The Cerro Calvario is a religious hill in the northeast of Copacabana.
It's good to walk up the stairs to get used to the altitude. You can stop at the different pictures of the suffering of Christ. I needed to because i constantly got out of breath.
On top of the Hill there is a good view of Lake Titcaca and Copacabana. There also are many crosses and many locals offer beer to Pachamama.
This place is a great example of how catolicism and the indean believes get mixed.
In the little museum you can enter when you reach the north side, there will be so me artifacts found on the bottom of the Titicaca Lake. They are said to come from a lost city, located within the triangle of small islands seen in the picture. So far, little is known...
Templo del Sol lies to the south of the islands southern commercial centrum, and you will not have time to hike here before the boat picks you up to go back to Copacabana. Most tours offer the option of a quick 30min stop here at the end of tour though (the boat stops by for a little bit). HOWEVER, it is very likely that you will actually never make this stop. It seems like most tours asks their customers how interested they are about making this stop right before they drive by, and when you have boat full of tired and hungry tourist after a long day on the boat, it is very likely that the majority will choose to not make the stop. I must admit, that I was one of these tourists in the majority after my hike of the Isla del Sol, but I am sure there were some people who wanted to stop but due their lack of Spanish ability and courage to speak up, did not say anything.
The Spanish mistook this H-shaped stone construction for gallows (horca), however, it was actually used as a astronomical observatory called Intiwatana. On June 21 (solstice), the sun's rays pass through a series of holes and land on the horca.
The actually construction is not really that impressive, but the view from the area makes the hike worth while. You can even head up a little higher behind the horca to get some got shoots of the town (the main picture of Copacabana on the intro page is taken from this area).
Follow Murillo out of town. When it seems like the street ends, it continues slightly to the right. Go until the pavement ends. When you reach a fork in the road, head left. After about 15m, before the houses, head uphill on the small path on the left. You may run into some barbed wire, just follow it to find a spot to pass through. Continue uphill. Look for the red trash cans.
An old Inca Ruin which essentially consist of a network of crumbling stone rooms and 4ft. doorways. I had just hiked the Inca Trail, so I wasn't very impressed. Plus, you really don't have that much time to spend here. If you plan on hiking the Island, you have to get going pretty soon, and if you are heading to Isla de la Luna, you have to hurry back to the boat. If you choose to go with the local guide, this will be the last stop on his tour.
This is a gray boulder looking like a Puma when viewed from the north. I would not have been able to spot the rock, nor the Puma, if it was not for the local guide. Essentially, the Inca People worshiped the Puma (for example, Cusco, the capital of the Incas, is said of have had the layout of a Puma), and since this rock looked like a Puma, it was a central part of their religion.
Do you see the Puma in the picture?
Escalara del Inca - the Inca Stairs, runs from the collection of restaurants and hotels on the south side down to the southern port below. The step are rather steep and treacherous, so make sure you allow plenty of time to for the descent. If you arrive at the south side and sit down at one of the restaurants, be aware that it will take some time to get down to the port (count on about 30min).
The biggest attraction on Isla del Sol is the hike from one end to the other. There are several routes you can take, but if you don't follow the general route (follows the ridge of the hills), it might be hard to make it back to the boat in time. The hike takes about 3-4 hours. It's not absolutely great, but it's relaxing. Bring lunch with you and you can stop of on the way and have lunch. There is enough time for you to go sit down somewhere away from the main hike. Here you can experience complete silence as you watch the local fishermen further down on the shore. Quite a relaxing experience!
Since most people walk from the north to the south, all the restaurants etc are located on the south side. If you don't bring your lunch with you, you will have time to get something to eat on at the south side when you get there.
The most popular thing to do in Copacabana is to go on trips to Isla del Sol and Isla de la Luna. Most agencies offer two different alternatives. Either you visit both islands during a day trip, or you're dropped of at one side of Isla del Sol and then hike to the other side where the boat will pick you up. While you hike, the boat has been at Isla de la Luna with the people who wants to go there. I did the option where I hiked the Isla del Sol. I heard from others, that if you visited both islands, you ended up being very rushed and really spent most of the day in the boat (they are rather slow!). A third option is also to spend the night at Isla del Sol, there are a few hostels and restaurants there for people who want that option.
Be aware that the prices the agencies in Copacabana gives you are not "all inclusive." Probably, the guys driving your boat will, unannounced, come tell you some fact about the lake, in Spanish, and you are then expected to pay them for the information. The fee is small, but it's annoying.
A good travel agency to go with is the one right on the corner of 6 de agosto and 16 de julio.
Isla del Sol was the heart of the religion of the Inca People. The founders of the Inca Empire, Manco Kapac and Mama Ocllo, where born here. Today, about 500 people live on the island, they survive through fishing and tourism.
When you arrive at Isla del Sol, there will be a man meeting you guiding you to a local museum, where you are told to pay an entrance fee. Well, you don't have to do this, but it is a way for the people who live on the island to survive. The guide will then walk with you a little bit and show you some parts of the island. He will expect you to pay him what "you feel appropriate" after the tour is done. These guides are pretty good and nice and are not at all annoying. They currently only offer these tours in Spanish, but there is a program run on the island teaching these local guides some English and French. They hope to offer tours in these languages in the near future.
Not necisarrily exciting but the unique color of the lake is complimented by the collors of the boats sitting in the Harbor, It really is beautiful.
Outside of the center you can find this big Incahead. Close to this one are some statues of incas as well.
You will pass these set of stones on the way to Palacio del Inca and the Titicaca Rock. They symbolize some kind of old tribunal held here. I'm not sure they are they original though.