Copacabana Travel Guide

  • On the Beach
    On the Beach
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  • Cathedral from on high
    Cathedral from on high
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  • Window on the Lake
    Window on the Lake
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Copacabana Highlights

  • Pro
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    AlbuqRay says…

     Beautiful location; Aegean-like beach 

  • Con
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    marcelo15 says…

     Mmm...you get sunburn... 

  • In a nutshell
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    cachaseiro says…

     don't miss it if you are in bolivia 

Copacabana Things to Do

  • Paulino's House

    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

    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...

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  • See the Cathedral

    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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Copacabana Hotels

Copacabana Restaurants

  • La Cúpula

    This restaurant is in the hotel of the same name. As is up the hill, you have a wonderful view of the lake and town from the terrace.Is a bit more expensive than local restaurants, but a good experience here.

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  • Wayra restaurant & Bar

    Wayra Restaurant and Bar is a great place on the main street down to Copacabana beach serving delicious pizza's and drinks at a bargain price. Pizza and beer.

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  • Breakfast in Tiquina

    As I arrived from La Paz early in the morning, I had breakfast at the nearby village of San Pedro de Tiquina. Here is where the bus cross the strait on a ferry, so you have about 10 minutes to take a coffee untill the bus arrives to the shore.

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Copacabana Nightlife

  • waiting for the sunset

    In the background of the picture you see a part of the city and more behind the hills where some Inca ruins are still to find as as well the "Horca del Inca" and the "Intiwatana". I am waiting here for the night to see the sunsets.

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  • it is almost like the ocean: the lago...

    The lake Titicaca seems to offer a beautiful beach resort, unfortunately the water is the whole year on too cold to take a bath. Besides it is quite windy here most of the time.Nevertheless you can sit on the beach and listen to the waves.

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  • Calvario

    On this hill from where you can observe so beautiful sunsets are the stations of the Cross. This is a in the 1950s built place as a second aim for the thousands of pilgrims who come every year to Copacabana. Pilgrims leave their gifts to the godnesses here as e.g. coca leaves or candles.

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Copacabana Transportation

  • Titicaca hurdle

    Copacabana is cut off from the Bolivian mainland. A curious way of transporting passengers over the strait exists. People board a little boat and bus parks on a ferry. An accident which led to many deaths in the past has prompted this ingenious way. As if to underline the creeping danger, a bus laid stuck within the “no man’s land” between the pier...

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  • LOCAL BUS FROM LA PAZ TO COPACABANA

    this kind of transportation offers you to take to copacabana.it`s cheaper that touristic buses. sometimes is ok sometimes not. well, i mean that as some local people go. they take their babies and some other things. so, it may be noisy or stuffing.but the seats and the staff of the transport are ok, nothing wrong with that.to take the bus: get to...

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  • EXCURSION TO THE SUN ISLAND

    If you wanna go to the sun island you have two choices. take a boat or trekking to get close to the island.the first one choice. go to the shore of the lake and ask for the boats. there are two schules to get there. 8:30 and 13:30. (it takes 1:30 each to get there).when you come back from the sun island to copacabana. Take the boat in the stairs of...

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Copacabana Shopping

  • Camping Gear, Rental, Books, Info

    The Spitting Llama imports and distributes Lonely Planet books and sells a wide range of camping gear. They rent bikes, tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads. They sell everything from swiss army knives and nice fleece jackets to organic fair trade coffee and memory cards. They distribute Lonely Planet books and have an incredible selection. They...

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  • Hippies stuff

    There are many hippies in this area, most live and travel arounf the lake, specially in Isla del Sol. You can find many street vendors selling manual craft they do as necklaces...

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  • Strange drinks

    At one of the stops of the La Paz-Copacabana bus I saw a street vendor with these colurful weird drinks. I didn't dare t o try, and didn't have time to ask him what they were, but they looked bright and colourful (and fresh!).

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Copacabana Local Customs

  • Cha'lla Bus/Car blessings

    If you are in Copacabana on a weekend do not miss a local ritual in the morning in front of the cathedral. Cars and buses are decorated with colorful flowers and ribbons. Then the priest comes with the virgin (petitions for protection are made to her )and pours alcohol over the vehicles. It is kind of entertaining to watch.Apparently between Good...

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  • blessing cars

    Yeah, as i told you most of the people from la paz and around Peru. come here to bless their cars.this mean that they do not want to have any accidents. that they will receive all the fortune by the miraclous virgen of Copacabana.as you see in the pic. this bus is well adorned with flowers and others.

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  • Houses of miniatures...

    Most of the people of copacabana work in the industry of tourism.the artesanos built then sell this miniatures things. it may be houses, busses, as a souveniers and some of them to be blessed. you know we believe that if we blessed with a lot of faith, you may get a real one in the near future.this pic was taken in EL CALVARIO.

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Copacabana Warnings and Dangers

  • Know your limits

    Elevation is about 8300 ft. and it takes time to acclimate. There is no public transportation or taxi service, so walking is the only way to get somewhere. If you overextend yourself, you can’t take a taxi back to your hotel.

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  • Altitude Sickness

    When you reach the heights of Bolivia take care with the altitude. Try some Coca Tea or find a chemist to prescribe something for it.

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  • Drinking Water

    In Copacabana like most of Bolivia it isn't advisable to drink the local water. Do the safe thing and buy it. Cheap as chips in Bolivia with the exchange rate.

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Copacabana Tourist Traps

  • Holy Water

    I doubt that you'll be interested in buying "Agua Bendita" in Copacabana, but who knows? In that case, you can bring your own bottle as water is free. You can also buy bottled water in the church with a label saying "holy water from Copacabana" but it will cost you a few soles... easier to carry though and much better as a present!

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  • llama photos at a price

    We were walking along the trail when I spotted a llama right on the path. I snapped a photo and it scampered off to join its comrades overlooking the lake. I snapped another timely photo of them with the lake in the background and started back on the trail towards the port. I heard this kid yelling to "pagame, pagame," evidently for the "use" of...

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Copacabana What to Pack

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    Doreen changing her film, did she bring enough?

    by richiecdisc Updated Mar 16, 2003

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    Photo Equipment: Wide angle is great for the massive Lake Titicaca and a circular polarizer is nearly indispensable with the high Andean sun.

    Miscellaneous: Someone willing to leave a comfy spot on the beach to climb Cerro Calvario comes in handy. Thanks D. :)

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Copacabana Off The Beaten Path

  • The curious are to be rewarded

    Extending your neck and peeking in somebody else’s backyard might enlighten you on the matters of poverty and at the same time introduce you to processes long gone from the urban societies. For example, how to slaughter a pig and what the aftermath is apart from dreaming of a fresh dinner. Other insights could be the observation of “behind the...

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  • EL CALVARIO

    Well to get here requires an efford. of course when you want to have an excellent view you have to suffer a bit. when you get at the top you fell really happy. in your way at the top you will see many crosses, people praying some andean rituals. and the most important thing is the beautiful landscape of the lake + the town of Copacabana. see the...

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  • TREKKING AROUND THE LAKE...

    Yeah, so far this is one of my most interesting trekking that i?ve ever done. all because its beautiful landscapes that it offers.I had the great change to do it with my good friends.to be honest, is not easy for people that don?t get use to with the altitude. i see this because i did the trekking with two countrymen and one friend from...

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Copacabana Sports & Outdoors

  • Street soccer games

    I found these wooden soccer games in the streets in Copacabana. I hadn't seen them anywhere else in Peru or Bolivia. They are quite common in Spain too. Well, used to be, before the incasion of the arcade games machines, but you can still see some in billiards and so...

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  • hanging around

    quite straining, but you do a lot for a perfect body, don?t you?The hostal Cupola offers everything to relax...a pool would have been nice.....but ok, for the hardest the lake Titicaca was near.......... no shoes

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  • hiking is a great sport!

    Hiking is a great activity to see more of the local terrain and way of life. It's a great way to work off the extra calories you generally consume when on holiday too. ;=) Good boots, sunscreen and plenty of water.

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Copacabana Favorites

  • The landlocked ocean

    The journey by bus from La paz to copacabana is spectacular. the views of the lake from above as it stretches out in front of you...amazing!plus, catch the sunsets over the lake. beautiful :) Waikis, chilled little 'reggae' bar. wicked mojitos! Waiki - means brother in Quechua if i remember correctly. plus they had a resident dog when i was there,...

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  • Rio de Janeiro online Guide...

    Have a look at Copacabana / Leme on www.mapilot.com. It's a free site, satellite image with a lot of information about where to go and what to do. Smart information, objective and fast.

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  • Popcorn

    In the streets of Copacabana you could see street vendors of these huge popcorns. There were many kinds and sizes and it seemed to be very cheap, though I never tried...

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Cerro Calvario
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Isla del Sol
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Is it for real?
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MOTORBIKING...
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blessings...
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Tiquina, Estrecho.
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VIRGEN DE COPACABANA
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Mass assistants
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Sunday mass
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IMarriage requirements
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The church
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Isla del Sol
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Inca Kola
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"2 de febrero" buses
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Cha'lla
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Calvario Hill
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Bus for Puno (Peru)
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Taxi-bikes
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Trout
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Beach stalls
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Holy water
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San Pablo de Tiquina
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Bus from La Paz
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No more Totora boats.
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Isla Suriqui.
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Huatajata
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Totora Boats
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Peruvian Influence
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Popular Cafe in Copacabana
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Ferry Across the Straits of Tiquina
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Can Carry Any Kind of Vehicle
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Good Place for Lunch
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El calvario!!!
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Moorish-Style Cathedral
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Copacabana's Plaza 2 de Febrero
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Small Church and Cerro Calvario
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View from Second Station of the Cross
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