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Copacabana

Travel Guide South America Bolivia Copacabana

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Introduction

copacabana pavement pattern

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Copacabana is a town on the southern shore of the tranquil sapphire-blue Lake Titicaca straddling the Peru-Bolivia border. At an altitude of 3,810 metres above sea level, it is regarded as the highest navigable body of water in the World. Copacabana is also the home of the white Moorish cathedral that houses the Virgen de Candelaria (ie. Dark Virgen of the Lake) originally a black statue carved by the grandson of Inca emperor Tupac Yupanqui that is claimed to be responsible for innumerable miracles and whose image was eventually canonised by the Vatican.

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Sights and Activities

  • For views of Copacabana beach, walk up to the summit of Cerro Calvario.
  • The white Moorish cathedral that houses the Virgen de Candelaria.
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Isla del Sol
  • Isla de la Luna

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Events and Festivals

  • Fiesta de la Virgen de Candelaria
  • Good Friday Peregrinos
  • Bolivan Independence Day

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Eat

  • Fresh local trout from the vendors along the beach

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Ecolodge CopacabanaAv Costanera s/nHOSTEL66
Bash and Crash - Perla del LagoColqueta Zone, 3 de Mayo St. (Main entrance) Bolivar St.HOTEL-
Hotel UtamaCalle Michell Perez esq.HOTEL82
HI-Inka PachaLake Titicaca - Island of Sun Yucumani - Puerto del SurHOSTEL70
Hotel Onkel Inn CopacabanaAv. Costanera 257HOTEL-
Hotel Perla del LagoCalle 3 de Mayo La PazHOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are internet caf├ęs practically everywhere, they typically cost about 3Bs/hour, or about $0.50 per hour. Wifi is not as common as in many other Latin American countries, but more and more places offer it now, either free (sometimes for a limited amount of time) or at a cost. Avoid using your cellphone (with your home SIM card) when there is no wifi, as that's extremely expensive.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Bolivia is: 591. To make an international call from Bolivia, the code is: 0010. Emergency numbers include 110 (police), 118 (ambulance) and 119 (fire). Note that 911 forwards to the police (110).

Bolivia has three cellphone companies, Entel, Tigo, and Viva. If you are staying for a while, consider buying SIM cards for your cellphone. They are quite cheap and you get good network coverage in all main cities and towns. Entel sells good-priced international call possibilities for their SIMs. For example, you can buy 10 minutes for Bs20 (to be used in one day, disconnects automatically after expiration). You will need to register the SIM card at a local office of the telecom. You will need a photocopy of your passport and the mobile phone that you will use.

Practically every single town in Bolivia has an Entel office (almost always located in the main plaza). From here, you can make local, long-distance, and international calls. It's actually much more economical to make your international calls from an Entel office than to use an international calling card. To make local calls from a public phone, you need a phone card. You can buy them at any Entel office or any kiosk on the street. The average local call costs about Bs2 for 3 minutes.

Post

Correos Bolivia is the national postal service of the country. It offers a wide range of services at very reasonable prices. Services, speed and reliability are not up to the level it should be though and it can take several weeks for a simple card to arrive in Europe or North America. Most post offices in Bolivia are open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 8:00pm, Saturday from 8:30am to 6:00pm, and Sunday from 9:00am to noon. It costs Bs5 to mail a letter to the United States, Bs7 to Australia, and Bs6 to Europe. From time to time, you can buy stamps at kiosks and newspaper stands. There are no public mailboxes, so you'll have to mail your letter from the post office. If you want to send packages overseas it's best to use an international courier company like DHL, TNT, FedEx or UPS, as they offer fast and reliable services at competitive prices.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -16.169901
  • Longitude: -69.079193

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