The Peruvian Side vs. the Bolivian Side
Wed 2 Jan 2013 - Sat 5 Jan 2013
After New Years, Danny and I headed to Puno to visit Lake Titicaca and to eventually cross the border to Bolivia. The lake is actually situated on the border between Peru and Bolivia, and by volume of water, it is the largest lake in South America. According to Incan mythology, Lake Titicaca was the birth place of the first Incan King, Manco Capac.
Puno - the Peruvian side
The city of Puno was slightly disappointing. In my head I pictured a small, quaint little town overlooking a gorgeous shimmering blue lake, with a boardwalk or at least benches for people to sit by the lake. I was clearly misguided because when we got there, it could not be further from the image in my head. The city wasn't quaint at all. And there was definitely no boardwalk or a quiet spot by the lake. The lake was littered with a thousand boats, polluting the air with the smell of diesel. And there was garbage along the lake front - definitely not what I had in mind. We only stayed in Puno long enough to do a half day tour of the Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca. The Uros Islands are artificially created islands made of tying totora reeds together. The tour was actually quite interesting but how long can you look at reeds for? Haha. By the end of the 3 hours, we were ready to move on.
Town of Puno
Uros Island Tour
Copacobana - the Bolivian side
After the Uros tour, we hopped on a bus and 3 hrs later, we were in Bolivia! We read that the Copacobana side of Lake Titicaca was prettier than Puno, but we did not notice (if its better it was only marginally). We were so disappointed that we were going to take the next bus out and skip the main attraction - Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun). But good thing we didn't because we discovered that the beauty isn't in the town of Copacabana, but on the island (the northern part anyways). The beach was quiet and secluded, and the water was crystal clear. We did a 1 hour hike around the island and the views were gorgeous. Guess we should have stayed here instead haha.
Peru/Bolivia Border Crossing
Town of Copacabana
Isla del Sol Tour
Trying to find our boat
Approaching Isla del Sol
Beginning of hike
Hiking up to viewpoint
Amazing views! We should have stayed here!
Donkey literally flipping out
Hiking back down
Southern part of Isla del Sol - not nearly as great as the northern part
A popular Bolivian snack - popcorn