Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Bolivia - Copacabana

We get the early bus at 7.30am from Puno to Copacabana, after paying the obligatory departure tax at the bus station (another scam I think). After a couple of hours we arrive at the Peru-Bolivia border crossing. We have to leave the bus to queue and get our exit stamps and are then told to walk 300m across ¨no man´s land¨ to enter Bolivia and go through immigration there. Getting back on the bus we drive the remaining 8km into Copacabana, a laid back village on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We find a cheap and chearful hostel near the main square and head out.

The town thrives on tourism, so before long myself and Al have 2 boat tickets to Isla del Sol, the ancient island of the Incas. Really beautiful place, but we spend more time getting there than we do on the island, which was slightly dissapointing. Still feeling out of breath though, as on the island we are at 4000m above sea level, and walking up Inca stairs to get a better view doesn't help... Still, Isla del Sol is beautiful and well worth the trip.