We crossed the border from Peru to Bolivia by foot on October 29th, four days before our visas officially ran out. We had to get off the bus to get our passports stamped and walk the 60 paces or so into a different time zone! 1 hour forward we went. The Peruvian side of the border was fairly smart (as far as South American standards go).
The Bolivian side was bare…apart from one lone chicken crossing the road! This is Bolivia – welcome!
It was lovely to return back to the sun after Cusco’s changing weather. The air was cool though as were up at 3800m. Lake Titicaca is so vast; it is the largest high altitude lake in the world, covering 8400 sq km and straddling both Peru and Bolivia. We stayed in a lovely hostel called La Cupula, set up on the hill overlooking the lake. It felt like we were looking out over the sea; the horizon was just water. I (Hannah) tried the local delicacy, which was trout. Although Bolivia is land locked, it doesn’t really feel like it here!
It was a 2 and a half hour ride to the north of the island and we were sat up on the top deck in the glorious sunshine but we still had to wrap up warm!
Discovering that most of the people on the deck were English couples we had a nice time chatting away about travel routes and a few home comforts!
Walking through a few isolated communities with kids at school outside playing. We later learnt that the tourist tax that you have to pay at three checkpoints on the island (north, middle and south) actually go towards the infrastructure of the island, providing school facilities and clean water etc. So we were happy to pay it.
The heat did go to our heads a little bit – Kyle having multiple head rushes and his eyes going in funny directions and I just went a bit peculiar!!
|Bolivians love their potatoes!|
We cycled through waterfalls which was awesome and over streams that covered the road.
|Our end point was in the jungle at the bottom. Our celebratory beer tasted so good!|
Kyle took a dip in the rough river whilst I dangled my legs in!
|Even had time for a quick rock!|
|Driving on cliff edges... WTF!|
|Yup.. landed in a field!|
The taxi from the airport was different…a motorbike each!
|Who will be the first to spot the obvious!|
|Driving blind.... AGAIN!!|
We stopped off for lunch and met the cutest puppy ever whom we named Trev
8 in our group – 3 Swedish girls, 1 Aussie girl, Bea, Alex and us - drinks at Sunset Bar
|A Capybara is the largest rodent in the world!|
The boat was a lovely experience; lazy chairs, low to the water, sitting in 2’s. It was so hot and sunny that it was just as well we were moving for the breeze.
|Black Cayman aligator|
|River Snake - nearly dead from being used as a play toy by the river dolphins!|
|There were many little Turtles dotted along the Pampas!|
|Lots of super cute Spider Monkeys|
After settling in at our lodge, we took a short boat trip to the ‘Sunset Bar’. Here, surprise surprise we watched the sun set over a few beers.
|Then more chilling and drinking with the local wildlife!|
|Bats in our rooms....|
|B's expression and state of mind stayed similar to this throughout the 3 hrs, to conquer fear... you must become fear!|
|Only the guide gets a machete just in case... hmmm!|
Our efforts would be rewarded later though!
|These are small Piranhas... the further into the Amazon you go the bigger they get... like most things!|