Copacabana is a quaint Bolivian town on the shore of Lake Titicaca, and a popular destination for tourism in Bolivia. Copacabana is an ideal stop for people traveling from Cuzco to La Paz, given its location about halfway between the two cities.
The town is nestled in the hills around Lake Titicaca. At just under 4000 meters in elevation, Copacabana is about as high as La Paz, but the sunny, seaside ambiance of the town belays warmth that is absent elsewhere on the altiplano.
Copacabana’s laid-back atmosphere and easygoing locals make it a popular spot for day-tripping Paceños, while the area’s many religious relics and sacred places attract pilgrims from all across Peru and Bolivia.
An impressive Moorish-style cathedral dominates Copacabana’s central plaza. The white cathedral, with its ceramic tiles and huge domes, is well worth a visit. Inside, you will find some of the most impressive religious art in Bolivia. The garden-filled plaza outside the cathedral is a pleasant spot for a stroll or to relax on a bench. Visitors will find a handful of market stalls where they can look for inexpensive souvenirs.
Copacabana is a great springboard to explore Isla de Sol, Isla de la Luna and other destinations around Lake Titicaca. Some other attractions near Copacabana include:
Copacabana Beach- a great place to unwind after a long trip, and a special sight in a landlocked country. Tourists can go for a dip in one of the highest lakes in the world, or rent a paddleboat for a different view of town. Fast food and cold beers are available along the beachfront.
The Cerro Calvario or Calvary Road- a short hike up the steep peak overlooking Copacabana. The path includes fourteen statues that represent the Stations of the Cross, where the devout pause to say a prayer on their way to the top. From the top of the hill, visitors are rewarded with a bird’s eye view of the whole town and spectacular vistas over Lake Titicaca.
Incan Ruins- the peninsulas and islands around Copacabana are famous for their Incan ruins in various stages of excavation or neglect. The Horca del Inca is an ancient observatory, where visitors can witness the early attempts of pre-Incan astrologists to track the orbits of the sun and the moon. Other sites worth checking out include the Inca Tribunal and Inca Bath, archaeological sites whose origins are still unclear.
Our Favorite Things To Do in Copacabana:
- Relax on Copacabana Beach
- Hike up Cerro Calvario
- Explore Incan ruins
- Visit Copacabana Cathedral
- Savor trucha, the favorite local dish