Lake Titicaca and Sun Island are the most popular attractions in the small lakefront town of Copacabana, Bolivia. Nevertheless, for guests looking for things to do in Copacabana, there is a lot to explore around Lake Titicaca.
The main attraction on Lake Titicaca and part of one of our most popular tours, the Isla del Sol is home to a community of the Aymara people and several sacred Inca ruins such as the Palacio del Inca and the Inca staircase. We offer multi-day tours and full day tours of Sun Island, which can be arranged with our tour operator Turisbus at the reception desk of Hotel Rosario Lago Titicaca.
The Isla de la Luna, is smaller than Sun Island and further away, but is a great addition to Lake Titicaca tours. Inca ruins scatter the island, which are well maintained by the welcoming Aymara people, who farm the steep agricultural terraces. A boat trip is only a few Bolivianos and can be arranged along with a trip to Sun Island.
Plaza 2 de Febrero
The town’s central square is the hub of activitiy in Copacabana. It is lined with restaurants, bars, shops and outfitters. You’ll find stalls along the street selling jewelry and alpaca wool garments.
Grab a cold beer or a snack at one of the stalls on Copacabana beach and relax on the shore of Lake Titicaca. A great spot to enjoy a sunset across the navy blue waters after a day of tours to Sun and Moon Island. Where else will you find a beach in a landlocked country?
With the best views of Copacabana and Lake Titicaca, Calvary Road is a short but steep hike up a hill just outside of town. It is lined with statues representing the 14 Stations of the Cross, and is a popular destination for religious pilgrims from across Bolivia and Peru. The hike, the views and the spiritual importance of the route make the hike worthwhile.
Horca del Inca
The Inca Gallows, an ancient astronomical observatory built by the pre-Incan Chiripa people, is perched on a hillside above Copacabana. Horizontal rock slabs were positioned between naturally vertical rocks to track the orbits of the sun and the moon.
A famous pilgrimage site for many Bolivians, the Copacabana Cathedral is one of the oldest churches in the country. Built in 1619, the brilliant white cathedral is an example of Bolivia’s Moorish architectural influences. Its main attraction is the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana, the patron lady of travelers.
Museo del Poncho
Maybe the only museum in the world dedicated to the humble poncho. The museum demonstrates the importance of the poncho to Bolivian identity and shows how different communities throughout the country have different styles and colors, not unlike Scottish plaids.