Welcome to Copacabana


A true Gringo Trail crossroads, you may feel like there are more Argentinians and Dutch than locals. But lakeside strolls and meanderings up El Calvario get you far from the madding crowd. Copa is the launching pad for visiting Isla del Sol and Isla de la Luna and makes a pleasant stopover between La Paz and Puno or Cuzco.


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$239 Day Trips & Excursions

Lake Titicaca, Copacabana and Sun Island Tour from La Paz

Your Lake Titicaca tour begins early at your hotel in La Paz, where your guide will be waiting for you with a private vehicle. The three-hour drive to Copacabana flies by with the guide’s engaging narratives of local Andean culture and history. Soon, the guide’s words take a backseat as the gorgeous Lake Titicaca comes into view.One of the largest lakes in South America, Lake Titicaca sits on the Altiplano, a high plateau of the Andes. According to legend, the pre-Incan sun god arose from its depths and created the first humans. You also can’t miss the awesome granite peaks of the Cordillera Real (Royal Range of the Andes). Stop at a lakeside village, and watch the indigenous Aymara practice the age-old tradition of building boats and baskets out of totora reed, an aquatic plant found nearby. To get to Copacabana, join locals on a ferry. Visit the Basilica of the Virgin, a popular pilgrimage site, and note its Moorish-style domes and blue ceramic tiles. Inside, behold the Dark Virgin of the Lake, believed to have brought about many miracles. After the basilica, stroll along a walkway of artisan stalls, and stop and talk to the locals about their craft. At the end of the walkway is a lovely lake waterfront, where you can purchase a drink or snack. When it’s time for lunch, expect to enjoy a local restaurant carefully selected by your guide. This three-course meal typically includes an appetizer, main course of grilled meat or fish (vegetarian option available upon request), and dessert. You can purchase drinks and other Andean cuisine.Afterward, join your guide on a privately chartered motorboat that takes you to Sun Island. Arrive about an hour later on the island said to be the birthplace of Inca civilization. In Yumani, on the south side of the island, walk in the footsteps of the Incas by climbing over 200 steps they had built leading up a fountain of youth. Wander through the ruins of Pilko Kaina, an Incan temple. Observe how locals still use pre-Incan farming methods on the steep agricultural terraces.After Sun Island, your guide takes you back to your hotel in La Paz as the sun sets over the Altiplano. With advance notice, you may instead opt to be dropped off in Puno for an additional fee.

$298.99 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Lake Titicaca and Sun Island Catamaran Cruise from Puno

Depart from your Puno hotel and cross the border into Copacabana, Bolivia. Take a brief sightseeing visit of Copacabana's main square before heading towards the marina. Board the impressive catamaran, specifically built for your enjoyment, and depart on your relaxing cruise. Some of the amenities include an outdoor deck, a fully stocked bar, panoramic windows and a TV lounge. Lake Titicaca is the world's highest navigable lake and stands at an impressive 12,500 feet (3,800 meters) above sea level. According to legend, it was on this lake that the Sun God commanded his children, Mama Ocllo and Manco Cápac, to birth the Inca civilization. Cruise across Lake Titicaca and dock at Sun Island (Isla del Sol) to explore its pre-Columbian remains. The Inti Wata complex boasts a fascinating underground museum site, agricultural terraces, Inca remains and various indigenous species of flora and fauna. Enjoy free time on Sun Island to explore the area's high-plateau plants, llamas, alpacas and guanacos. On your way back to Copacabana, enjoy a delicious lunch aboard the catamaran before being transported back to your Puno hotel.

$80 Day Trips & Excursions

La Paz to Copacabana and Sun Island Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Leave La Paz at around 7 am. After aproximately 3 hours you will arrive to Tiquina, the narrowest part of the lake, where you will cross to the other side by boat and meet the bus on the other side to continue with the trip, after another 30-40 minutes you will arrive to the town of Copacabana.  Once there you will have lunch and then head towards the shore to catch a boat to the Sun Island, in the south part of the Island you will see the Inca steps and the Inca fountain, also known as the youth fountain, this fountain represents the 3 pillars of the Aymara Culture, Ama Sua, Ama Llulla and Ama Quella, which mean, you shall not steal, shall not lie and shall not be lazy.  Afterwards you will visit the town of Yumani and then start heading back to the port to catch the boat back to Copacabana.  Once in Copacabana you will visit the Church, main square and crafts market and by 6 pm you will catch the bus back to La Paz, you should arrive back in the city by 10 pm.

$189 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Lake Titicaca and Sun Island Adventure

Day 1: La Paz - Copacabana - Sun Island (Isla del Sol) (L)The adventure begins with a 7am pickup at your La Paz hotel or hostel, where you'll board a bus for a shared transfer to the town of Copacabana. Arrive around noon in time for a traditional Bolivian lunch, and a short visit of the church and main plaza before cruising to Isla del Sol. After the ferry ride across tLake Titicaca, you'll hike to the top of the island on a journey up the Escalinatas de Yumundi—a traditional Inca stairway that seemingly climbs all the way to the sky. Pass by the fountain of eternal youth to sip on fresh water from the natural spring that comes right out of the mountain. As you walk along the top of the island, you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the shimmering lake and shoreline below, as well as the snowcapped Bolivian Andes that rise from the distant horizon. Finish the day with dinner (which is at your own expense), before enjoying a peaceful, restful night's sleep on the quiet Bolivian island. Day 2: Isla del Sol - Copacabana - La Paz (B/L)After enjoying breakfast with a view, depart for a 2-hour, guided walk to reach Pilkokaina Temple, before boarding the boat back to Copacabana for lunch is the bustling port town. With one final glance at Lake Titicaca you'll then board the bus for La Paz, where you'll arrive at close to 5:30pm and bring the adventure to a close. For travelers heading into Peru, you can also arrange for a bus that takes you to the Peruvian town of Puno.

$469.99 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Lake Titicaca and Sun Island Overnight Catamaran Cruise from Puno

Day 1: (L,D)After morning pickup from your Puno hotel, enjoy the drive to Copacabana and set sail on Lake Titicaca. Enjoy gorgeous views of the lake as you make your way to Sun Island, the lake’ s largest island and home to over 180 Inca ruins. Upon arrival to the small island town of Challapampa, head over to a local museum to discover the Inca culture. See artifacts and unique exhibits displaying the rich history and culture of the Inca civilization. Then, visit the Inca site Chincana, a labyrinth of stone once used to store food. Nearby, see the Sacred Rock, where it's believed that mankind was created for the second time after the area’s great flood. At the end of the day, watch an authentic Kallawaya Andean ceremony. After dinner on the catamaran, the rest of the night is yours to enjoy on the boat. You'll feel at home on the docked boat as you enjoy a good night's rest in a double-bed room with a private bathroom.Day 2: (B,L)Begin your second day with breakfast on board the boat before heading to the Inca ruins of Pilko Kaina, located on the southern end of Sun Island. Then, visit the cultural complex of Inti Wata, where you'll see pre-Inca agricultural terraces and native high-plateau plants and animals including llamas, alpacas and guanacos. After touring Inti Wata, boat back to Copacabana, where you’ll board the coach back to Puno.

$55 Cultural & Theme Tours

Copacabana and Sun Island 2D-1N

Pick ups between 6:30 and 7:00 am from hotels in the central downtown area.  Arrival to Copacabana at 11 am approximately, visit town and then have lunch, afterwards take a boat over to the Sun Island, visit the Inca Steps, and go up to the town of Yumani, watch the sunset and have dinner, spend the night on the Island and next day after breakfast do a longer trek through the south of the Sun Island, afterwards head back to Copacabana and after lunch return to La Paz. When you arrive the guide will help you get a cab back to your hotel.