Posted on April 18, 2013
Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, with a surface elevation of 3,812 m. It is so huge that when the bus drove along the shore it took three hours to get from Copacabana on the Bolivian side to Puno on the Peruvian side (around 190 km). I did this trip twice, once during a day and once during a night. I recommend traveling during a day because it is worth seeing the lake and the small villages around it.
The only thing that I wished for after a week in La Paz, was to relax and to be in touch with the nature. As I already wrote in some posts before, I changed from being a party girl to being a nature freak. No, not really, but if I can choose, I prefer to be away from the smoky and noisy cars. And I am hundred percent sure, that I would have never seen a wedding like on the following image if I haven’t gone to the lake. My dad already knows that he has to make sure that I will have some alpacas on my wedding too ☺
There is lot of islands at Lake Titicaca and the most popular ones are probably Isla del Sol and Uros Island. I chose Isla del Sol, because I didn’t feel like staying with a local family and observing their life for money (Uros). Another reason was that I am attracted to everything that has “sun” in its name, so Island of the Sun – Isla del Sol was a perfect choice.
To get to Isla del Sol, you have to catch a boat from Copacabana/Bolivia. It goes only in the morning and early afternoon, so make sure that you don’t miss it. You can choose to embark in the north or the south of the island, depending on if you want to trek, see some ruins, or just take it easy and take a boat back from where you embarked.
I was lucky that for this amazing trip I was not alone, but I shared a lot of great moments with a very friendly couple from Chile – Mari and Matias. We spent 3 days together, having lot of fun, sharing travel stories and listening to hip-hop. Matias is a talented hip hopper and Mari studies art and makes jewelry and accessories. What a creative people I met! We decided to trek the island from the north to the south. Firstly we checked some ruins in the northern part and then it took us 2.5 hours to get to the south. It is kind of easy trek, but because of the altitude (3 800m), it was a bit complicated. You will hardly run on this island…
…and here comes a hip hop tune by Pipaz (Matias)
Isla del Sol fulfilled all my expectations. It was beautiful, mystical, with lot of cute houses and women dressed in traditional dresses. There were also lot of animals – and as always, I took lot of images. The more I take photos of animals, the more I love them. I could never eat an alpaca. They are just too cute!
To end this post, I would like to recommend to everyone that has a chance to visit Isla del Sol, to do it. I don’t think that there is a place like this somewhere else. Last but not least, my creativity woke up on the island and I did a little “fire-house” art. You won’t find it anymore, because the rain has washed the chalk away. But here is the message from me to you: