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    Paulino's House

    by JessieLang Written Mar 29, 2012
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    Paulino Esteban built the Kon Tiki for Thor Hyerdal. Mr. Esteban is in his 90s now, and retired. His family has an interesting small museum on the property. You can also look in his workshop, and take pictures of the llama and alpaca wandering his yard.

    His family makes their living selling handicrafts, including little reed boat models.

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    Sun Island

    by JessieLang Written Mar 29, 2012

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    We walked to the harbor this morning and took a boat to Sun Island. It is steep—Our first stop was a very small village by the Inca steps. There are some 200 stone steps going up to an Inca fountain at the top of the island. The next stop, to an old Inca palace, also had a long flight of stairs, and they were uneven and had no handrail.

    Neither stop was within my ablilities (altitude is 8300 ft.) so I stayed with the boat. Going ashore on this island is not for disabled people, but the scenery is good from the boat ride.

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    See the Cathedral

    by JessieLang Written Mar 29, 2012

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    The town’s main attraction is the huge cathedral, built in 1744. It is the most important church in Bolivia, and the only one with a Madonna with Indian features.

    If you are wishing for something, the vendors outside will be happy to sell you a replica of it to take into the church

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    Cerro Calvario

    by iammon Written Apr 21, 2008

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    Copacabana from Cerro Calvario

    For sunset walk up to the Cerro Calvario. You get some nice views over the lake and the town from there. It is worth the hard breathing! And it only takes you about 30 minutes. The trail starts best from Plaza Sucre (Peru Bus station) up the Destacamento 211 to a church. Or San Antonio a parallel street will bring you up as well.

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    Isla del Sol

    by iammon Written Apr 21, 2008

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    Isla del Sol

    If you are in Copacabana do not miss out on going to Isla del Sol. We only went for a day which is better than nothing but we should have stayed a night as it is very beautiful. However a day is good to hike from the top to the bottom of the island. We took the ferry to Cha''llapampa and hiked along the beach to the Chincana ruins and the rock of the puma and the Templo del Inca . From there you can follow the track on top of the island and walk all the way back to Yumani. You will have awesome views of the lake, the coast and the mountains in the background. In Yumani you can walk down the Escalere del Inca to the ferry station to go back. Bring drinks and snacks. There are more or less only ''shops'' and ''Restaurants'' in Cha'llapampa and Yumani. Be aware of kids that want money for picture taking. Even if you take a picture of a donkey that seems not to accompanied by a person it is !!

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    VIRGEN DE COPACABANA

    by marcelo15 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    the Virgen of Copacabana.

    When you get into the church you see the Virgen de Copacabana. also named virgen de Lourdes or Dark Virgen. She is the most important divinity in Bolivia. (You can compare with Virgen de Guadalupe in Mexico).
    That´s why a lot of pilgrims from Bolivia and Peru go to visit her every year.

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    KAYAKING ON THE LAKE...

    by marcelo15 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    Marcelo, J. Carlos

    There are many things to do in Copacaba. for instance I suggest to Kayaking or maybe riding a motorbike.
    I noticed that if you are very good at Rawing you can get from Copacabana to the Sun island kayaking...but i suggest to ask to the Bolivian Navy first.

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    The church

    by SirRichard Written Jun 23, 2005

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    Main facade

    This huge church is the centre of Copacabana and deserves a visit. I couldn't as it was under restoration, but I admired the beautiful facade and the impressive wooden doors.
    At the right entrance there is a gate through which you can visit the little image of the Virgin and even buy some Holy Water if you are interested in that things.

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    Isla del Sol

    by SirRichard Updated Jun 23, 2005

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    At the ferry

    Sun Island is one of the main attractions you can visit from Copacabana. This little island is about 1-2 hours away into the Titicaca lake. There are 2 daily ferries to go and the same 2 to return.
    If you decide to sleep there, there are many cheap hostels, and even a luxury resort in the island.
    There are also several inca ruins around, and the island is very nice and quiet.

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    Calvario Hill

    by SirRichard Written Jun 23, 2005

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    The view from the top

    This is the hill you can see at the right if you look to the lake. It was named "Calvary" upon the famous hill where Christ was crucified. It even has a "Via Crucis" on the way up, for those that make the ascension for religious reasons.
    You can also go there to admire the wonderful views of the lake and the village from up there. BUT there is no road, you have to climb steps!

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    Isla Suriqui.

    by euzkadi Written Apr 19, 2005

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    From Huatajata, crossing the lake (around 20 minutes), you´ll reach Suriqui Island, the place where almost all the Totora boat constructers were born. A small and interesting town, with few tourist. Nice.

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    Moorish-Style Cathedral

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jan 2, 2005

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    Copacabana's Moorish Cathedral

    Built between 1589 and 1669 by the Augustinians, the Cathedral is the home of the "Dark Virgin," Camarin de la Virgen de Candelaria. Carved by Francisco Yupanqui in 1582, the Virgin has reputedly performed several miracles and many people make pilgrimages to see her. See also a separate travelogue.

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    Copacabana's Plaza 2 de Febrero

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jan 2, 2005

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    Plaza 2 de Febrero

    This is the main plaza. The Cathedral is on the south side. There are many vendors in this area. The 6 de Agosto runs east-west between the plaza and the Cathedral. It is the main street in Copacabana and there are many restaurants and hotels on it as it heads toward the beach.

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    View from Second Station of the Cross

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jan 2, 2005

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    Second Station of the Cross

    The rocks on the platform at the base of the cross are from people tossing away their sins. See my local customs tip. Copacabana is straddled by two small mountains, Cerro Calvario and the one to the south that is in the background of this picture.

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    Camarin de la Virgen de Candelaria

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jan 2, 2005

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    Dark Virgin in Small Chapel

    The Virgin stays in a glass case in a niche that can either face the main church (on the huge, ornate gold altar) or can face into a smaller chapel back of the altar. She was facing toward the latter the day I was there.

    You are not supposed to take pictures in the Cathedral but I can explain this one. These 10 ladies (retired schoolteachers from the Santa Cruz area) had done a pilgrimage to see the Virgin. The ladies had even brought musical instruments and were singing songs to her; they were very moved and some were even crying from the emotion. Mario and I were the only other people in the chapel. We were sitting quietly, just listening and trying to be unobtrusive.

    When they finished singing, they asked Mario to take pictures of them with the Virgin. They just had point and shoot cameras with autoflashes, so I volunteered to take a picture without flash to e-mail to them. Ergo, the picture.

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