04.07.2009 - 07.07.2009 65 °F
La Paz, Bolivia. Miles traveled……..133.
From Puno, we took the early bus to La Paz. The trip took us 9 hours, which included a border crossing and a boat trip across Lake Titicaca. At Copacabana, we delivered the message from our waiter in Puno and had lunch by the lake. Surprisingly the Bolivian side is more developed for tourism than the Peruvian side.
Since there is no bridge over the lake, there was one group of boats ferrying the busses, trucks, and cars over and another group ferrying the people over. The ferries for vehicles and people were both powered by a lone outboard motor, and many of the vehicle ferries had a young man or two bailing water. The human cargo on the other hand was loaded into a more sturdy looking boat, but we were packed in, probably 25-30 of us per boat. The young indigenous kids that were forced to sit near Mike were a little afraid of him, so they promptly moved closer to their mothers!! They wore their traditional dress of bowler hats and bright colored dresses. Once on the other side, we waited for our bus to catch up with us on the other side and boarded once again toward the capitol city.
We spent just 3 days there and really used our stay as a resting point of sorts. We stayed in a “nice” hotel and rested from all the travelling. It’s surprising how sitting on our rumps for hours on end can really tire one out! We have covered much ground in little time. So, in La Paz, we stuck close to the city to avoid any more traveling for a spell. Instead, we visited a couple museums, enjoyed wifi connection, watched a movie, “Che, Part Two”, and took in the magnificent view of the moon rising over the mountains of the city from a high-rise restaurant. We sipped on our new favorite drink, Chuflay and ate ice cream. So, we basically lived some high life, while in Bolivia.
We enjoyed good and cheap food. We ate for like $2 each, which was good for the budget. We also bought Mike a third pair of pants off the street, because two pair was just not cutting it. Our impressions of Bolivia are limited on what we could see from the highway and walking around La Paz. We wished we had more time and energy to experience more of the history and culture, however, our itinerary pushed us on to Argentina.