A weekend at the highest navigable lake in the world

 For our first free weekend in Bolivia, we decided to visit Copacabana and Isla del Sol. Copacabana was originally a site of religious pilgrimages hence the church that the city mainly revolved around

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The cathedral of Copacabana which was the town’s historical monument

Aside from the cathedral, Copacabana also has the first shore on the Bolivia side of Lake Titicaca. Therefore you must depart from Copacabana in order to explore the various islands such as Isla del Sol or Isla de la Luna. The small charming town was full of tourist friendly activities such as artesinal shopping, vicuna spotting, and numerous boat rides.

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One of the main streets that were filled with artisanal booths and traditional restaurants while leading to the lake straight ahead

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The shore of Copacabana where baby alpacas and numerous boats resided

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A view of the boats when leaving the shore of Copacabana for Isla del Sol

After spending a night at Copacabana we headed over to Isla del Sol the next morning.

Boat we took to Isla del Sol from Cobacabana

Boat we took to Isla del Sol from Cobacabana

The island was called Isla del Sol (Island of the sun) because the Incas believed the Sun God was born on that island.

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Monument when reaching Isla del Sol

The island was unique in that there were no paved streets or cars so the main form of transportation was by foot or by donkeys. We would usually have to move on the uphill road to make room for donkeys caring heavy amounts of products on their backs.

Common road in Isla del Sol

Common road in Isla del Sol

And at sunset we were able to see a common festival that the people of the island would throw.

The weekly festival thrown on Isla del Sol

The weekly festival thrown on Isla del Sol

Then the next morning we all woke up to watch the sunrise over Lake Titicaca. Overall the views of Lake Titicaca were stunning and one of the most beautiful panoramas engraved in my memory forever.

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Mid-sunrise view of the Lake from our hostel

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End of the sunrise over the Lake

A view of the Lake from the top of the island

A view of the Lake from the top of the island

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The view of the Lake Titicaca offset by the Andes in the background

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