April 7-8, 2017 Oruro is not a usual tourist stop. We just stopped there to break up a long busride. We’d heard some scary stories about Bolivian buses and didn’t want our first Bolivian bus experience to be a disaster. It ended up being about 4 hours on nice paved roads. We arrived in Oruro in the afternoon, and had no problem walking to our hostel.
April 6-7, 2017 In La Paz our hop-on-hop-off bus ticket with Peru Hop ended at the Hostal Copacabana, where we had a nice little room. We arrived at night and I scared Danielle by going out to find a pre-sleep snack. The receptionist (who spoke English amazingly well) told me that the police recommended tourists were inside before 1am. Since it was well before that, I figured it was fine to just walk the block in front of our hotel.
April 2-5, 2017 We didn’t do anything in Copacabana besides eat lunch and use the ATM to get our first Bolivianos. Then we got on a boat (organized by Bolivia Hop) to the island of Isla del Sol. This was not an overloaded boat like in the picture, but instead we paid just a little more to have a lot more space. The passage took maybe an hour, and was quite pleasant.