21.03.2010 58 °F
Well Wendy & myself are feeling much better, except that we are extremely short (huff) of (puff) breath (gasp) ALL THE TIME. COPD must suck. The transit from Corioco to Copacabana via La Paz went off without a hitch. We just returned from 3 days on lake titicaca, and one night on the Isla del Sol. Funny how the guide books never mention the 45 minute hike up, up, up to the top of the island to reach the village. And at 4000 meters it was bit of a slog. We only spent one night but saw some beautiful scenery & I had a fantastic meal of fried trout in the sweetest little, albeit primitive, place. We returned to Copa ready for some hammock time. We rested, read, played backgammon & prayed to the Virgin Guadalupe of Copacabana for safe travels. She is the most revered saint in all of Bolivia & people come from all over the country make the journey to ask her to bless........ their cars. Uh, huh, their CARS! The cars arrive in front of the cathedral every Sunday & get all festooned in a mixture gladiolas,miniature reed boats & other trinkets. Beer is sprayed on the tires after the priest blesses the vehicle. It is quite the spectacle.
For a foodie bolivia was quite disappointing; lots of fried, bland meat & potatoes. We are hopeful that Peruvian food will be better. We have just arrived in Puno, Peru today & just finished our business of securing a hotel & changing money. We are off for a bite of food & window shopping. Up at the crack of dawn tomorrow for the 10 hour bus ride to Cusco. More from cusco, with photos, I promise.