Bolivia
07.09.2010 - 09.09.2010 0 °C
So there was supposed to be a "La Paz pt. 2" post but the day (and moreover the night) we spent there we'd sooner forget so I'll move on. Anyway, after the day in La Paz that we'd rather forget, me, Chris and Sanjay got a bus to the lakeside town of Copacabana. Only just inside the Peru-Bolivia border, the town is an excellent stop-off point to head out to lake Titicaca (the largest lake in South America and at about 3500m, pretty bloody high) and the sacred Isla del Sol (island of the sun). Situated fairly centrally in lake titicaca, the island was occupied by the Incas around the 15th century and believed to be the birthplace of the sun god. There are still a few Incan ruins but because we ended up taking a rather off-piste route across the island the only one we saw was the main labyrinth-like structure at the northern point.
The views across the lake were stunning and wandering through the small, shady villages which pepper the island was, while hard work due to the terrain and altitude, really peaceful. Cows, pigs, sheep and llamas seemed to roam almost at will round the island and the only noise came from the occasional braying of donkeys. When we finally reached the southern side of the island we had a well-deserved cold beer and watched the sunset. It would have been almost romantic if Chris hadn't have insisted on keeping us updated on the condition of his bowels.