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Peru/Bolivia - 9 December, 2001

 

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Location Latitude Longitude Elevation

Travel Distance

Start Hotel, Puno S1550.854' W07001.256' 3,861 m
Peru - Bolivia border (Kasani crossing) . . . .
Copacabana . . . .
Ferry crossing (Lake Titicaca - Estrecho de Tiquina) . . . 2 km (by ferry)
Finish Hotel , La Paz S1629.738' W06808.406' 3,689 m 276 km

Leg 1 Total:

5,609 km

Galapagos:

771 km

Grand Total:

6,381 km

 

Weather: Partly cloudy, with occasional sun and rain/hail.  Cool and windy.

 

 

Today we enter Bolivia.  We cannot describe our pleased we are that Jacqui got her visa (thanks, Sam, for your help) and we are going.  After a quick breakfast, we pack up the truck and head off.  After about 2 hours of driving, some along the shores of Lake Titicaca, we arrive at the border at Kasani.  We have an easy exiting and we head onto to Bolivia.  When the immigration officer looks at the passenger list and sees that there is a Malaysian on board, he immediately asks to see Jacqui's passport and whether she has a visa.  We are not sure whether he saw this as a chance for a little coffee money, or whether he was just so eager to check to see if she had a visa.  Anyway, we make it through and are on our way.  We have to move our watches forward by an hour.

 

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We stop in the small lake side town of Copacabana for lunch.  It was a bit run down, but we got a nice fish meal for a very good price.  We drove through some nice scenery on our way to La Paz.  On the way, we had to cross Lake Titicaca by ferry.  We had to get off the truck and into small boats.  The truck went on a barge across the strait.

 

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La Paz is in a valley and we got a great view of the city as we came over the ridge and headed down into the valley.  The sprawling city has spread from the valley bottom all the way up the valley walls, and onto the surrounding plains.  We arrive in La Paz at 6:30 PM and check into our hotel.  We go for dinner at a restaurant near the hotel and then spend some time at the internet cafe before heading back to the hotel.

 

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