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Top Choice Church in Copacabana

Cathedral

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 Area in Copacabana to Yampupata

Sampaya

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…
Top Choice International in Isla del Sol

Las Velas

Want a candle-lit dinner of organic vegetarian pizza at 4000m? Head to this beloved hilltop restaurant with wonderful westerly views. There are also pastas and traditional Bolivian fare like trout and kingfish. Perf…
Top Choice International in Copacabana

La Orilla

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

Yumani

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…
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 fea…
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 …