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Titicaca Lake

Titicaca, one lake for two countries

Feb 28, 2019 comment(s)

Bolivian side

We arrived tired in Copacabana, main city of Titicaca lake in Bolivia. No , we’re not in Brazil! The city is nice, restaurants have terraces, it is sunny, the ideal place to rest after a trip in the Amazon.

We visited the cathedral, pretty and original with its ceramic on the roof. We also spent time and energy to climb up to the Cerro Calvario, very tiring at 4000 m high. The views on the lake and on the city are amazing.

We left Copacabana to spend over 2 days in La Isla del Sol, 1h30 away by boat. It was also our last moments with Sarah. After one month travelling together, we will say bye bye to each other with emotion.

The island is beautiful. Arriving there, we took the Inca stairs to reach the top of the village. 40 minutes climbing up with our big backpacks were exhausting. We then walked 30 minutes towards the North of the island, but we couldn’t go further because some conflicts made it closed to tourists since 2017.

It was already time to have dinner when a big thunderstorm hit the island. This resulted in an electricity cut and we had a romantic dinner with candles!

The next day, we decided to go down to Japapi beach, 20 minutes away. The place is so nice and quiet. To go back, we had to climb up, but we did it successfully. After a farewell lunch with Sarah with an amazing view, we headed South to camp. We found the perfect spot, no one  and with breathtaking views. The only people we saw were farmers with their lamas, muttons and donkeys! We were also so lucky with the weather as the sky was blue and we could even see stars at night.

This stop was definitely one of our favourites in Bolivia, Isla del Sol is gorgeous when we take time to go away from the main village. We left Bolivia and Sarah after one month, hello Peru!

Peruvian side

We successfully crossed the border Bolivia-Peru before arriving in Puno. We booked a tour for the next day that would bring us to some small islands.

Uros islands

They are fully built with reed plants. 4/5 families live on each island and they need to be rebuilt after 20 years. It was really funny to walk on it, we felt we were sinking but we were not wet! We also did a traditional boat tour, made with reed as well.

Amantani island

We arrived in the island for lunch. Each tourist was welcomed by a local family. Nicacio and Reina were our hosts for a great day. The island has around 3000 habitants and about 10 communities who organise themselves to receive tourists by rotation. Nicacio is the chief of his community! In the afternoon, we climbed up to an Inca temple with beautiful views on the lake.

At night, the community organised a "party" with all the families and tourists. Each family borrowed us traditional clothes and we all gathered to danse on Peruvian live songs! Yes, it was organised for tourists but incredibly fun and entertaining. We loved it.

Taquile island

The next day, we spent the morning on this pretty island. We walked from North to South, through land parcels in terrace. Locals still wear traditional clothes and each hat shape indicates their marital status!

This 2 day tour in Peruvian islands was a must-see. However, we didn't like so much the fact that we were in a group of 20 people. But the views of the lake from every place of this tour and meeting with locals were unforgettable.