Copacabana is the prime jumping off point to cross lake Titicaca into Peru and the sacred Isle de Sol.
Just 4 hours from La Paz and miles away in noise. Some people hate Copacabana some love it, we loved it. The local walks and views across the Lake are stunning, just up a very steep hill from where we were staying is an old shrine and cemetery.
Views from the hill top.
Copacabana also has a really impressive Basilica, the inside is stunning but no photos are allowed so you will just have to google it or take my word.
A 2 hour small boat journey from Copacabana to the Isle de Sol shows you just how big lake Titicaca is. it´s huge 195 km in length and supposedly 63km at its widest. Making it the Highest large volume lake in the world At 3800 mts.
The Isle de Sol is OK we were expecting more. Perhaps the previous days walks around the coastline of Copacabana had been just too good. However we still managed a 8km coastal walk from the North of the Isle to the South.
Isle de Sol.
From Copacabana we took the bus to Peru ( Puno ) This turned out to be a bit of a farce but typified what is going on in Bolivia at this present time.
We set off at 0800 on the bus and after just 5 minutes we hit a road blockade, this was part of a national day of disruption in protest at the rise in local bus fares ( from about 9p to 14p ) per local journey. Our only option was to either turn back and try again tomorrow or charter a small boat to take us across Lake Titicaca into Peru, so this is what we did. When we arrived on the Peru side of the lake we had to climb up a muddy bank (in the rain and with full packs ) and proceded to hike about 1km to the Bolivian boarder post, from there we walked to the Peru post to get our passports stamped and our entry visa validated. Then we caught the bus to Puno ! Simple.
End of Copacabana and Bolivian Blogs.