Chile - Bolivia 2006

Travel time: March / April 2006  |  by Valerie Couarraze

Copacabana

Only a few marvelous bus hours from La Paz (don't count in km anymore since it does not tell you much here), Copacabana lays on Lake Titicaca and is well-known for its pilgrims and fiestas - though it is somehow a strange combination. It lays on a religious pilgrim route that was already used by the Incas! Quite a few tourists hang there, some for a longer time...

I personally liked it for its wonderful location on the lake shore, its bright colors, its reasonable size and quiet and peaceful atmosphere after the giant tumultuous La Paz. A real vacation feeling invaded me.

I personally liked it for its wonderful location on the lake shore, its bright colors, its reasonable size and quiet and peaceful atmosphere after the giant tumultuous La Paz. A real vacation feeling invaded me.

Its beach is all right but nothing to compare with the one in Brazil with the same name. Well, it can not have everything.

Its beach is all right but nothing to compare with the one in Brazil with the same name. Well, it can not have everything.

And the cathedral. Incredibly white and in a unusual Moorish-style for the region.

And the cathedral. Incredibly white and in a unusual Moorish-style for the region.

Cars and buses are blessed in front of the cathedral on a regular basis. It is called the vehicle cha’lla and applies independently of the three main religions (Incas, Aymara, Christians).

Cars and buses are blessed in front of the cathedral on a regular basis. It is called the vehicle cha’lla and applies independently of the three main religions (Incas, Aymara, Christians).

Beautiful “azulejos” (colorful ceramics).

Beautiful “azulejos” (colorful ceramics).

The chapter about lunch fits nowhere really, so I put it here: For lunch we mostly have some food of the street if not an "almuerzo", lunch with soup, big meal (sometimes very big) and desert or coffee. As warm snacks or bakeries from the street we have these "empanadas" with chicken or cheese or "saltenas" (but the guys do not like this one because of its very generous juicy content that can get out of control) or the fantastic filled potatoes with onions, minced meat and salad which I don't remember the name. The "humitas", a corn-based meal mixed with beef, vegetables..., and wrapped in a corn leaf, is also delicious.

Lake Titicaca is beautiful, nothing to ad

Lake Titicaca is beautiful, nothing to ad

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The trip
 
Description:
A long time ago I decided to travel to South America - to Argentina or Chile. First no money as a student, then no time as a (hard-)worker. But now my little brother and his friends are spending 6 months over there on their globe-trotter-trip. So no poor excuse anymore. I pack my shoes. My flight starts from Francfort/M, Germany to Santiago de Chile and returns from La Paz, Bolivia. We will backpack from Santiago up to the North until the boarder travelling by bus or train.
Details:
Start of journey: Mar 15, 2006
Duration: 3 weeks
End of journey: Apr 07, 2006
Travelled countries: Chile
Argentina
Bolivia
The Author
 
Valerie Couarraze is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 16 years.
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