This country seems to be on everybody’s ‘To Do List’ and to be frank it has a right to be there! It is an amazing culture rich country with varied terrain spanning Andes Mountains, the Atacama Desert and Amazon Basin rainforest. Bolivia is also a home to many places with ‘the highest’ next to its name i.e La Paz is world’s highest capital city at 3660m; Potosi is the highest situated town at 4070m; Lake Titicaca is the largest high altitude lake in the world at above 3800m. You should travel Bolivia soon!
If you enter the country from Paraguay, as we did, the winding Andean road offers you the most tremendous views. Majority of it was just a sandy path that had space hardly for one bus not to mention two vehicles so prepare yourself for an adventurous ride. I was ‘lucky’ to sit on the cliff side of the bus and had to hold my breath every time the bus came too close to the edge. It is part of the adventure, right? Would have done it again, though…. if only for the perfect sunset over these mountains.
After touring the country we have this picture of Bolivia in our mind: rough, dry, desert-like terrain with sandy roads and colourful people. Yes, the colourful comes to mind immediately. Surprised? Let us explain why.
We were not incredibly excited about visiting Copacabana but we had to pass through this highly touristy place to get to the amazing Isla del Sol by Lake Titicaca. We have to admit, we underestimated this little town a lot, although we were lucky to be in the right place at the right time. We arrived in the afternoon and it was already too late for a boat to the island. We could not even be bothered with looking for accommodation and we took a room in a very reasonably priced Hotel Colonial just because it was next to the bus stop. We took a stroll around the main road filled with restaurants, bars and souvenir stalls and decided it was not our cup of tea and we could definitely not make it our exploration base when in the area.
We were lucky though, as the day we arrived there was a local event in town. It was not so much a festival but a celebration of the Saint who is the holly patron/protector of Bolivian Police. Every year on this occasion Police force from all over Bolivia gather their best musicians and dancers and make huge parade around Copacabana. Wow, it was quite something. Initially we did not know what their agenda was and thought we missed the main thing in the morning but they were just getting started.