Wednesday...............Best seat on the bus?
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I am typing this from the Hotel Rosario de Lago, Cocacabana as the sun sets over Lake Titicaca, Bolivia.
This morning when we left La Paz a little after 8 it was overcast and then it began to rain. I have the best seat on the bus; it's one of those big buses and I have the seat behind the driver. There are approx 25 people on the bus. We pass through El Alto again and then it gets colder. It appears that the rain is very cold as it is forming ice on the windscreen. Then we realize that it has started snowing. It is getting very cold, that’s when we find out that the bus has no heating. I have lots of warm clothes, but most of them are packed in my suitcase.
We have to cross a small expanse of water at some stage. The driver and I go across in the bus on a bus ferry. Everyone else, including the guide, go by motorboat. The guide has decided that it’s not worth the trouble of getting me on and off the bus and boat. When we get to the other side and everyone gets back on, I’m rather pleased that I stayed on the bus, as everyone else is very cold.
The clouds and rain clear as we leave the mountains and come to Lake Titicaca. We arrive at the Hotel Rosario del Lago after dropping people off at another location. There is the guide, David, and six other people on the tour. The others are all in their twenties (I guess). A husband and wife from England, three girls from Italy and a guy from England. We have lunch together in the restaurant at 12:30 and then at about 1:30 we go together to a small boat, 2 minutes walk from the lake and go across the lake to la Isla del Sol (Sun Island). When we go over to Isla del Sol, Peru is on our left, Bolivia on the right. We climb up the steps to the Pilkokayna Inca temple ruins.
The others finally arrive and we leave the island a bit after five. The guide could have organised things a bit better.
Had dinner in the restaurant, very nice food
Mini bar prices; 600ml water BOB6, AUD0.86, Skittles 61.5g BOB10, AUD1.44, Oreos 43g BOB2, AUD0.28, Pringles 50g BOB10, AUD1.44.
2 day tour from La Paz to Copacabana Puno with Turisbus, Pasaje Capitán Ravelo # 2157, La Paz, Bolivia. Teléfono: 591 2 2441756 y el 591 2 2451341, Fax: 591 2 2441305
(US$152 incl lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch, hotel accomm, 1 night at Hotel Rosario del Lago, Copacabana, bus to Puno.) http://www.hotelrosario.com/lago/index.php?lang=en
The wifi in the hotel is down tonight.