This magical small town of Copacabana is 3,800 metres above sea level and on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca and a great place to spend 2-3 nights. We were lucky enough to arrive on the Saturday of Easter weekend and we pre booked two nights at the cheapest hotel on booking.com we could find. It was $20 a night for a room with two twin beds but soon after we got there we realized how many cheaper hostels were in the town and just just not advertised anywhere online! This is where I started to realize we did not need to prebook too much in advance in Bolivia. We found a hotel on the third night for 40 bolivianos ($6) each and the only difference was no free breakfast. (Which is okay because usually just bread and coffee.)
In shorts and a t-shirt with a beer in our hand sitting on the sandy littered beach we found the paradise we were looking for. Since it was Easter it turned the small beach town into a camping retreat full of families and drunk friends all drinking Fernets and coke and cheap liters of beer. Of course after 10 minutes on the beach we found ourselves with five Bolivian men whom invited us to drink with them! Now our Spanish is very minimal and their English is basically nonexistent but luckily drinking is an international way to instantly make friends. After a few hours and a bit tipsy we were ready to move on to get some dinner! This town offers street food and small mom and pop shop restaurants for dinner so of course the classic fried fish/rice and soup were our dinner for less than $5 each. You can find fish stalls on the beach or the variety of pasta, trout, papa fritas and ceviche around the main street of Av. 6 de Agosto. After stuffing ourselves full we headed over to this amazing tea/cafe night market that is between the trucha fish market that is open during lunch and the other side where there are fruit and vegetable and meat stalls. To give you an idea of where this is if you are on Av. 6 de Agosto and you are looking toward the water it is one street over to the right! It will be hard to miss just look for the sign that says Cafe Mercado! Or follow the small crowd of people heading into a big building. We had a tea and ate a few brunello donuts that are made right in front of you and then spent the next three nights doing the same routine. You will feel in with the locals being there. The cafe/tea night market is something I truly believe should make it’s way towards the states.
Since there are no supermarkets in this town just get ready to be constantly eating street food like empanadas, chips or nuts sold on the street and fruit. Do not be afraid to barter on the street as hardly any places will have signs for prices because if you are a tourist you will not get the same price as a local. But if you thinking you are only getting charged a few Bolivianos more don’t argue it, the money means more to them than to yourself. Sunday, as people were leaving after the weekend was over we spent our day relaxing in the sun and doing a little 30 minute steep climb up to the Stations of the Cross. You can’t miss this little gem as it is the one huge hill in the city and it is best to be there during sunset. A view that is worth more than 1,000 pictures.
On the third day in Copacabana it was time to take a little boat ride for $6.50 USD (45 Bolivianos roundtrip) to go to the island called Isle De Sol. Of course when we got to the sun island it was pouring down rain the first few hours we were there but luckily we brought our ponchos and positive attitudes to explore around anyway. We got dropped off on the south island and were only allowed to trek there and not the north island since they have a bad relationship with one another. Wish I knew more details about it but the locals were pretty hush hush about the fight. It was an incredibly beautiful island with million dollar views everywhere you looked. There are a ton of hostels you can spend the night at that you do not need to prebook online but we took the 8am boat in and took the last boat back to Copacabana at 4pm. There are a lot of pizza places surprisingly there so beware of not very authentic food. The island was great for a day trip but we had no desire staying there. Maybe if it was sunny and warm it would be a different story but we were happy with our choice!
On the last morning after waking up we wondered out of the hotel and found street food ceviche for breakfast. I really could get used to eating ceviche everyday. Then as we were thinking of how to get to La Paz in the little plaza we heard a guy yelled “La Paz, La Paz!” and he was selling bus tickets for the four hour long ride for only 25 Bolivanos (less than $4)! Buses come and go all the time from this city to Cusco and La Paz so never be scarred of being stranded. We grabbed our bags quickly from the hotel and headed our way on to the next city! One big advice I can give is just play it by ear in this country. The best deals, food and hostels will be the ones you have done zero research about before. If you are curious of seeing what Isla De Sol is like click the video above!
5) Rainbow Mountain, Cusco, Sacred Valley
6) Machu Pichu
1) Copacabana and Isla Del Sol
2) La Paz
1) San Pedro De Atacama
4) La Serena
5) Puerto Iquazu
6) Buenos Aires