Description

Copacabana is a small, growing town on the shores of the mythical Lake Titicaca. You will find all the amenities, different category hotels, typical and international foods, and a magnificent landscape. From this town, you will embark on a one hour trip around the world’s highest navigable lake to disembark on the mystic Isle of the Sun, known to be the birthplace of Inca gods Mama Ocllo and Manco Capac, and for having a special sync with the energetic world. On the Isle of the Sun, there are comfortable hostels that allow you to stay the night, breathe the pure and high air of the Andes and presence one of the most moving landscapes in Bolivia.

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Itinerary

Departure from La Paz city
  • Isle of the Sun:the Holy Staircase and the Sacred Inca Fountaindel Sol
  • Hike to the Yumani village, to admire the views of the Lake and the Royal Mountain range of the Andes even better
  • Wlaking tour of Copacabana town
  • Visit the Temple and artisan market

Includes

  • Accommodation for 1 Night
  • Private Transportation
  • Transfer in - out
  • Bilingual Guide English-Spanish
  • Entrance fees for all attractions
  • Breakfast Buffet

Doesn't Include

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal Spending
  • Tips

Bring with

  • Hat
  • Comfortable Hiking Shoes
  • Sun Screen

The Town of Copacabana

This cozy town is visited by people from all over the world. The streets and buildings remind the visitor of the deep mix between the spanish and native cultures. The biggest festivity is in honor of the Copacabana Virgin, but there are also other important celebrations for the Inca gods Manco Kapac and Mama Ocllo, children of Viracocha (god sun). A big range of accomodation services and hotels is found in Copacabana. There are restaurants that specialize in the lake's trout, which is a must, but also international cuisine and vegetarian alternatives are easily found.  There are many opportunities to enjoy your time, from hikes, renting boats and kayaks to renting motorcycles, visiting the church and if you feel brave enough, even taking a swim in the lake.

Island of the Sun

The Sun Island is located in the middle of the Titicaca lake. The leyend tells that this is the place where the Inca civilization started with the birth of Manco Kapac and Mama Ocllo, children of god Viracocha. In the island the sacrate rock and the ruins of Chincana (temple partially restored) are usual visit sites. The only access to the island is by boat from Copacabana. The travel time is about 1 hour in public transportation. Many people affirm that there is a special misticism and energy in the island. The usual visit includes a 5 hour hike along the top of the island from north to south, the sights and the refreshing breeze from the lake make this an unforgettable experience. 

Copacabana's Cathedral

This Cathedral is almost completely white and shows a Moorish style with cupulas and colorful ceramic tile. It is the most important building of the town and around it a variety of rituals are performed, from catholic to pre-hispanic. The Cathedral is also home to the Copacabana Virgin, considered one of the most important catholic symbols for bolivians.

Bolivia » La Paz » Copacabana

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Geography

Copacabana is located in the mid-west part of the department of La Paz. It lays by the Titicaca lake, 155 km west from the city. The lake is the highest navegable one in the world and the center of prehispanic cultures. The Titicaca lake extends for 8,300 square kilometers. 

Copacabana and the Titicaca lake are in the middle of the Andes Mountain Range. The landscape is primarily rugged terrain. 

Altitude

Copacabana's average altitude is 3,800 mamsl (12,467 ft)

Climate

Copacabana's average temeperature is 13 degrees celsius (55.4 F). Being located next to the Titicaca lake makes Copacabana's weather nicer compared with the surrounding cold andean environment.

How to get there?

The town of Copacabana is accessible through different routes by ground transportation.

From the city of La Paz:
  • 3.5 hours with private transportation

Economy

Tourism is one of the main economic activities. There are many hotels with a range of price and services. Restaurants, different types of entertainment and hiking opportunities are also easily found.

Local commerce and transportation are also important for the economy of the region. Among the ancient traditional activities there is the production of textiles and fishing.

History

The name "Copacabana" is believed to come from a spanish adaptation to the name of an andean goddess "Copakawana" that is similar to the greek goddess Aphrodite. There is also the believe that it may have come from the Aymara words "Kota" that means lake and "Kahuana" that means overlook.

The sun island is located in the Titicaca lake close to Copacabana. It was considered by the Incas as the place where the gods Manco Kapac y Mama Ocllo founded the Tahuantinsuyo (the four incan regions) and the culture started. The Titicaca lake was very important for the Incas in the economic, religious and cultural aspects of their lifes.

During the colonial times, the lake was controled by the Viceroyalty of La Plata.

During the rebulican era, the lake became a shared area between Bolivia (44 %) and Peru (56 %).

Fauna and Flora

This area is home to ducks, pink trouts, giant Titicaca frogs, a variety of birds, vicuñas, alpacas, llamas and foxes among others.

Some of the plants found in this region are various aquatic species, pine forests, scrub grasses and eucalyptus among others. 

Hotel Rosario Lake Titicaca (hotel3stars)

Bolivia » La Paz » Copacabana

Description

Rooms with private bathrooms, breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi, restaurant.