Our bus was rocking on the waves
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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!
of Bolivia looks no different from Peru.
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.