Photo Essay: People and Feelings of Copacabana, Bolivia.

25 Jan
Typical lady from Copacabana. Photo taken in front of the Basilica of the Virgin of Copacabana, Jan 2013.

Typical lady of Copacabana, selling bread in front of the church. Photo taken at the Basilica of the Virgin of Copacabana patio, where she patiently waited for the Mass to end…


This is the first post of a series on the city of Copacabana, the main Bolivian town on the shore of Lake Titicaca. It’s an amateur attempt to capture more than just images, landscapes and hotspots from the enormous Lake Titicaca and its surroundings – it’s an experiment to enter people’s lives and understand their feelings… That’s why it’s being called ‘People and Feelings of Copacabana‘.



[Spanish] Copacabana, región encantadora a orillas del Lago Titikaka, está situada a una altura de 3.841 m.s.n.m, y a una distancia de 155 km la ciudad de La Paz, que es la sede de Gobierno de Bolivia y la ciudad más importante del país. El recorrido desde La Paz toma aproximadamente 3 horas y media por carretera asfaltada. Copacabana, casi es un paso obligatorio entre Cusco (Perú) y la ciudad de La Paz. 

Religion, devotion, faith – many names for the several different ways of approaching what’s believed to be a stronger, powerful protective force… People seeking blessings, seeking help, seeking guidance…


The town has a large 16th-century shrine, the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana. Our Lady of Copacabana is the patron saint of Bolivia. As part of our trip, we also visited the Isla del Sol, and appreciated the long and heartwarming hike through the rocky paths, up to the pre-Inca ruins – sensations and feelings, were everywhere…




More still to come on our recent family 4-day road trip, but for now, let’s begin with these very personal and intimate photo shots… Hope you are all able to perceive the same sensations we got… ♥ Let us know!



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24 responses to “Photo Essay: People and Feelings of Copacabana, Bolivia.

  1. shoes

    May 26, 2013 at 8:01 am

    His action won such worship sweet,


  2. lagottocattleya

    February 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    The beautiful people of the mountains…I went to Peru in the 1980’s and loved the people of Puno on Titicaca. Beautiful and gentle, proud and humourous…Lucky you to be able to live and work there.


  3. Imelda

    January 28, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Eloquent photos. 🙂


  4. frizztext

    January 26, 2013 at 5:31 am

    wonderful colors of clothes!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 26, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Aren’t they lovely? 😮 Thanks for taking the time to come over and share your comments! Much appreciated.


  5. mionsiog

    January 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks Raquel for the beautiful pictures. The colors are breath taking.


  6. Victoria

    January 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I’m so enjoying your photos, and writing! All beautifully done. Not sure about the “amateur attempt” though, the feelings are coming through, clearly. Really great shots!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 25, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks, Victoria! It’s always nice to get positive feedback! :p Thanks for taking the time to stop by and check this attempt to a ‘photo essay’!


  7. ruthincolorado

    January 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Wonderful images. Thanks for sharing!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      Glad you liked, ruth! It definitely was a great trip… in more ways than one… very introspective… More images and info to come soon! 😮


  8. Angeline M

    January 25, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Absolutely gorgeous post/photos. And, yes, the feeling comes through in the photos for me. This reminds me a lot of some of the shrines in Mexico to the local virgencitas.


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks, Angeline! One day we must visit Mexico… it’s always on our ‘work list’, of a possible future post, but somehow, it hasn’t come thru yet… one day it’ll! 😮 Thanks for taking the time to stop by and share your comments! Much appreciated 😮


  9. Lucid Gypsy

    January 25, 2013 at 10:54 am

    My goodness yes these are terrific, especially the girl in red and gold facing the wall. I wish I had captured that image, its stunning.


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 25, 2013 at 10:58 am

      Oh! I can tell you already found the post! Good for you! 😮 All the ladies they are typical native women [all adults], from the region of Titicaca/Copacabana. The one you mentioned, facing the wall, she’s praying… it’s a tradition, after the hike through the 14 stations until the Our Lady of Copacabana [the Altar]. It’s a very powerful and emotional hike, and lots of people make it as an offer to the Virgin, seeking blessings…. Thanks for stopping and checking this recent post – and I hope it’s beautiful and more peaceful than the one with the ‘beyond message’… 😮 Take care, Raquel.



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