|Unfortunately not to be confused with Copacabana Brazil|
|And there is at least 50 Bus companies running out of this station|
|It also doesn't help when your taxi driver looks like this.|
Now I don't know what it is about Bolivian bus drivers but they seem to like off-roading. Here is a picture of the road we were driving on....
|Note the gravel, the potholes, and the narrowness|
|Note the perfectly fine ashphalt road out my side window|
Now the trip from La Paz to Copacabana has two main routes, the first makes the trip 2 hours longer, and means you have to cross the Bolivian-Peruvian Border twice, which is not an insignificant inconvience. The 2nd route is far shorter but requires a ferry crossing at Ancoamaya.
This is fine, in fact its perfect it saves me time, and inconvient border crossing I am all for it. Except apparently we didn't pay for the ferry crossing in our ticket, because they load up the big ferry with the bus which at present is holding all our bags, and then it leaves the shore.
|Note that I am taking this picture of MY bus .|
You see you hoped off the bus, and the driver leaves on the ferry without so much as a gesture to how to get across the lake. I was starting to remove my shoes to swim across the lake when my german companions pointed to a little shed where the locals seemed to be wandering towards. Turns out you go over to the shed and buy a ticket to cross the river in a small boat. Yes you have to buy a ticket to get back to your luggage, someone is making some money from this...
|Frank Sanchez owner of Bolivian Bus Inc and Ancoamaya Ferries Ltd|
|Note my bus in the left hand side, and the lack of people sitting beside me.|
There were no more buses arriving and no other people looking close to wanting to cross the river so after 15 mins of waiting we managed to convince the boat driver we needed to get across the lake.
When we arrived on the other side the Bus Driver was standing on the jetty jumping up and down and yelling "Andele Andele - Arriba, Arriba", which roughly translates to "Hurry the F*** up you are holding up the Bus
|Our Bus Driver.|
|They may not have boats, but they have guns.|
|The ever-vigilant Bolivian Navy|
I mean if the only reason they were upset is that we didn't observe the ceremony of the flag raising, surely a disappointed look followed by muttering something about "Gringo" (translation " Foreign F***wit that doesn't respect anything")
|"I am not mad, I am just disappointed"|
|"I told you we were F***ing lowering the flag"|