The day I saw a lady walking uphill, carrying a coffee table on her back...
22.02.2013 20 °C
You can tell we're now in a hotel. Breakfast was great - tea, coffee, orange juice, fruit salad, yoghurt, pancakes, egg, ham, tomato and bread - and all served to you. Makes a nice change. And more good news, the view from our room is beautiful -
The weather was lovely, compared to Puno, and we went for a walk around the small town, looking at the shops and stalls. We walked down a steep hill and saw a not-so-young lady, wearing traditional clothes, walking uphill with a wooden coffee table strapped to her back?! I swear the women here are superhuman! At the bottom we realised we were in the residential area with chickens and pigs roaming around.
Back at the top there was a gleaming white church, Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Copacabana, with tiled roofs and inside, as well as the usual ornate gold leaf, some of the walls and ceiling were painted bright colours. We weren't allowed to take photos inside but Andrew got one...
From there we walked down the hill to the lake, and it really it beautiful in the daytime too. You forget that it's a lake as it's so enormous.
After a quick walk back to the hotel to get changed - it was too hot - we sat down for dinner on the lake. We had the menu of the day, which consisted of quinoa and vegetable soup to start, steak, rice, chips and vegetables for main and chocolate coated banana for dessert, all for princely sum of £2 sterling each! We also ordered a large bottle of sprite to share and so the waiter nipped over the road to the shop to buy it before charging us double As we were eating the clouds rolled in and the weather was much colder, luckily Andrew had just purchased some leg warmers (for under his trousers, which is permissible...i think?) so he put them on with his shorts! Great look...shame I didn't take a pic!
On the way back to the hotel there were some very strange shaped houses, including a snail's shell shape that was under construction. I think they may be Eco houses as that seems to be quite fashionable around here too.
In the evening we went for dinner at La Orilla, a recommendation from tripadvisor. We had a bowl of spicy chilli con carne with garlic bread and a couple of beers, all for £10. We could get use to the prices here!