Bolivia · 9 Days · 7 Moments · June 2017

19 June 2017

The town of Copacabana is very small with only a few restaurants hotels and 1 market but day trips occur here every day. We took a boat trip over to an island called the Isla del Sol - island of sun. The 4 hour round trip allowed us to see the clear waters of the lake and small settlements across many islands. They all are mainly self sufficient and everyone in the community will help with all the maintenance of life and the island. We took a hike over the island to see an ancient inca temple and the views from the top of the island were incredible. From the heat where we were in the middle of the lake we could see the snow capped mountains of the Andes in the distance showing how varied the climate is here. Donkeys did most of the carrying as the steepness of the island meant it was too hard for the locals to carry their own things around especially is they lived at the top.
After a week of sickness I was finally able to make a move from La Paz up to Lake Titicaca. The journey was beautiful taking us through the countryside of Bolivia (even though it mostly is countryside) up to 3800m where the lake started. The lake spans 175km meaning we had to cross by boat to get to an inlet of land where the small town of Copacabana. The boats have a huge load to carry yet have the smallest engines. It is known that underneath the lane there is a huge amount of gold but the depth makes it increasingly difficult to measure how much and where. They massively depend on tourism up at the lake so any chance they can charge you they will.

13 June 2017

Sun rise in Salar de Uyuni. We left our salt hotel (yes everything was made from salt from the floor to the bed to the walls) at the crack of saw to get to this incredible island for sunrise. The sky completely lit up in every colour possible as the morning hours skipped by providing incredible views over the flat salt pan up to the high mountains in the distance. Underneath the salt desert water is stored. The water that once covers the entire area until too much water evaporated leaving a thick layer of salt behind.

12 June 2017

This lagoon in particular was special. It was called the black volcanic lagoon. The ask from previous volcanic eruptions made the water seem a lot darker than the crystal clear waters in every other lagoon. It was hidden behind a bog, in a gulley of volcanic rocks which we had to climb in order to see it. As the temperature drops so low at night all the waters were frozen meaning the walk was slippery but our kind took the lead and helped us along. We walked along with llamas who were very curious as to what we were.

11 June 2017

Having woken up at 4am to get taken to the Chilean border crossing meant we saw the beautiful sun rise over the Andes mountains. We had breakfast in no mans land between chile and Bolivia and carried onto the Bolivian border crossing. Here the didn't seem to care who came in or left, after our 2 minute queue for a stamp we wandered in, hopped in our Toyota land cruisers and set off on our way. The first stop was volcanic rocks which had been eroded by sand over the millions of years. This made them all have distinct features and different plants and animals would grow and live. Next we came to the lagoons. There were an incredible number of salt lagoons here due to it once all being under water. Flamingos and llamas only live in these waters wedged between the mountains.