Monica and Nick's World Adventure travel blog

sunset over lake Titicaca

our modern heater !

kids on island of the sun

us in some inca ruins


The border crossing was straight forward even though we only got a 30 day pass. After some local tried to charge us 1bs each to get into Copacabana (who we duly told to bugger off) we arrived in town.

Copacabana is also on the banks of lake Titicaca. It is a much prettier town than Puno and is nestled between two hills. It has an impressive moorish style cathedral as well as being the launch point for some of the islands on lake titicaca where it is possible to spend the night.

In copacabana we looked around the streets (all two or three of them !). We took a walk up to Cerro Calvario where there are great views of the town and lake and we saw a lovely sunset.

We took a boat trip out to Isla del Sol. This is where the sacred rock is. Lake Titicaca is named after this rock. Titi is an Aymara mountain cat and the Quechua word caca means rock. The link between the rock and the cat comes from the legend that the ancient indigenous people saw the eyes of a mountain cat gleaming in the sacred rock and so named it Titicaca.

On the island we walked from one end to the other seeing the sacred rock as well as a sacred stone !!! and the ruins of Chincana (an inca temple and nunnery) and the ruins of Pilcocaina. The walk was pleasant and took around 3 hours. The boat took about two hours there and one and a half hours back.

RECCOMMENDATIONS

Ambassador hotel - Cheap rooms ($10) including breakfast. Clean and nice staff. Rooms at the front are bigger.

La Orilla - Great food. The nachos and spring rolls especially were amazing !

La Cupola - It was reccommended a lot but the room they offered us wasnt great. The restaurant was ok.



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