After spending five days in La Paz, we caught a bus to Copacabana, a small town on the shore of lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and one of the highest navigable lakes in the world. From Copacabana, we took a two hour boat ride to Isla del Sol (island of the sun), a rocky island with lots of ruins and a small community of local residents. Before hopping on the boat, we had a few minutes to run to the market and grab some snacks. We whipped up a great tomato, avocado and rosemary sandwich for the ride over.
The ferry brought us to the South side of the island. This is where most tourist get off. However, we were lucky enough to meet some nice people on the boat and decided to continue on to the North side of the island. From the North side, we walked about five kilometers over the course of six hours. It was a gorgeous walk and we were grateful to have a guide who could explain the ruins, as well as the history of the island and lake.
It was very dark by the time we made it back to the hostel. We were ready for some food and a good nights sleep. We stayed at the Hostel International’s Inca Pacha hostel, where they had a small, in-house restaurant. The choices were limited but they were able to accommodate us with their corn soup. They also had some sides of vegetables and rice they could offer us. It wasn’t the best food we’ve eaten, but it did the trick and put us to bed with full bellies. It didn’t cost much, about $15 Bolivian Bolivianos each ($2.14 USD).
We woke up early the next morning to catch a boat back to Copacabana. We didn’t make it up in time for the start of the sunrise but still had a chance to see the beautiful scenery while the sun was low in the sky.