When a fellow backpacker I had met at a hostel in Peru recommended I should visit Copocabana Bolivia, I did a quick google image search to check it out and I was sold instantly! Copacabana Bolivia is a small yet exciting town that resides on the southeastern end of Lake Titicaca.
I spent two days exploring Copocabana Bolivia and have put together this easy guide of 3 Top Things To Do In Copacabana Bolivia to help you craft together your own trip!
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HOW TO GET TO COPACABANA BOLIVIA
The only way to reach this lakeside town is by bus. The most reputable bus company in Peru and Bolivia that I discovered to be the most comfortable and reliable is Peru Hop.
They offer many different bus routes and itineraries throughout Peru and Bolivia and I highly recommend traveling with them.
Puno to Copacabana bus:
If you are traveling from Puno to Copacabana, the Peru Hop bus leaves at 8:30 am and arrives in Copacabana around 1:30 pm, stopping at the Peru/Bolivia border crossing along the way.
La Paz to Copacabana bus:
For travelers departing from La Paz to Copacabana, the bus leaves at 7:00 am and arrives in Copocabana Bolivia at 11:30 am.
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Peru/Bolivia Hop – Bus Puno Copacabana
The colorful streets of Copocabana Bolivia
TOP 3THINGS TO DO IN COPACABANA BOLIVIA
#1 VISIT LAKE TITICACA
The first adventure you’ll want to tick off your list of things to do in Copacabana is visiting Lake Titicaca which happens to be the largest lake in South America and the highest lake in the world!
From the center of town, it’s no more than a five to ten minute walk to get down to Copacabana Titicaca.
On the lake, there are many different water sports and activities to enjoy including paddle boarding, zorbing, banana boats and more!
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Lake Titicaca – Copacabana Bolivie
Lake Titicaca Bolivia – Copocabana Bolivia
#2 HIKE TO CERRO CALVARIO
My favorite spot in Copacabana Bolivie is the viewpoint at the top of Cerro Calvario. My friends and I hiked up to the summit of Cerro Calvario for sunset which offers extensive panoramic views over Lake Titicaca, Copacabana and nearby islands.
From the center of town, the hike to Cerro Calvario takes around forty minutes and there are two ways of reaching the top.
One trail begins at the northern end of Copacabana Bay, next to Flores Del Lago Hostal, and this rocky path leads up the front face of the mountain, emerging at the summit of Cerro Calvario. This is the trail that I hiked to the top and I found some awesome rock formations along the way that made for a great photo!
The second trail is a much easier option of reaching Cerro Calvario. The trail begins at the end of Sendero al Cerro del Calvario Road and it is a moderate incline up the stone steps until you reach the topmost viewpoint.
At the summit of Cerro Calvario, you can find local vendors selling beers, soft drinks, water and snacks to enjoy while watching an unforgettable sunset over Lake Titicaca.
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Hiking to Cerro Calvario – Copacabana Bolivia
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#3 DAY TRIP TO ISLA DEL SOL (ISLAND OF THE SUN)
According to legend, it is said that Isla Del Sol was the birthplace of the first Incas and more than 80 ruins can be found scattered across the island.
During a day trip to Isla Del Sol, you can discover postcard landscapes, important archaeological sites and Quechua and Aymara communities that to this day still maintain their ancestral traditions.
Isla Del Sol is the largest island on Lake Titicaca and there are no motor vehicles or paved roads, giving you that sense of feeling of being disconnected from modern civilisation.
You can arrange a day trip to Isla Del Sol at one of the many tourist offices upon arriving in Copacabana or book online ahead of time.
I personally booked my Isla Del Sol Tour with Madre Tierra Travel, an adventure tour company that offers dozens of tours throughout South America.
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Isla del Sol – Copacabana Bolivia
Exploring Isla del Sol – Copocabana Bolivia
COPACABANA BOLIVIA ACCOMMODATION
Copacabana has dozens of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my favorite places to stay in Copacabana to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travellers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Hotel Rosario Lago Titicaca
The only 4-star hotel in Copacabana! The Rosario Hotel offers spacious rooms with beautiful views over Lake Titicaca. There is also an in-house restaurant serving up fresh trout dishes that are complemented with Bolivian wines. Perfect for couples who want to stretch their budget a little and enjoy the best hotel in Copocabana Bolivia.
Mid Range: Hotel Lago Azul
Hotel Lago Azul has one of the best-rated locations in Copacabana Bolivia. With stunning views over the lake, the rooms feature large sized beds, private bathrooms and free wifi. A buffet breakfast is also included at Hotel Lago Azul.
Budget: Hostal La Casa Del Sol
The perfect location in Copacabana within walking distance to the main street and the lake. Enjoy your own double room with a private bathroom and free wifi. The staff are very friendly and happy to assist when needed. Hostal La Casa Del Sol is perfect for budget backpackers and couples.
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Another option for accommodation in Bolivia is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!
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WHAT TO PACK FOR BOLIVIA
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF COPACABANA BOLIVIA
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