Our bus was rocking on the waves

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This is madness!

Off to Bolivia. That morning, my companion Aart already noticed that he had a fever, but otherwise he seemed ok, so we continued the journey to La Paz. From Puno it is a quick ride of three hours or so to the bordertown Copacabana. Lots of tourists stay for a day or more in Copacabana to enjoy the lake or to visit an island or two, but we continued to La Paz by switching to a bus of a Bolivian company. Crossing the border took some time because there was an American who was not aware that he had to pay 135 dollars to enter Bolivia.

 

Half an hour from Copacabana, the road ends and we need to cross over a part of lake Titicaca. There is no bridge so this is what happens:

Everybody exits the bus, but the backpacks stay inside. All the passengers have to buy a ticket for a small motorboat that brings us across. Meanwhile, the bus is driven upon a shaky wooden raft with a very little boat engine. It is unbelievable! We all were staring at our bus while it was rocking on the waves. All our belongings were in there!

 

This part of Bolivia looks no different from Peru.

First view of La Paz
The Altiplano is basically a barren wasteland and everywhere there are women wearing high hats. La Paz makes for a repulsive approach, because half an hour before you enter the city itself, the bus has to squirm its way through the rubble that is the city of El Alto. El Alto used to be a suburb of La Paz, but it became so big that nowadays it is a city in its own right. And it is nothing but slums, for endless kilometers and kilometers.

 

But then, the real La Paz comes into view! La Paz is built inside a canyon. The city center and the high office buildings are located in the lowest part and the suburbs have grown upwards until they spilled over the edge of the canyon and spread out upon the high plateau. Completely unexpected, the bus enters the canyon and the whole of La Paz lays open before you, the highrise buildings down in the center against a background of snowcapped mountains, the sacret Illimani (Golden Eagle) among them.

 

The sight of modern La Paz in its canyon with the snowy Illimani behind it makes for one of the most awesome cityviews in the world.

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This is madness!
This is madness!
Copacabana on lake Titicaca
Copacabana on lake Titicaca
First view of La Paz
First view of La Paz
Barren highland of Bolivia
Barren highland of Bolivia
Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca
There goes the bus
There goes the bus
Rocking on the waves
Rocking on the waves
There goes our bus!
There goes our bus!
Bolivia
Bolivia
First view of La Paz
First view of La Paz
First view of La Paz
First view of La Paz
Copacabana
photo by: aliciaaa