Into Bolivia – Copacabana, Lake Titicaca: Ch’alla and Jetties at dusk

 

So, finally into Bolivia – its only a few hours from Puno, Peru to Copacabana (the Brazilian one was named after this town on the shores of Lake Titicaca), Bolivia. You go over a land border in which you get your exit visa stamped into your passport on the Peruvian side and then walk 20 yards to the Bolivian side to get a Bolivian entry visa stamped in (I forgot to ask for a longer 60 day one so will probably have to pay a small fine when I leave Bolivia as will have slightly overstayed the 30 day visa granted).

After checking into my hotel and failing to get a decent internet connection I headed into town and starting getting amongst it. This is the Bolivian weekly ritual of blessing ones vehicles (known as Ch’alla) in which families bring their car up to the Plaza in front of the Cathedral to decorate their drive with flowers, ribbons and douse it in alcohol (plenty of which is usually left over).

In a few days the Fiesta de la Virgen de Candelaria would begin, I was here to shoot it but until it began I could content myself photographing the Jetties, Ch’alla and paying a visit to the beautiful Isla del Sol…

Weekly ritual of blessing vehicles known as 'Ch'alla' outside the Cathedral, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Weekly ritual of blessing vehicles known as ‘Ch’alla’ outside the Cathedral, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Traditional Bolivian dish of Trout with chips and rice, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Traditional Bolivian dish of Trout with chips and rice, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Table football tables, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Table football tables, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Copacabana Beach in the late afternoon, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Copacabana Beach in the late afternoon, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Jetty on Cobacabana Beach at dusk, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Jetty on Cobacabana Beach at dusk, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Lone boat in water, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Lone boat in water, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

View from Cerro Calvario of Copacabana at dusk, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

View from Cerro Calvario of Copacabana at dusk, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

View from Cerro Calvario of Copacabana at dusk, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

View from Cerro Calvario of Copacabana at dusk, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

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