Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Copacabana: Electric blue with red, pink, yellow

 Picarones: a sweet and greasy breakfast.

Puffed wheat?


On weekends, cars and buses come to be blessed with the flowers at the Virgen de la Candelaria Cathedral.

"Copacabana: Clean city".

Fascinating wax figures made by visitors to the temple for the Virgin of Copacabana. Most were of houses or buses.

 "Don't dirty the walls with wax".... strictly enforced, I see. These buses are great.

 Very peaceful, like most of the Bolivia I got to know.


 Buses to La Paz.

 Back to the Lake.

 That electric blue.

 Town seen from the marina.

 Now is that not the cutest thing you've ever seen?

 Pretty cute too.

Climbing one of Copacabana's hills, you come across the stations of the cross. Pilgrims through stones at each station on the way up.

 Ceremonies with incense and beer.

 The Cathedral seen from above.

Truly breath-taking.

 Even the garbage looks pristine.

 The beer used in blessings.

 Simon Bolivar...

And amongst all of the splendor is some pretty extreme poverty. More than half of Bolivians live below the poverty rate.

 A local cook.

 Peruvian kid on the boat from Copacabana to La Isla del Sol, the Island of the Sun.

 Still impossibly enchanting...

 Donkeys are the only form of transportation on this quiet island.

 It's easy to loose your breath climbing the steps to the inhabited section of La Isla del Sol... we're up at almost 4,000 meters above sea level.

 Polleras al sol.

 Not a bad view!

The Aymara name for the island is, simply, Titi'kaka.

Nuevos amigos de Argentina, Francia, Colombia y España: Alejandro, Loan, Hernán, Diego, Leticia y Cécile.

 Pink toilet paper.

This picture is more like a bookmark, reminding me of the unreal amount of stars that could be seen from La Isla del Sol at night.


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