Copacabana - Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
16° 30' S 69° 0' W
Aug 31, 2004 02:38
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Copacabana (30 and 31 August 2004)

Copacabana is a small village really. The only thing to do is to book an organised boat trip to Isla del Sol. From my hotel you could see the island but it takes more than an hour to get there. According to a few well travelled people I met it is overtouristed and not worth going really. So I decided to skip the excursion and just do absolutely nothing and get used to the almost 3900 meters above sea level.

The early mornings were the nicest as the sky was the bluest and the glinstering Lake Titicaca looked inviting for a swim. Of course it is way to cold for swimming so I did not even try.
Cerro Calvario was the only challenge at 3966 meters and the less than 100 vertical meters took me almost an hour. Three steps and I had to stop because my lungs felt like exploding. Unbelievable what altitude can do with you. The view from the top was great and you could see all along the coast of the strange peninsula that sticks out of the Peruvian territory but is actually Bolivian.

On top of the hill I met two Swiss people who made for a nice conversation, because they wanted to share their hatred for Israelis with me, which is always good fun. They also had the same experiences with these most unwanted travellers like everybody else.

I could spend weeks doing nothing in a town like Copacabana but unfortunately I did not have the time for that. Time to move on to the capital, La Paz.