Before visiting Bolivia, all we knew was that Bolivia was a relatively poor country compared to Canada and that it was rich in superstition. After leaving Bolivia, I wish that we planned to stay longer because it was relatively cheap living, beautiful and it never ceased to surprise us with its diversity of traditions and modern developments.
We decided to use the company Bolivia Hop to get from Cusco, Peru to Copacabana, Bolivia (and eventually to La Paz). It was nice using this company because there is an English speaking guide who can explain the ins and outs of the country and what was happening at each of our stops. It was another night bus, and after riding the extremely comfortable Cruz Del Sur, this was not a fun ride. The seats did not recline very far, and it was very difficult to find a comfortable position. Travelling tired, with tired children is not the funnest experience...
Copacabana was a great place to visit because of the lake life for the kids. Being near the water and having a sandy beach to play in was so relaxing. Water and sand are definitely the two best ingredients for a family trip! Those two ingredients can entertain a child (and an adult) for hours on end! And, we got to have fresh trout for dinner! If you read our previous post about the Uros Islands, you would have read that the trout was introduced from North America and is now an invasive species in Lake Titicaca, so we didn’t feel badly when we each had our own fish for dinner.
I was pretty disappointed in missing the children’s events, but as we stopped to figure out what to do next, we heard music and followed our ears, which ended up taking us to their Central Park. Wowee! What a Central Park they have in La Paz! We saw two separate fairs with carnival rides, a music stand where a band was playing cover songs from bands such as Green Day and Guns and Roses, a big BBQ cooking up pigs, and street vendors with all sorts of goodies! There also seemed to be a soccer tournament going on in the soccer fields in the park and we also saw people lined up outside their open air theatre for some other event going on!
After eating some lunch and taking a ride on the Ferris Wheel, we decided to just keep walking to see what we could see and soon we found ourselves on a huge boardwalk, about a kilometre long, that took us high above the streets all the way to Pipiripi (La Paz’s Children’s museum). It cost us about $5 (Canadian) for the whole family to ride up their funicular and explore the museum for the rest of the day. There were science themes, lots of hands on fun and a focus on reusing materials for play. We could easily have spent another couple of days there, and it would be easy to afford since it was only about $5 for a family of 4!
|Math class with a beautiful view at our hostel.|
|The bridge to Sende Verde (only two people allowed on the bridge at a time!)|
Many people like to take photos here that play with perspective. We took our fair share of photos too. You can see them on our Instagram feeds: @greatbigfamilyadventure and @vida_sabatica. Our guide was practically a professional photographer. He lined us up and told us what to do and took most of the pictures.
One of the most exciting parts of this tour was that there was a lot of open space around us, so we could play with our ball and frisbee. Most places in Bolivia and Peru did not have parks or open spaces to play (at least not where we were), and so this was such a treat! There were times where we had a chance to explore an old island or go on a short tour, but really, the kids just wanted to play. So we did.