The birthday celebrations couldn’t have started any better: we had a fantastic room with a unspoilt view of Lake Titicaca.
After lunch we ventured for a walk around Esteves island, where the hotel is situated. We spotted wild alpacas and had spectacular views of the lake.
It was then on to the hotels spa, intense steam room, somewhat cool sauna and a bubbling jacuzzi. As we sat in our bathrobes watching the sun go down over Lake Titicaca we were fortunate enough to see a group of alpacas making there way home. Life doesn’t get much better than this, we thought. However, it was at the dinner table when things started to take a turn for the worst…
S: As I made my menu selections, I began to feel a slight dizziness in my head and that dreaded churning of the stomach. I couldn’t believe it, my birthday night in wonderful sorroundings, and I couldn’t get my food down. It was with much disappointment that we had to cut the evening short and head to our room.
Unfortunately a night’s sleep made no difference and we had to call out a doctor the following day. I was diagnosed with an infection of the intestine and given a concotion of colourful pills. Once the doctor had departed, one of the hotel staff turned up at our room with a terrifying cylinder of oxygen and insisted I lay down for 10 minutes of treatment. S
R: not to be left out, I woke up the same morning with a badly-cricked neck, but thought nothing more of it. R
At lunchtime we headed for the bus station accompanied by Antonio who owns Kuntur Inn, our accommodation during the first two nights in Puno. He couldn’t do enough for us and soon we were on the bus and after three hours on a bumpy road we were crossing the border into Bolivia. Ten minutes from there, we were in Copacabana situated on the southern shore of Lake Titicaca. A short taxi ride saw us arrive at our new accomodation, the Ecolodge.
R: our first night in Copacabana wasn’t a great one. Sophia was still unwell and I had an horrendous time with some strange fever which exacerbated the pains in my neck and all down my left side. Most peculiarly. R
Originally we only intended to stay at the Ecolodge for a couple of nights, head to Isla de Sol for an overnighter, and then on to La Paz. But we have time on our side and the Ecolodge is not a bad place to convalesce. It’s 20 minutes or so from the town, overlooks the bay and apart from a barking dog named Luna is peaceful both day and night.