Today we are leaving La Paz for Copacabana with the group at Midday. I'll be sad to leave La Paz which I've grown pretty fond of, but I'm also super excited to see some more of Bolovia.
Betsy and I had decided to do a private city tour with an English speaking guide in the morning. We met Rolando at 8am and were back at the hotel at 11am ready for our group departure. Personally I did not really end up seeing much more new stuff of the city as we visited most of the same places I had already seen but I learnt a few new facts and it's always good to hear a locals perspective.
At midday the group piled onto our truck (Cameron) which was to be our means of transport for the next 10 days. To be honest I was really not sure what to expect for the vehicle we'd be moving around in but I was pleasantly surprised. It seats 22 people and as we are only 12 people we have loads of space, it comes complete with a large safety deposit box for all our passports etc, water stations, library of books (Rough Guides etc) and is kind of a cross between a bus and a truck. It's great to be up high when travelling as you get a great view.
The drive from La Paz to Copacabana was about 4 hours, but at least an hour of this was just getting out of La Paz as the traffic was so bad. We also had to take a small boat over a river at one section and the truck went on a barge which was an amusing site.
We arrived in Copacabana around 5pm. It a small town on the shores of Lake Titicaca, where a lot of devout Catholics make pilgrimages to the top of the towns mountain passing the stations of the cross on the way to the summit. It also serves as a major base for tourists wanting to visit Isla del Sol, which is what we are doing tomorrow.
Betsy and I, as well as a Canadian couple (Krista and Adam) decided to test how well we were acclimatizing by climbing to the top of the towns mountain for sunset. It took is around an hour and it was pretty tough going, we had to keep stopping every 5 mins to catch our breaths, to be honest the locals appeared to be having the same issue. The altitude combined with the rocky uneven path with steep steps in places made it challenging but we made it to the summit in time for sunset and celebrated with a beer. We later learnt the beers being sold were more for pouring over offerings to Pachamama than drinking. It's so interesting how the Catholic religion and native beliefs sit side by side in this part of the world.
After the sunset the four of is went for dinner to sample the local delicacy of trout from the Lake Titicaca. It was delicious.