What to do and see in Copacabana, Bolivia: The Best Places and Tips

January 26, 2018 Timmy Ribble

Discover the best top things to do in Copacabana, Bolivia including Lake Titicaca, Stroll On Walking Tours, Copacabana Cathedral, Cerro Calvario, Isla del Sol, Isla De La Luna, Avenida 6 de Agosto, Horca del Inca, Museo del Poncho, The Spitting Llama Bookstore & Outfitter.
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1. Lake Titicaca

Copacabana, Bolivia +591 68132637
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Lake Titicaca

This icy high-altitude lake is the legendary birthplace of the Inca civilization, and is also believed to hold precious Inca treasure. When Jacques Cousteau explored the lake for treasure, he discovered instead a large, colorful deep-water frog.

Reviewed By GraemeR41 - Sydney, Australia

A visit to Lake Titicaca is worth it just for the views across the Lake to the Andes behind. The Lake itself is not much to look at - after all it's a lake! But with the snow capped Mountains towering over it some parts can be stunningly beautiful

2. Stroll On Walking Tours

De Julio Ave. 16 | Between Paredes & Bueno St., Copacabana, Bolivia
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5 based on 73 reviews

Stroll On Walking Tours

Great daily Tours to Sun Island & Walking Tour of Copacabana. Discover the magnificence of this treasure of South America.

Reviewed By Frenchtouch12 - Chichester, United Kingdom

I did the 2 day/1 night tour of Isla del Sol in a small group of 3 people. We were dropped off on the north of the island and gently trekked to the south. Our guide, Raùl was extremely knowledgeable not ony about the island...MoreHey there Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts. We at Stroll On are really working hard to keep up the good service. Forgive us if sometime we don't accept more people than the maximum stablished..

Copacabana, Bolivia
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4 based on 673 reviews

Copacabana Cathedral

This cathedral’s central attraction is its statue of the Virgin Mary, a local phenomenon said to grant wishes and give blessings for safe travel, healthy children and even automotive reliability.

Reviewed By Jarko2015 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I've visited so many churches and cathedrals all over Central and South America but this is architecturally unique in every respect of all I've come across. A courtyard with towers surrounds the main church, all of which is white stone washed with really interesting domed minarets. Inside, the golden altar is really spectacular and there are many other works of art to admire. Unfortunately, there's a no photography rule, but since many locals were snapping away, I decided to join in.

4. Cerro Calvario

Copacabana, Bolivia
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4.5 based on 442 reviews

Cerro Calvario

Reviewed By ARodriguezP - Miami, Florida

Many locals climb this hill as a religious pilgrimage praying at the stations of the cross but for anyone who isn't Catholic or particularly religious I still believe this hike up to the hilltop is worthwhile for its' incredible views of both the town of Copacabana and Lake Titicaca itself. I though somewhat acclimated to the region's high altitude found it a bit tough but when I saw a pious older lady with a club foot returning from her climb to the top I did my best to fill my lungs with the oxygen thin air and made my final effort to reach the summit. I was rewarded with awe inspiring views and a great sense of accomplishment, in the end though I'm not overly religious I still found this place to be quite mystical and thus it was a spiritual experience for me.
At the top besides those Catholics who were praying there were also several "yatiris" (local shamans) offering blessings and using coca leaves to read people their fortunes. This is one spot I would really like to experience again and I'd definitely recommend to visit for anyone in the area for a dose of local religious culture and one of the best vantage points to see this most beautiful lake!

5. Isla del Sol

Copacabana, Bolivia +591 73084978
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Isla del Sol

Reviewed By Sarah W

We booked a tour to the Isla del sol and Isla de la Luna with a company called Rutas Bolivia Expediciones and they were lovely. The guys working there matched prices for us and were happy to answer all our questions. Unfortunately they use the boat company Andes Amazonia. We visited the isla del sol on a rough day and were told when we arrived that we would spend only an hour there before heading to the Isla de la Luna due to the rough waters. So we explored quickly, missing a lot to try and fit in as much as we could, and in an hour we returned to the boat. The driver then told us we were not going to the other island, it’s too rough and we would leave Isla del sol at 3pm. We were disappointed but you cant do anything about the weather. So we went and sat down for lunch. At about 12:20 we looked out the window to find our boat getting ready to leave. A friend ran down to find out what was going on and the boat driver literally drove off while in mid conversation with our friend. It was incredibly rude. Not only did they stuff us around with times and rudely leave us behind, we missed out on half our tour because of it. I would check before booking a tour which boat company they use and avoid Andes Amazonia at all costs.

6. Isla De La Luna

Copacabana, Bolivia
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4 based on 161 reviews

Isla De La Luna

Reviewed By kirstine2013 - San Francisco, California

Even though it's a small island, we spent an amazing couple of hours on this island which exudes a strong feminine energy of nurturing and peace. The doorways in the main plaza are places where the spirit world can connect to you especially during the full and new moons.

7. Avenida 6 de Agosto

Avenida 6 de Agosto, Copacabana, Bolivia
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4 based on 169 reviews

Avenida 6 de Agosto

Reviewed By Indiana_Jonesse - San Francisco, California

I have been to many towns similar to the setup here. There is Playa del Carmen in Mexico. For every one of them, there is always a street that clusters all the “happenings”, where vendors offer everything to the tourists, eateries, internet cafes and almost a feeling of a place to be seen. Ave 6 de Agosto is no different. It is the main street that takes you to the playa and the take boat ride to the Islands.

8. Horca del Inca

End Of Calle Murillo, Copacabana, Bolivia
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4 based on 109 reviews

Horca del Inca

Reviewed By domurchu1 - Dublin, Ireland

Horca del Inca...a little place up the hill lol!!! is fantastic for silence..views and the WOW factor. Bring lots of water as you can relax up on the volcanic rocks and the special stones for hours..undisturbed...as many people do not go there. Maybe the climb is too severe? But it IS worth the effort. fantastic. And..have your 10 Bolivianos ready as the 'man' will jump out from the rocks to ensure you have a ticket. A great view of Copacabana from the top.

9. Museo del Poncho

Tito Yupanqui # 42, Copacabana 10229, Bolivia +591 2 2243601
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4 based on 44 reviews

Museo del Poncho

The museo del poncho exhibits a broad variety of textiles and clothing from Bolivian Andean commmunities; these particular pieces belong to the male attire. It allows the visitor to understand that the poncho is more than just a weaving. It allows visitors to explore the magic of discovering the Bolivian Andean textile.

Reviewed By Alice C - Texas

This is a rather small museum that is a little hidden away, but it's about one block up from the Lake Titicaca coast. It has hundreds of different clothing styles and examples and has good translations into English. It's a great place to see why the poncho and the textiles/clothing styles of the natives of Lake Titicaca are recognized by UNESCO!

10. The Spitting Llama Bookstore & Outfitter

Av 6 de Agosto | Between the Lake and Plaza Sucre, Copacabana, Bolivia +591 2 2599073
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4 based on 8 reviews

The Spitting Llama Bookstore & Outfitter

Reviewed By Evelyn E - Melbourne, Australia

You know your city is scraping the bottom of the barrel when a shop is a attraction!
Its a shop which sells well priced decent warm weather clothing, guide books and a limited selection of other books.
I wouldn't go out of my way unless you need clothes or a book

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