Thankfully, the disputes causing the road blocks between La Paz and Copacabana were resolved shortly after my arrival in La Paz and I was able to plan a trip to Lake Titicaca via Copacabana and Isla del Sol. I spent an incredible three days hiking around the lake and getting to know some of the magnificent street dogs in the area. Honestly, some of the dogs I met there were the best travel companions I’ve had so far!
The bus to Copacabana was extremely straightforward. I booked a Bs 35 tourist bus that picked me up at my La Paz hostel at 8am and I arrived in Copacabana around noon. I then hiked to Cerro Calvario, a religious site that features 14 stations of the cross as well as magnificent views of Copacabana and the lake.
The following day I missed the 8:30 boat to Isla del Sol and the only other options were to wait until 1:30 for the next boat or walk north toward Yampupata and get a private boat from there. I chose the latter, and it was definitely a great choice! Not only did I have a wonderful canine companion, but I was treated to total tranquility as the sole person for most of the 4-hour walk.
I spent my second night on Isla del Sol, which again was simply fantastic. I thought I had seen a lot of stars at the Colca Canyon, but the night sky on the island was even more dazzling.