Due to the political unrest and protest (only 1 month ago), they had shut down their borders and we weren’t sure if we were going to make it to Bolivia. Boy, are we glad to finally get here. Shows you how fast South America can change. After another long day of driving, we finally cross the border and into the small town of Copacabana on Lake Titicaca.
Lake Titicaca shares a border with Peru and by volume, it is the largest lake in South America. One of the most interesting things about Lake Titicaca is the people of Uro, who live on floating islands made of reeds (please look it up, it is fascinating). Even though we wanted to go on a tour, when we have a dog most don’t want them on their fragile boats made of reeds and grass.
If you do decide to do the tour, there are many more authentic options on the Peruvian side (from Puno) and they actually live on the islands and come to do tours for about 15 soles ($6 CAD) per person.
THE Ferry Ride
In order to go to La Paz from Copacabana, you have to take a tiny little ferry ride. Not the typical big boat type of ferry, no – a small raft with a small motor attached operated by a man with a large stick. Yes, a stick. That’s how he steers the “boat”. It is scary but our rule is if the locals do it how bad can it be? Plus it ended up being really fun and beautiful at the same time.
Same size boat as ours, but carrying… a tour bus. Yes, a greyhound size tour bus.
Time to explore Bolivia, but so far – off to a good start!