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« Bolivia Itinerary

Day 11 – Copacabana, Lake Titicaca

 
 
Day 10
Sucre to La Paz to Copacabana
Traveling from Sucre to La Paz, connecting to Copacabana.
  Day 11
Copacabana, Lake Titicaca
This section
« Thirteen days in Bolivia
  Day 12
Isla del Sol
Boat trip to island of sun in Lake Titicaca.

The tiny town of Copacabana is walkable and all the sights to see can be covered in a few hours. After a good breakfast at Utama Hotel, I started exploring the town. First stop was the post office (located inside the police HQ building on the main square) to get the local stamp in the Postal Stamps Memorabilia book. With no signs leading to the post office, I ventured around for a while, and even after inquiring about the location, the post office was difficult to find until a woman had to walk me to the door!

Postal system in Bolivia
At every post office I visited on this trip, I was the only person there to get a stamp in my book. It seemed like no one really uses the local postal system in Bolivia. If you are planning to send postcards to your family or friends, it may take a while to reach home, because the postal service doesn’t seem to be efficient enough! Moreover, almost all the stamps in my book had the wrong dates.

 

Walking across the square from the post office is the main sight in Copacabana – The Cathedral. This sparkling white mujedar cathedral dominates the town with its domes and colorful azulejos (blue Portuguese-style ceramic tiles). The cathedral’s black Virgen de Candelaria statue Camarin de la Virgen de Candelaria, carved by Inca Tupac Yupanqui’s grandson, Francisco Yupanqui, is encased above the altar upstairs in a niche note. Visiting hours are unreliable and the statue is never moved from the cathedral. Legend has it that its disturbance would invoke a devastating flood in Lake Titicaca!

Copacabana Cathedral

The Museo de La Catedral (Bs 8) is open to only group of fourm unless you’re ready to pay more. It contains some interesting articles from European and local religious art.

Moving on from the square, along Calle Murillo, there’s a sign-posted trail that leads uphill to Horca del Inca (Entrance: Bs 5) which is a pre-Inca astronomical observatory. This odd trilithic gate perched on the hill is surrounded by pierced rocks that allow the sun rays to pass through onto the lintel during the solstice of June 21, the Aymara New year.

Horca del Inca

Walk down about 4km further on the same road toward Kasani and you will reach Cerro Kopakati, a carved stone featuring pre-Inca ruins and pictographs. The best known, yet difficult to identify, is the Escudo de la Cultura Chiripa, a unique icon attributed to the pre-Inca Chiripa culture.

Heading back to the town, I stopped at one of the many cafes on Ave 6 de Agosto for lunch. And next up was Museo del Poncho (Website: www.museodelponcho.org; Entrance Bs 5), a textile museum spread over two floors giving clear insight into the origins of the poncho. Labels are in English and Spanish.

Museo del Poncho

With the hike to Horca del Inca and back, it was an exhaustive morning, so I headed to the hotel for a nap of two hours and woke up to almost sunset, which led me to the Copacabana Beach

CopacabanaBeach1

CopacabanaBeach2

A very relaxing, slow day covering most of what this town has to offer. Called it an early night after a sumptuous dinner at an Italian restaurant on Ave 6 de Agosto.

 

Costs

Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate and based on the exchange rate at the time of publishing. Each cost is for one adult. The exchange rate at the time of publishing is assumed to be USD 1= BOB 6.9.
 

What Cost Notes
Horca del Inca Bs 8 or $1.16 Entrance Fee
Museo del Poncho Bs 5 or $0.72 Entrance fee
Lunch Bs 42 or $6.08
Dinner Bs 38 or $5.50
Snacks & water Bs 15 or $2.17
Toilets Bs 3 or $0.43
Total Costs $16.06 Per person
Overall Costs $1,855.92 Per person

 

 
 
Day 10
Sucre to La Paz to Copacabana
Traveling from Sucre to La Paz, connecting to Copacabana.
  Day 11
Copacabana, Lake Titicaca
This section
« Thirteen days in Bolivia
  Day 12
Isla del Sol
Boat trip to island of sun in Lake Titicaca.

THIRTEEN DAYS IN BOLIVIA

 
Planning
Itinerary, Planning & Information

 
Day 1
La Paz
First day in the capital city.

 
Day 2
La Paz
Second day in the capital city.

 
Day 3
Uyuni, Colchani, Salar de Uyuni
Tour across world's largest salt flats.

 
Day 4
Salar de Uyuni, Laguna Colorada
Salt flats, red lagoon.

 
Day 5
San Cristobal, Sol de Mañana to Uyuni
Volcano, thermal baths & back to Uyuni.

 
Day 6
Uyuni to Potosi
Visiting silver town.

 
Day 7
Potosi
Silver mines and around the town.

 
Day 8
Potosi to Sucre
Traveling from Potosi to Sucre & day there.

 
Day 9
Sucre
Most preserved Spanish Colonial town.

 
Day 10
Sucre to La Paz to Copacabana
Traveling from Sucre to La Paz, connecting to Copacabana.

 
Day 11
Copacabana, Lake Titicaca
Small coastal town at Lake Titicaca.

 
Day 12
Isla del Sol
Boat trip to island of sun in Lake Titicaca.

 
Day 13
Copacabana to La Paz
Travel from Copacabana to La Paz and fly out.

Expenses
How much did it cost?
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