At this stage of the trip, we are feeling decidedly fatigued from the constant traveling as we board our bus from La Paz to Copacabana. The journey is a relatively short 3.5 hours and I use it to catch up on blog updates. A couple of hours in, we get off the bus midway in the journey to catch a ferry across the Tiquina Strait. We watch with interest as our bus and other vehicles are loaded onto barges one after the other and ferried across.
The town of Copacabana itself is nothing too spectacular but it is the jumping off point to the Isla del Sol as well as surrounding islands and the best spot to visit the reed islands on Lake Titicaca. It is raining when we get in and for a couple of days after so we spend most of the time holed up in our hotel room watching reruns of Friends and venturing out just for meals. We are exhausted and don’t mind too much having an excuse to rest.
On the 3rd day the sun comes out and we take a ferry out to the Isla del Sol for the day. The ferry trip is extremely long as the ferry moves at a snail’s pace which was a little frustrating. Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and is bordered by Peru and Bolivia, it is said to be the highest navigable lake in the world. It is also said to be the birthplace of the Incas which is why we were interested in journeying this way. The island is a picturesque enough stop, excellent if you are avid trekkers but we only trek for about half the day before deciding to spend the remainder of the time resting by the water under the trees. Truthfully, after the grandeur of Machu Picchu, we are a little underwhelmed by the ruins on the island.
On our last day, we are blessed with more sun so we hike up to the Cerro Calvario (Calvary Hill) which is a hill lined with small monuments representing the 14 Stations of the Cross. Pilgrims visit the Stations for prayer and penance and many tourists climb the hill for its fine views. This was perhaps my favourite spot in all of Copacabana, after walking past the Stations you get to the end of the hill which is a steep lookout point overlooking Lake Titicaca as well as Copacabana town. We sit here for a while enjoying the postcard-perfect views and say our goodbyes to Bolivia.