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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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    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 Magical Isla del Sol

    by EagleEye Updated Oct 25, 2003

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    Isla del Sol

    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!

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Isla del Sol

    by richiecdisc Written Feb 25, 2003

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    lovely Isla del Sol

    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.

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    hiking Isla del Sol

    by richiecdisc Written Feb 25, 2003

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    perfect climate for massive cacti on Isla del Sol

    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.

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    literally the footsteps of the Incas

    by richiecdisc Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Ina stairs leading to the southern port

    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 ....

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    Dark Virgin of the Lake

    by richiecdisc Updated Mar 16, 2003

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    vendors outside La Catedral

    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.

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    lakeside beach

    by richiecdisc Written Feb 19, 2003

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    Cerro Calvario at the end of the beach

    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!

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    Lake Titicaca

    by richiecdisc Written Feb 19, 2003

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    Lake Titicaca magic

    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.

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    Horca del Inca

    by chancay Updated Jun 17, 2003

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    Horca del Inca

    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.

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    watch the lake titikaka

    by marcelo15 Updated Jan 2, 2005

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    daddy watching the lake.

    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!!!

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