|Isla del Sol|
Copacabana sits just 8kms from the Peru/Bolivia border and although I had outstayed my visa, I couldn't resist enjoying the town with it's colourful car blessings, church services that were broadcast on loudspeaker, trout and kingfish on every market stand and restaurant, and gorgeous bay setting.
|Cars lining up outside the cathedral in Copa to be blessed|
|Cerro Santa Barbara in Copa - with offerings to Pachamama|
Even more luring was the Isla del Sol, the island which the Incas and local indigenous believed was the birthplace of the sun and first Incas. I ended up on the Isla for 3 days; hiking north to south and around the bays, getting up pre sunrise to be treated to a magical morning, having quiet candlelit dinners after a glorious sunset, getting taken back to Australia with the scent of eucalyptus and learning about the local Aymara people and traditions. I also had loads of time to think, ponder where my travels were taking me and finally start reading a book in Spanish (Paulo Coelho's Once Minutos).
I don't think I can quite describe the wonderful experiences I had, so I'm going to revert to some pictures to relay the gloriousness of it all.
|Northern part of Isla del Sol|
|Ruins of Chincana|
|Pre inca terraces - still used today|
|The quality of light just before sunrise was stunning - looking back to the mainland|
|Ending with this glorious sunrise|
|Let's go fly a kite... up to the ...|
So now I'm in Puno - and had the BEST shower in 3 months... NO electric shower head meaning LOADS of hot hot water, decent pressure and.... da dah! a shower curtain! It was divine. Off to perhaps try the local speciality of guinea pig?? or perhpas not... but. Lago Titicaca, thank you! a most idyllic end to a wonderful 3 (ahem 3.5) months in Bolivia.
|Romantic dinner of trucha for one|
|Looking towards the township of Yumani|
|Sooo cute! This little donkey hadn't quite got the hang of it's long legs yet|