So the time had come to depart Peru for Bolivia, we travelled by bus approx 6 hours to the small port of Puno on Lake Titicaca. We were pleasantly surprised by our bus, that is until we realised we were sat right next to the toilet and the door lock was broken so it wouldn't stay shut. We could put up with the knocking sound the door made the whole way along but what we couldn't handle was when a guy walked in just an hour into the journey that obviously had the squits and stunk out the whole bus!!! How inconsiderate of him....We were literally gagging :( and Darren who was the closest spent a good while with his head buried in his t-shirt. Smells and noise aside the scenery on route was amazing so the journey went really quickly. We spent just one night in Puno as it is very small and was just a stopover for us on route to Copacabana (Bolivia) which is also on the lake.
So early the next morning we took another bus 3-4 hours which stopped at the border of Bolivia for immigration formalities then carried on to the town of Copacabana on the southern shore of the lake. It was on this bus we first met Erica and Marteen a lovely couple from Geneva who after the first meeting we kept bumping into throughout Bolivia. We enjoyed a drink with them in La Paz and dinner in Uyuni. Oh and what a small world it turns out that Darren was on a course at work that was taken by a colleague/friend of Erica's who he still keeps in contact with!
We spent just 2 nights in Copacabana as it was pleasant enough but very touristy and we were keen to get to La Paz for New Year. We spent our full day on the Island of Isla Del Sol, where we travelled over on the slowest boat we have ever encountered and then we trekked 3 hours from the North part of the Island to the South. It was a lovely walk only hindered slightly by locals stopping us at various points along the way for money to enter their community'spart of the island. We found this very annoying as it felt like we were constantly being ripped off, needless to say we refused to pay and was threatened by three firery fat women waving...boy did we move!!!! We also met Pat and Chrissy an Australian couple from Sydney during the trek who we had lunch with and chatted to about out future plans, they stayed on the Island for the night and we headed baCK on the painfully slow boat via some very touristy floating islands with lovely Erica and Maarten.
The following morning we watched some vicars blessing vehicles!!!!??? Who knows!!!???? then early afternoon left Copacabana by bus for La Paz.....