yeah, if you try to climb the Mountain "el calvario". you`ll have one of the most beautiful view of the lake titikaka. believe me it`s something that you can`t miss it.
yeah, i know that it may be difficult for you. but it`s really worth to be there!!!
When you take the ferry to the island you also get a mini tour of the island. This involves hiking the initial portion through a small village and to some important Inca ceremonial places. When the tour reaches this sacrifice table you are free to carry on by yourself to the other end of the island.
This stone table was used (and I believe still may be today) in the ceremonial offerings. Llamas and other animals were sacrificed to honor the gods on special occasions.
Another beautifull thing to do, is just chill, relax, drinking something watching the amazing sunset on the Lake.
there are few good points where to see the sunset, altought, it is also ok to check it from the errace of your GH.
a nice way to spend a day in Copacabana is to take a ferry and travel trought hte Lake till Isla del Sol y de La luna.
You can enjoy nice views of the lake, meet nice and beautifull local people,...and just relax on the lake.
The ferrie leaves from the harbour every morning at 08 am and the whole excurion takes you on the islands till 06pm.
the costs (including entry fees) should be not more then 5US.
You can organize it by your own (just walking till the harbour and ask for it), or there are a lot of travel agencies that can provide the same services (be willing to spend 7/10US each)
On the way back to Copacabana from the Island of the Sun we had the pleasure of being piloted by some of the most observant captains you could ever ask for. Attention to detail ensured that our boat cruised back harbour without any problems. This two man team should be congratulated on a job well done!
Every morning you can catch a boat from Copacabana to the Island of the Sun. This island was very important to the Inca people. It takes about 4 hours to walk from one end to the other. Where you can either catch the boat back to Copacabana or stay a couple nights on the lsland.
Isla del Sol is simply a must for people who love nice landscapes. I sat during hours and hours just watching the surrondings and the majestic lake Titicaca, in an incredible state of peace, silence and serenity... Quite mental!
Give yourself at least three hours to go from the north of the island to its south (approx. 12kms). On top of walking, you can have a look at the ruins spreading on the island (the nicest being the ones in the southern part), and at an impressive Inca stairs right after your arrival in the port. You'll be able to find many fossils on the island, showing that it used to be under the water.
I really recommend you spend at least one night on the island (the 1 day trip offered by the 2 main agencies in Copacabana is really too short!) and thus should not miss the sun rise. There are many places where to sleep either in the northern or southern part, and the inhabitants (4000) are more than friendly and welcoming!
One of the main attractions of staying in Copacabana is how close it is it the Island of the sun and of the moon. These islands were very important to the Incas and contain ruins and museums to explore. The boat leave every morning from the beach and is a very slow 2 hour boat ride.
The "Horca delInca" is a three-rock-structure (as you see in the photo) that resembles a gallows. It is believed that the Incas used these rocks for astronomical researches, to observe the sun and stars. You can see how the sun refelcts off the boulders when you are there during equinoxes.
La Virgen de Candelaria or the Dark Virgin of the Lake resides in La Catedral. She is attributed many miracles and is the patron saint of Bolivia. The many vendors outside the cathedral sell medallions or likenesses of the Virgin and candles for offering.
According to legend, la Isla del Sol is the birthplace of the first Inca, Manco Capac and his sister-wife, Mama Occllo. This alone is reason enough for the local popularity of the area. You will be literally walking on the path the Incas used to traverse the island and at the end, descend a staircase built by them as well. Enjoy ....
Of course, if you stay on the island, you will want to do some hiking. Though it is hilly, once you make the ascent, it's pretty much a ridge walk from one end of the island to the other. You can elect to be dropped off at the northern end and hike to the southern port to be picked up. We elected to do this and it was about 4 leisurely hours from one end to the other. Read my Fondest Memory in my Bolivia page for a funny anecdote concerning this walk.
It would be crazy to visit Copacabana without making the excursion to Isla del Sol. You can do a day trip strictly by boat or stay any number of days. It cost 10 Bolivianos or about $3 for the round trip fare and you can arrange to come back the next day or a few days later if that's what you want. The boat ride out is a fantastic way of seeing the lake up close too.
Lake Titicaca is renowned as the world's highest navigable lake and at over 4000 m it just may very well be. What cannot be disputed is the sheer beauty of it and not hard to see why it became such an important religious place for local Indians, and why it remains so to this very day.
Of course, Copacabana's main drawing card is its close proximity to Lake Titicaca. Many of the cafes line the beachfront and with Cerro Calvario in site, it is quite a pleasant place to while away some hours. There are paddle boats and even kayaks for rent!