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Copacabana
Travel Guide

This western Bolivian town with scenic views is a gateway to the picturesque landscape, ancient ruins and fascinating islands of Lake Titicaca.

The town of Copacabana lies on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca, one of the world’s highest navigable lakes. A boat trip over Titicaca’s deep blue waters to see its scenic islands and mythical Inca ruins is a must-do for visitors to Bolivia.

Copacabana is compact and you can get around on foot. Just take it slow, because the air is thin here at an elevation of 12,602 feet (3,841 meters). Immerse yourself in the Bolivian culture in this popular pilgrim destination by having breakfast at local markets. Order a “mate de coca” (tea from coca leaves), a cure for altitude sickness, and treat yourself to buñuelos (donuts).

On holy days in February, April and August the central Plaza 2 de Febrero fills up with Bolivian and Peruvian pilgrims. Attend the folkloric dances, processions and masses for the Virgin of Candelaria. See her image in the 17th-century Copacabana Cathedral.

Along Copacabana Beach, sample trout from the lake in one of the many restaurants. Join a boat tour to see the ruins and villages of Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun), the birthplace of the Inca dynasty, and Isla de la Luna (Island of the Moon).

Once you are acclimatized, walk to the Iglesia de Colquepata (Church of Colquepata), to find the trail to Cerro Calvario, a place of pilgrimage, offerings and fortunetelling. Another scenic trail leads to the mysterious throne-like rocks of the Asiento del Inca (Seat of the Inca). Ask locals the way to the Baño del Inca, which is a legendary thermal spring in the countryside. Experienced hikers can climb to Horca del Inca, an astronomical observatory made by the Chiripa people, who predate the Incas.

It takes 3 hours to get to Copacabana by bus from La Paz. Puno, in Peru, is just a 2.5-hour bus trip away, but involves a few transfers and a visit to a customs office. Crossing the border by boat is another option.

Hotel La Cúpula
Hotel La Cúpula
2 out of 5
calle final Michel Perez, Copacabana, Copacabana
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Situated near the beach, this hostel is steps from Lake Titicaca and Museo del Poncho. Copacabana Beach and Sucre Square are also within 5 minutes.

4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
Buen lugar para descansar

"El personal muy amable y atento, la habitación limpia. Tiene una área común con una excelente vista al lago. Recomendable"…"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

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Hotel Espejo
Hotel Espejo
2.5 out of 5
Plaza 2 de febrero, Avenida Jauregui, Copacabana, La Paz Department
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The price is $22 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana and Sucre Square. Lake Titicaca and Copacabana Beach are also within 10 ...

3.4/5 (10 reviews)
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"Buena atención tuvo mi hijo"…"

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

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Hotel Utama
Hotel Utama
2.5 out of 5
Calle Michael Perez 60, Copacabana, La Paz
The price is $36 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lake Titicaca, Museo del Poncho, and Copacabana Beach. Sucre Square and Basilica of Our Lady ...

4.3/5Excellent! (34 reviews)
Friendly staff and great breakfast!

"Staff members are very friendly and helpful. Amazing breakfast and room's generally clean. The hotel's in a quieter part of the town although shower could at times less than hot."…"

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

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Ritz Apart Hotel
Ritz Apart Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Plaza Isabel La Catolica Nro. 2478, La Paz
The price is $111 per night from Mar 13 to Mar 14

Located in Downtown La Paz, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza Murillo, and Witches' Market. Mirador Killi Killi and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (134 reviews)

"Very spacious rooms, warm and cozy. Easy check-in/out, and the breakfast is amazing - even during pandemic."…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

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Villa Teresa, Nor Yungas, La Paz, Bolivia
Villa Teresa, Nor Yungas, La Paz, Bolivia
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Situated on a river, this cottage is 10.5 mi (16.9 km) from Church of Coroico and 12.4 mi (20 km) from Plaza Mayor.

Villa Teresa, Nor Yungas, La Paz, Bolivia
Camino Real Aparthotel, Downtown
Camino Real Aparthotel, Downtown
4 out of 5
Calle Capitán Ravelo #2123, La Paz

This family-friendly La Paz aparthotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Teatro al Aire Libre and Plaza del Estudiante. Plaza Abaroa and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (131 reviews)

"Due to protests in Uyuni we had to cancel our 3 day trip to Uyuni. So we switched from another hotel to Camino Real and had excellent experience. This hotel helped us to reduce our disappointment due to unforeseen changes in our vacation plans. Bed Rooms, kitchen, living room, spa facilities and ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Camino Real Aparthotel, Downtown
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