Although my hobo-istic tendencies have been slightly truncated with my home base in Peru (where I’ve lived for the last year and a half or so), it hasn’t stymied my desire (nor ability) to continue traveling. Hence, my recent trip to Isla del Sol (island of the sun), on Lake Titicaca, in Bolivia.

Copacabana (in Bolivia, not to be confused with the beach in Rio de Janeiro) is the launching point to Isla del Sol. It’s just beyond the Peru/Bolivia border, which is about 10 hours from Cusco by bus.

The border crossing itself is an experience. After checking out of one country (eg: Peru), you walk about 200 metres through a busy marketplace to check into the next country (Bolivia). I don’t know what country this “no man’s land” specifically belongs to, but it is a hustle and bustle of people selling everything from fabric to DVDs to plastic tubs to puffed pork fat.

Copacabana itself is a small(ish) town on Lake Titicaca, which has its share of accommodation options, and mainly serves people going to and from Isla del Sol and other islands. (And even though it bears no relation to its sister in Rio, I couldn’t help but sing the famous song about Copacabana repeatedly while I was there – much to my travel partner’s chagrin).Sign welcomes visitors to Isla de lSol

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