After 3 exciting weeks in Bolivia, we have reached our last stop, not less exceptional than the others : Copacabana, the start point to anyone keen to reach the shores of the Isla del Sol (Island of Sun). Do not get confuse with Copacabana in Bresil or the even Copacabana in NSW, Australia.
Copacabana is only a few hours away from La Paz. When leaving La Paz around 8am, you arrive just on time for lunch at Copacabana. The journey is not straight forward as at some stage you need to get off the bus to embark on a boat for a 10 minutes ride. This is the way for the bus to reach Copacabana without crossing the Peruvian border.
Once out of La Paz, the travel is nice and smooth. You can as well see the Cordillera Real, home of the Huyana Potosi (we climb the week before) and the start point of the Death Road the bike adventure..
Here the google map showing our journey from La Paz to Copacabana and as well our journey around the Island of Sun :
We spend a full day in Copacabana which is a popular destination during the weekend for all the La Paz people looking for fresh air and something looking like to a sea.
We can eat there for 2.5$ some excellent trout while admiring the view on a lake we cannot even see the other side.
We climb then to the view point (Cerro Calvero) where you have a great view on Copacabana and Titicaca Lake. Best time is to go there for sunset as we did and it takes roughly half and hour from the center.
We spent a few hours there while chatting with other travellers we met up there: two french people (Sylvain and Romain) travelling from Canada to Patagonia… Impressive…
A few more pics on Copacabana:
Next morning, we go to Isla del Sol, the most beautiful Island of Titicaca Lake. We go there with David, a friend, living in Mexico that Caroline knows from France. He is currently travelling with an other friend, Christophe that embarked on a one year travel around the world.
So, the four of us take to boat to Challampapa, the village located on the north of Isla del Sol.
We arrived in the middle of afternoon, so we had plenty of time to walk around and visit the ruins (or what I would call « bits and pieces of stones »). The view is amazing and combined with the sun going down, we manage to take some nice shoots. I have a new camera (not as good as the previous one) as my Sony RX-100 died in La Paz, a few days before… Sunrise, local people working, lamas, donkeys and ruins, we saw everything.
In Challampapa we found a room for 12 Bolivianos in a nice hotel with roof top from where we had the « apéro ».
We need to know that the Titicaca Lake is the highest navigable lake in the world at 3,800m. It spreads itself across 8,500km2 whose 5000km2 belongs to Peru.
The Isla del Sol (Island of Sun) used to be an Inca sanctuary. Indeed at the times when earth was flooded and without light, this is from the Island of the Sun that the Sun came out for the first time.
The next morning, wake-up at 6am , we almost run to the crest of the Island before the sun rises. And the view is amazing… On the top of the Island, there is nothing, no trees, no flowers, just rocks and stones.
We walk around 2 hours and half to reach Yumani on the side of the Island.
You have two ways to get there : either like we did to get the view from the top, or through the costal walkway leading you through the nice and picturesque villages. So people or view ? You will have to choose.
Arrived around 9.30 at Yumani, we find a more touristic place than Challampapa, with a lot of accommodation and restaurant. So depending on what you would be looking for, you can choose between staying in the north or the south.
At 10am, we catch the very slow boat that takes 2 hours to reach Copacabana. We felt that we could swim faster than it. It was long… But I guesse 25 HP is not enough to carry more than 30 people….
A few more pictures of our early trek from north to south, from Challampapa to Yuamani.:
At Copacabana, we bearly have the time to eat that we need to catch our buses. David and Christophe to La Paz, and Caroline & I to Peru…
After reviewing and talking with other travellers, we decided not to stop at Puno but to continue straight to the city of Cusco, the most beautiful city of Peru.
Blog you soon from Peru to tell you more about our exciting stories.