Bolivia was just a passing place to me between Peru and Brazil, a necessary transit country if I didn’t want to fly all the time. It was to be so much more than that. The journey from Peru to Bolivia was a long bus from Cusco to La Paz with stopovers at Puno and Copacabana. My mode of transport was Bolivia hop, after using them to get around Peru I was happy to use them again as safe transportation.
The stop at Puno was just for a few hours to drop people off and to visit the floating islands on Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca is one of South Americas largest lakes and the worlds highest navigable body of water at around 3800m, with a surface area of roughly 8300km2. Puno is pretty much here just for the floating islands which were overrated to say the least. The islands are constructed by the Uros people and are made entirely out of reeds and have several different communities on them. On our tour we only got to see the tourist area where we got to see the traditional clothes and try to be forced into them and pay for the privilege and then buy some items that they made. After this stop we went to another island where we were sold hot chocolate, which was welcomed as it was absolutely freezing.
From Puno we set off to Copacabana around Lake Titicaca and over the Bolivian border. Copacabana was a 5 hour stopover to stretch legs and visit Isla de Sol or for some just stay on dry land. Copacabana was an ok town not much else to do there other than Isla de Sol. The trip over takes forever on very slow boats, its good to wrap up very warm as the boat ride is freezing. Isla de Sol has some stunning scenery from where the boat drops you off to where it picks you up. It is an impressive boat ride and gives you a awe-inspiring view of Lake Titicaca. You can stay over on the island which would be nice if you’re in a relationship as there is literally nothing to do but sit and look at the amazing views.
From Copacabana we set off to La Paz. Bolivia Hop was a great way to do this. After Copacabana we had to head off to a water crossing which involved getting out of the bus and crossing ourselves by a little boat while the bus got on a little wooden raft. Our boat driver was absolutely smashed he could hardly stand and managed to crash us into the dock on the other side. Took another 20 minute for our bus to arrive safely back on dry land.
After this short break we were bundled back onto the bus given popcorn and a movie to get us the rest of the way to La Paz. Was pretty good way to travel and the rest of the way went smoothly after the drug police boarded the coach and went searching through peoples bags. Drug checks on tourist coaches are common, think this check was the third and last one I would have in South America. We arrived in La Paz at around 10pm and they dropped everyone off at their hotels/hostels. La Paz on first impressions is not safe and a bit rough.