Travel from La Paz to Puno in Peru
August 21st 2003
Transfer by bus from La Paz to Puno, with a
stop in Copacabana. Today we say goodbye to Bolivia, getting into Peru by scheduled bus service via Copacabana along the shores of Titicaca lake.
Today will be another long daytrip by bus, traveling from La Paz to Puno
, Perù, via Copacabana, a border town with a nice cathedral. Most of the road runs close to the shores of lake Titicaca, where Totora reeds are often visible.
After a couple of hours, it is necessary to cross a branch of lake Titicaca
and while the buses are fetched by large barges, all the passengers are required to take smaller boats. The entire process takes just half an hour and probably saves hours and hours of driving around the lake.
On the bus again...
with even more beautiful views over lake Titicaca.
Pictures of Copacabana. At about midday, we reach Copacabana
and its cathedral built with a mixed Spanish/Islamic architecture
. It is important because it hosts the Virgin Mary and for this reason visited by many pilgrims.
The internal of the Cathedral in Copacabana
The belltower and the wide external courtyard
of the cathedral.It is now the time to say goodbye to Bolivia...
I'm sorry to leave this place, but I'm sure that a lot of exciting new adventures awaits me in Perù
We arrive in Puno (Peru)
in late afternoon and just after the sunset, I take a short city tour. This is the cathedral in the main square.
of the cathedral, with the decoration on the walls.
Picture of Puno. The narrow streets