It really doesn’t get old saying “Lake Titicaca”. Try it, it’s addicting.
Today we started out on a 1 hour hydrofoil ride to Copacabana – not the famous beach in Brazil but the community in Bolivia. Today was the last day of their 2 week Carnival celebrations so in the town square there was dancing and parading. We visited the main church which had more of a. Mediterranean style.
I’ve noticed the 2 nicest buildings in every town are the church and the school.
We bought some goods at the local market. Then we got caught in the parade where kids were having squirt gun fights and spraying foam at each other. So, I ended up wet with soapy foam everywhere.
We went to the border here to get our exit stamps as where we would cross into Peru wouldn’t have an immigration office.
Then we went to Moon island. We had to hike up the mountainside ruins with the Andean cross that was originally Tiwanaku and was taken over by the Incas. They scoured the countryside for the most beautiful women and brought them here to live as goddesses. It’s called moon island because women are moon and men are sun.
Next we went to Sun island, which is larger and has lots of hostels. This island is where Inca culture originated, then they moved up into what is now Peru. We ate lunch after a hike up the mountainside, outside with a view of the lake. Lunch was quinoa soup, bread, trout and bolied potato, a very typical meal.
Then we got back on the hydrofoil to go across the lake to Juli, Peru. From there we drove to Puno about 45 minutes.
The hotel in Puno is on a peninsula surrounded by lake titicaca. We have a beautiful view from our room.