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October 2, 2010

From Argentina to Lake Titicaca

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Into Bolivia

Train to Oruro
The train to Oruro

Wow, it has only been three days since my last post but it seems like an eternity ago. I have come so far. Let me start at the beginning. On Monday morning I got up early for a change and headed over the border to Bolivia. The border crossing was easy and without any problems at all. The Bolivian side of the border is called Villazon and has got much more going on. There are heaps of shops and markets and lots of action going on. Coming back, I reckon I will stay on the Villazon side rather than La Quiaca. There are lots of hotels etc and the food is pretty good.

Train to Oruro
Going through the mountains near Tupiza

First up I went to get my ticket for the train to Oruro. It is called the Wara Wara del Sur, and it runs twice a week. There is another train which is a bit better that goes on two other days. I got the Salon class which was about 80 Bolivianos, approximately $12. The train took off at 3.30 pm and headed north past Tupiza, where there lots of magnificent scenery on the way. The mountains are incredible around that area. But as soon as night fell, you could not see a thing, so I just watched videos and after midnight tried to get some sleep.

The train got into Oruro about 8 or 9 in the morning and I was well knackered. I walked up the road to the Hostal Hidalgo and got a room for about ten bucks. A single room in this semi-posh hotel with TV in the room. I love TV in the room, especially after a long trip. It is great to just veg out and do nothing but watch the idiot box. Later that day I went looking for the Tourist Office but got the runaround. I just wandered around for the rest of the day. Oruro does not have much going for it. There is this magnificent lake about 10k south but I could not find out how to get there.

The next day I hopped on a bus to La Paz. Approaching La Paz, I was blown out by the location of the city. It is in this deep valley and all the houses are plastered across the surrounding hill-sides. In the distance you can see these huge snow-covered peaks which must be about 5000-6000 meters high. La Paz itself is located at about 3500-4000 meters itself. It seems like a really nice place, but I only saw the bus station.

At 2pm I caught the bus to Copacabana. Just out of La Paz, the country was really flat and dry. Then it got a bit more hillier and finally we hit the side of Lake Titicaca. The roads along the lake are just stupendous. At one stage we got to a ferry and we all had to get out and the bus went on a ferry, while we caught a boat across and got back on the bus on the other side.

Bus crossing Lake Titicaca
The ferry taking the bus across the water

Ferry Doods
The driver of the boat that we caught

Finally we arrived at Copacobana, and I was very surprised how cool the place was. I was not expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised. It is situated right on the lake in the little bay with a big hill to the side of it. It has been a while since I have been to a tourist town and this one is not much different from the rest of them in that respect.

Hotel in Copacabana
The view from my hotel room which costs $5 a night

Sunset over Lake Titicaca
Sunset over Lake Titicaca

1 Comment »

  1. great adventures!

    Comment by adam — October 2, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

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