From La Paz we started our journey to the last destination of our Bolivian trip: Copacabana and Titicaca Lake. It takes about 4 hours from La Paz by bus to get to the little town of Copacabana. On the way there, we actually needed to get off the bus at the “Estrecho de Tiquina” and take the ferry to the other side while they were shipping the bus over there with another ferry for vehicles.
The little town of Copacabana is completely dedicated to tourism and you can find many restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and exchange offices there. The main attractions are the church “Basilica of our lady” and a great view point “Cerro Calvario”. Here we enjoyed the sunset in the beautiful surroundings of the impressing Titicaca Lake which just seems to be an ocean. With an elevation of 3.600m it is the highest navigable lake in the world.
The next day we went on a half day boat trip to visit the south part of Isla Del Sol. Unfortunately we did not have more time to explore the whole island as we needed to return to La Paz the same day. The boat trip takes about 1,5 hours to get from Copacabana to the Sun Island. We went up the southern part of the island where we found many accommodation possibilities on the steep way up. From here we enjoyed a great view of the Titicaca Lake. Then we also visited the temple of the sun which had many different rooms, for example the dream room or the “pachamama” room – and therefore different meanings for the ancestors.
Actually I would recommend a full day visit of the Titicaca Lake as you will be able to visit the Northern & Southern part of “Isla del Sol”. There are different ruins around the island and you can do a four hours hike to see everything. In both parts of the islands you can also stay with indigenous families or in little hostels if you want to spend a night in the beautiful surroundings of the Titicaca Lake. The northern part has beaches and is lower than the southern part.
After this nice but short visit of the Titicaca Lake we took the bus back to La Paz. Now it was time to say goodbye to the beautiful country of Bolivia which I must say has surprised me with its diversity and impressing landscapes! It is definitely worth a great journey – and not only to the famous parts of Salar Uyuni & Titicaca Lake – it has much more to offer with for example a visit to the mining city Potosi, the capital city Sucre with its beautiful surroundings, La Paz & moonvalley, travelling from Santa Cruz to Samaipata as well as the route of Che!