Copacabana, Bolivia

Well, hello! It certainly has been a while. I’ve finally found a Bolivian wifi connection that is partly decent! I can’t believe it either. I have been able to use the My Bloggable Day facebook page far more frequently to document hilarious day-to-day stuff (including our rain soaked days stuck in northern Bolivia), so do head over there and click ‘Like’ if you want to keep up to date.

In my previous post we were having our last days in Peru, at Lake Titicaca. We bade farewell to Peru and went to the Bolivian side of the lake which we had heard was far prettier, a correct summation I think:


Copacabana is a colourful small lake town. Yes I had the song ‘Copacabana’ stuck in my head the entire time. But the song is not about the Bolivian Copacabana, I can guarantee this sleepy place is not the ‘hottest spot north of Havana’ as Barry Manilow croons.

Copacabana is the spot from where to access Isla Del Sol (Island of the Sun), which is the main activity in the area. We decided only to stay for one day, so we skipped the island and explored the town.

On our first night we had a completely terrible meal. It was a set 3 course menu and the entree, cream of mushroom soup, was like eating hot water with a spoon. Since then the food in Bolivia has failed to blow me away.

The next day we hiked up to a lookout point. The path was some kind of religious pilgrimage, with crucifixes dotted along the way.


The view from the top was incredible, if not a little strewn with trash. There were bottles, long forgotten offerings, firework casings and general crap everywhere. It was kind of gross.


Religious stuff


The contemplative pic: trying to do the same thing as at Machu Picchu


We hiked back down and through the village.



I love the Cholitas with the long plaits

It really is a cute, colourful place even though there is trash everywhere.


My first impressions of Bolivia were that it wasn’t vastly different to Peru, especially in such a tourist area (I’m sure Bolivians would disagree!).



There were hilarious swan boats, most with hilariously inappropriate names, strewn across the beach.



We sat on a rooftop to watch the sun set with beers.



The sun disappeared quickly and it was f-f-freezing!



The following day we took a bus to La Paz.

Is it just me or did this post seem kind of… boring? It can’t be a good sign that it’s been over a week since I blogged and I’m already bored of it. I’m pretty tired… but still. It’s kind of amazing how life can feel mundane whether you’re at work or travelling. Let me know what you think! I really appreciate feedback.

We are about to hit the 6 month mark, so I will be posting slightly more insightful posts about what it’s like to be on the road for so long and the long awaited budget post. Stay tuned, I promise it will get better!

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1 Response to Copacabana, Bolivia

  1. Patrick Caruana says:

    Definitely not boring Bec. I’m glad that you are back on the move after being stuck in that town not being able to shower or have clean and dry clothes. The colours of South America are amazing and in a away uplifting. Maybe the mundaneness of the locals existing and perhaps not really being able to “live” filtered down to you and Andrew. It must be hard for them to break out and do things, especially if money is hard to come by and the weather not the best. It could just be the time of the year. I’m sure things will again improve. Travel safe. Ciao for now Patrick

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