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 Area in Copacabana to Yampupata


This is a beautifully preserved village where the homes are built with flat stones joined in an earthen mortar. There is a stone church on the hilltop overlooking Titicaca and Isla de la Luna in the distance. Take a…
Village in Isla del Sol


Yumani is the main village at the south end of the island. Most boats drop you at the village’s dock, about 200m downhill from the town proper. The small church, Iglesia de San Antonio, serves the southern half of t…
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 …
Gardens in Isla del Sol

Escalera del Inca

Just uphill from the ferry dock at the village of Yumani, along the beautifully reconstructed Escalera del Inca (Inca stairway), you’ll pass plenty of terraced gardens, small shops and hotels. It’s a lung-buster tha…
Museum in Islas de Wiñaymarka

Museo de Pariti

The stunning pots and ch’alladores (vases) found on Isla Pariti in 2004 are now on display at this tiny museum near the excavation site. Exhibits here showcase the high artistic achievements of Tiwanaku potters.
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…
Ruins in Isla de la Luna

Templo de las Vírgenes

The ruins of an Inca nunnery and temple dedicated to the Virgins of the Sun ­– also known as Ajlla Wasi or Iñak Uyu – occupy an amphitheater-like valley on the northeast shore where most ferries drop you. It’s const…
Ruins in Copacabana

Cerro Kopakati

Located about 4km down the road from Horca del Inca toward Kasani, this carved stone features pre-Incan ruins and pictographs. The best known, though difficult to distinguish, is Escudo de la Cultura Chiripa, a uniq…