I was pretty exhausted yesterday after my long epic day mountain biking down the death road, so didn’t really do much except go out for dinner. I took a different route back to my hotel and SUCCESS! I found a better witches market than the street the hotel had advised me a few days ago. Llama fetuses, poisons, and all kinds of interesting things to gawk at.
The plan for today was to head out to Lake Titicaca, so I packed all things again and was picked up at 07:45 by my bus transfer. About 3/4 of the way to Lake Titicaca, you get to do a over-capacitated ferry crossing across the Straits of Tiquina for 2 bolivianos each way. On both sides of the river, venders were selling fried trout, saltenas (Bolivian empanadas), flowers and what I believe were fried sardines.
About 45 minutes after the ferry crossing we finally caught our first glimpse of Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and located high in the Andes mountain range, also the highest navigable lake in the world at 12,500 ft above sea level.
I was staying in Copacabana, which I’m a little disappointed about as this was not originally my plan. The original plan was after arriving to Copacabana, to take the 1:30 pm ferry to Isla Del Sol, hike across the island, stay the night in Yumani on the island and then return to Copacabana in the morning. Unfortunately I had a very unhelpful “travel agent” in La Paz who refused to help me in calling any of the places on Isla del Sol and they are not bookable online, so I just settled for Copacabana.
I don’t know if it’s the altitude or if I’m just worn out because I’ve felt really tired the last two days and it was a push to make myself explore the Copacabana today when all I really wanted to do was cuddle up on my bed and sleep longer.
But, I strolled down along the water and looked at the tacky duck boats along the way, all the Bolivians having picnic lunches, kids riding bicycles and the poorly made docks.
After checking out the “beachfront” area of Copacabana, I decided to climb the highest point overlooking Copacabana, Cerro Calvario, which offered great views of the city as well as Isla del Sol.
From Cerro Calvario, I eyed the Cathedral so headed in that direction on my way down and landed in the middle of the city market as well
You aren’t allowed to take pictures inside the Cathedral, but its exterior doors had some nice carved wooden reliefs and outside the priest was also doing car blessings… sprinkling holy water around the cars, as the owners followed with flower petals.
I stopped and had dinner (more trout! this time cooked with garlic) at a restaurant with a second story view of the lake as I waited for the sun to set.
Hindsight being 20/20, I don’t think one night in Titicaca is enough, as if I would have booked two nights, I could have explored and stayed one night on Isla del Sol. But I’m content with seeing the highest navigable lake in the world and tomorrow I”ll be back in La Paz getting ready to head out to Colombia.