detour: from la paz to copacabana and back

Getting from one place to another in South America sometimes requires some time on the road. Luckily for those traveling in Bolivia, the time spent going from “Point A” to “Point B” offers some of the best opportunities to see the country at its best. From the activities and commotion of the early morning to the breathtaking vistas and serene sunsets, the scenes from the road are some of the best.

From La Paz to Copacabana and back:

The city streets of La Paz are busy from the first signs of morning light. From the earliest hours of the day until the sun sets at night, the streets of La Paz are alive.

The city streets of La Paz are busy from the first signs of morning light. From the earliest hours of the day until the sun sets at night, the streets of La Paz are alive.

The work day in La Paz starts with the sunrise: stores open their doors, workers queue in line to catch the bus and vendors have already begun to sell their goods for the day.

The work day in La Paz starts with the sunrise: stores open their doors, workers queue in line to catch the bus and vendors have already begun to sell their goods for the day.

In Bolivia, religion is everywhere. Even on the public city bus.

In Bolivia, religion is everywhere. Even on the public city bus.

Leading the way through the countryside and to Copacabana just over 100km but a world away from La Paz.

Leading the way through the countryside and to Copacabana just over 100km but a world away from La Paz.

Just the typical countryside scenery along the drive: endless golden fields and imposing Andes Mountain peaks. Welcome to Bolivia.

Just the typical countryside scenery along the drive: endless golden fields and imposing Andes Mountain peaks. Welcome to Bolivia.

Stopping at a picturesque point for a roadside photo-op only possible in Bolivia

Stopping at a picturesque point for a roadside photo-op only possible in Bolivia

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The drive from La Paz to Copacabana is filled with breathtaking landscapes the whole way.

The journey from one destination to next is not all on the road. To save hundreds of kilometers and hours of time, most opt for the short boat trip across the narrow point of Lake Titicaca from the town of St. Peter to that of St. Paul.

The journey from one destination to next is not all on the road. To save hundreds of kilometers and hours of time, most opt for the short boat trip across the narrow point of Lake Titicaca from the town of St. Peter to that of St. Paul.

What about the cars, you ask? They've got their own ride...

What about the cars, you ask? They’ve got their own ride…

Company on the short boat ride.

Company on the short boat ride.

Welcome to St. Paul! For those who need a bathroom or are hungry from the drive, once on this side of the lake passengers have about 15 minutes to kill before their car arrives.

Welcome to St. Paul! For those who need a bathroom or are hungry from the drive, once on this side of the lake passengers have about 15 minutes to kill before their car arrives.

Remember to take in some of the last views of serene Lake Titicaca...

Remember to take in some of the last views of serene Lake Titicaca…

... before returning back to bustling La Paz.

… before returning back to bustling La Paz.

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