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.
Everybody seems to be scared ***less from the presence of countless pickpockets during the Independence Day festivities. Shop owners and hotel owners are singing this powerful unison about the foreigners from Peru coming over here under the guise of pilgrims and robbing the careless gringos and the hard-working Copacabana citizens. Nothing happened to me but being so well informed, I probably looked too tense for any crook to try his luck on me. The same preliminary scares I had received in Rio, Lima and La Paz with no danger in sight. True, the police are numerous and not far between which can be a significant deterrent.
I have to start saying that i`ve just visited peru and i found there so nice people. but when i went to copacabana in august 6th(that`s also bolivia`s independence day), i found the town of Copacabana really, really packed by Peruvians who arrives there every year to celebrate the virgen of copacabana`s anniversary. As copacabana is an important point for the pilgrims from Bolivia and Peru. it`s a small town that can`t support that quantity of tourists. it`s difficult to walk and find hostel and food. and the people from copacabana ask their prices in SOLES. because they can earn more money then.
Please take note about this recommendation and if you are in copacabana around that date. try to avoid the place...is not good to get there...
then in other dates copacabana is really quiet and peaceful town.
Although I never experienced this in Copacabana, our guide Mario warned us that at certain times of the year thieves come to Copacabana from Peru specifically to steal from gringos so watch your bags!
When hiking from one end of Isla del Sol to the other, make sure to carry lots of water. There are very few opportunities to buy any and the hot Andean sun and arid climate will have you gulping the stuff a lot more quickly than you might otherwise.
Some people get squeamish when confronted with sights like this first thing in the morning, and the local markets are full of them, and some unpleasant smells to the uninitiated. I personally love the markets and find them the most interesting cultural things to experience in South America. They are so full of life and just great to watch people go about their daily chores and socializing. They sell just about anything!
On our first day in Copacabana, we stopped in a small beachside cafe for a beer. Doreen decided to sit in the sun as she read her book while I stayed under the umbrella to keep my beer cool. She burnt and I didn't. Beer can be a good thing sometimes. ;-) At any rate, be careful of the sun here. With the dry air and nice breezes you don't realize just how intense the sun is.
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.
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.