Can you guess where this lakeside retreat is located? Copacabana, Bolivia.
Don't start singing Barry Manilow -- this isn't Copacabana Beach in Brazil. This is Bolivia! Nestled on Lake Titicaca, Copacabana is a small South American town and the gateway to Isla del Sol: an Inca island with archaeological treasures. The high altitude of this destination, at 12,602 feet, can leave some visitors weary, so a few days adjustment is recommended.
My favorites in Copacabana: souvenir shopping, boating on the lake, eating local trout and ceviche, and having a drink with a sunset view from a rooftop.
Read about Amanda and Daniel's experience searching for the perfect view of Copacabana, Bolivia:
"Naively we thought we could catch a taxi there. Well, we could, to the base of the hill anyway. Daniel pushed through his food poisoning and climbed. For 45 minutes, we both climbed the steps to Cerro Calvario and at three quarters of the way, the sun began to set. We reached the top as light slowly disappeared from the sky and it was at that moment that we realized we arrived at the best time. We sat on Cerro Calvario, no one around, looking out on this beautifully lit town and lake. We inhaled deeply, appreciating a nice relief from the thick, polluted La Paz air we’d been breathing.
Copacabana is a small Bolivian town on the shore of Lake Titicaca, which it shares with Perú. The town’s population is only about 6,000 and is nested between Cerro Calvario and Cerro Niño Calvario. Besides a couple of water activities that tend to be overpriced, there isn’t much to do in Copacabana so the main draw for tourists is a visit to Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun), a sacred Inca island in the southern part of the Lake. There, travelers can hike across the entire island in six hours, camp on the beach, or take photos of the farming villages on the island. Copacabana doesn’t require a long stay but is certainly worth a visit."
- Amanda and Daniel, La Vida Viva
Would you visit Copacabana, Bolivia?
I've been there for two nights, twice (here's my affiliate referral link for researching Copacabana, Bolivia hotels). The properties are decent and comfy (the Wifi can be hit or miss) and range from $10 to $150 per night. Overall, the lakeside town offers a nice break after crossing the border by land from Peru to Bolivia, or after a long bus ride from La Paz.
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