Top things to do in Copacabana

Top Choice Church in Copacabana


The sparkling white mudéjar (Moorish–style) cathedral, with its domes and colorful azulejos (blue Portuguese-style ceramic tiles), dominates the town. Check the noticeboard in front of the entrance for the mass sche…
Top Choice International in Copacabana

La Cúpula Restaurant

An inventive use of local ingredients makes up the extensive international and Bolivian menu here. The vegetarian range includes a tasty lasagna and there’s plenty for carnivores, too. Dip your way through the chees…
Top Choice International in Copacabana

La Orilla

Some say this cozy maritime-themed restaurant is the best in town, with fresh, crunchy-from-the-vine vegetables and interesting trout creations that incorporate spinach and bacon. They might just be right. Even the …
Religious in Copacabana

Fiesta de la Virgen de Candelaria

Honors the patron saint of Copacabana and Bolivia. Copacabana holds an especially big bash, and pilgrims and dancers come from Peru and around Bolivia. There’s much music, traditional Aymará dancing, drinking and fe…
Religious in Copacabana

Fiesta de la Cruz

This fiesta is celebrated over the first weekend in May all around the lake, but the biggest festivities are in Copacabana. Expect elaborate costumes and traditional dancing.
Religious in Copacabana

Semana Santa

Easter Week celebrations fill the town with pilgrims on Good Friday – some walk the 158km from La Paz – to do penance at the Stations of the Cross on Cerro Calvario. Beginning at the cathedral at dusk, pilgrims join…
Ruins in Copacabana

Horca del Inca

This hillside gate (named 'the Incan Gallows' by the Spaniards) is a fascinating pre-Incan astronomical observatory, surrounded by pierced rocks that permit the sun’s rays to pass through onto the lintel during the …
Mountain in Copacabana

Cerro Calvario

The summit can be reached in half an hour and is well worth the climb, especially for a view of the sunset. The trail begins near the church at the end of 3 de Mayo and climbs past the 14 Stations of the Cross. You …
National Holiday in Copacabana

Bolivian Independence Day

Copacabana stages its biggest event during the first week of August. It’s characterized by round-the-clock music, parades and brass band performances as well as fireworks displays. This coincides with an annual pilg…
Beach in Copacabana

Copacabana Beach

While Bolivia’s only public beach can’t hold a candle to its better-known counterpart in Rio de Janeiro, on weekends the festive atmosphere is a magnet for families. You can play foosball against the local talent an…