Another day, another country...
21.02.2013 21 °C
As you can probably gather, we're really happy to be leaving Puno. Next stop is a new country entirely though - Bolivia - so as well as our bus journey from Puno to Copacabana we also have a border to cross.
The scenery was beautiful, which gave me hope for a better a town on the other side!
The journey was only a few hours including the border crossing, which was really simple and the staff with the Titicaca bus company were really helpful. We got some money changed on the Peru side (Nuevo Sol into Bolivianos) and as he wouldn't exchange coins, we got that changed with an old lady on the Bolivian side of the border - definitely go with the old lady as she has a much better exchange rate!
Bolivia is a lot cheaper than the other three countries we've visited so far, our double room here in Hotel Utama is only £20 a night in comparison to around £40 in Rio. The hotel is dated (or maybe it's just the way they like here?) but clean and the room is large with a painted mural on one wall.
Copacabana seems lovely so far. Lake Titicaca is beautiful from Bolivia...
We went out for dinner on the main road through Copacabana, ordering a large bottle of beer to share and a main course each of trout, rice, chips and salad for only £11! So cheap and so delicious.
As well as realising how cheap everything was in Bolivia, this was the beginning of our understanding that everything here comes with chips and it's called salad never mind what vegetables are included (e.g. cauliflower, broccoli...) as long as they're cold.