Photo Journal: Cultural trip to Copacabana, Bolivia.

This is the second post of a series on the city of Copacabana, the main Bolivian town on the shore of Lake Titicaca.

Our path towards a very restful weekend. Bags packed, kids packed, car tank full. Let’s begin! ♥
Our ‘home away from home’, Hotel Rosario do Lago Titicaca, a welcome respite in this funky beach town …. heavenly views, spacious rooms very tastefully decorated, modern and spacious bath, comfortable and beautiful beds. Food is fantastic with beautiful views overlooking lake and lovely gardens…

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from La Paz to Copacabana

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

This is the second post of a series on the city of Copacabana, the main Bolivian town on the shore of Lake Titicaca.

The previous post focused more on people and our perception of their lives, the image on the right should give a pretty good first impression of what we found during our visit [if curious, hop over to the post using this link!]

Our path towards a very restful weekend. Bags packed, kids packed, car tank full. Let’s begin! ♥

172 kilometers to drive, route including a Ferry!

Leaving La Paz was a breeze! Not the heavy traffic we expected throughout El Alto, and as a bonus, some very interesting buildings along the way – see below!

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Our kids simply loved their ‘new way of moving’ along the Lake!

 

Our ‘home away from home’, Hotel Rosario do Lago Titicaca, a welcome respite in this funky beach town …. heavenly views, spacious rooms very tastefully decorated, modern and spacious bath, comfortable and beautiful beds. Food is fantastic with beautiful views overlooking lake and lovely gardens… Here is what we spotted from our hotel, while enjoying a cup of coffee [me] or a chilled beer [husband] – the magnificent Lake Titicaca:

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The city was completely ready for pilgrims and tourists coming from all sorts of places. People seeking blessings, people honoring promises, people of faith and tourists. The colorful city of Copacabana had a special place for each and every one of them!

 

The street markets were a sure hotspot for visitors! Clothing articles, leather-made products, typical food, ‘the famous tostadas’ were among the offers!

 

Hiking options were also available to all, and again, the reasons varied with the will: adventure, faith, curiosity, photography… you name it! The views from up top the Calvary Hill are definitely priceless, and made us forget the difficulties climbing up through the 14 Stations [of the Cross] with a bunch of little kids!

 

Once at the top of the Calvary Hill, we were introduced to the popular Alasitas! Miniatures representing a wish. It could be a house, a job, a diploma, a car…even money! [they actually had miniature copies of dollar bills!]

 

People would buy their ‘product of desire’ and have it blessed by a priest [at the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana] or by a native yakiri… Some people chose both options, why not? 😮

 

At the top of the Calvary Hill, it was time to enjoy the magnificent natural beauty around us: the Lake seemed endless, powerful, and yet, soothing. The deep blue colors from the waters mirrored the blue ceiling the sky was offering to all the ones brave enough to accomplish the walk up… ♥

 

After all this, were we tired? For a bit, we were, for sure. But we found enough energy to keep moving on, and exploring… an island! The Isla del Sol [Sun Island], a 2-hour boat ride away from Copacabana, with occasional stops at the ‘floating islands‘… But this will be part of an upcoming post… For now, just get back to the images, enjoy them, and if you wish, let us know what you think! 😮 Thanks for tagging along with our ‘traveling family of 5′!’

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[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. 

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Author: 3rdCultureChildren

Welcome! Here I am, 'releasing' my thoughts on traveling, parenting, raising TCKs, teaching, writing, working... and who knows what else! I’m a WIFE, 'geeky-stuff' SCIENTIST, TEACHER, AUTHOR, (aspiring) AMATEUR photographer, MOM of 3, TRAVELER by choice and by marriage, and of course, a HOUSEHOLD QUEEN!!

34 thoughts on “Photo Journal: Cultural trip to Copacabana, Bolivia.”

  1. Hey there I just explored your blog and you have me realise how far I still have to go in developing my blogging skills! Amazingly easy to read, great photography and awesome way of displaying your photos. Really well done! You lead me to your posts by commenting on our adventuresofkimandmatt blog on wordpress. Keep up the good work!

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        1. Gracias! A mi me encantaria!
          I’ve seen one in San Miguel… is that the correct one? I’m super curious to go for a visit,and maybe… blog about the beautiful creations!!! 😮 Let me know when possible!
          Abrazos, Raquel.

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  2. Your blog brings back a lot of memories from my trip to Copacabana and Lake Titicaca in 2007. Unfortunately we only had a day or so there as we were in a rush to get to La Paz. The best bit of the journey was watching our bus get towed across the river on one of those barges. Only in South America!

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    1. Wasn’t it awesome?! We even saw an ambulance!!! and, despite the hurry, they had to wait, load onto the ferry… and navigate the lake waters… amazing… glad you liked the post and it was able to bring you back to a nice place, from your past! Take care, Raquel.

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  3. OMG, what awesome photos! As I said on my blog, my experience of Copacabana was a juice, and travelled on. I am more familiar with the northern part of the lake from Puno. I worked through there as a tour guide around Puno and the surrounding area and Isla Taquile, which I visited many times, although I never got to Amantani. My experience of La Paz is also limited, it was a place to arrive one day, change tourists with another guide coming from the north, then head out to Uyuni the same afternoon, wending our way back to Rio de Janeiro. I lived in Santa Cruz, twice, and travelled on the tren de la muerte about 30 times. Bolivia is a fascinating place.

    AV

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    1. Thank you, thank you! Your words are so encouraging! I think now we need to get out more, and keep traveling! 😮 Never did the tren de la muerte… and likely, don’t think I will, because of our 3 little kids… But, what a life experience you’ve got! Kuddos to you! 😮

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    1. We were so lucky with the weather… a bit of a shower, but nothing impeding the boat ride [~2 hours], plus the 3 hour hike at the island [with 5 kids!] The children loved the island and the ‘islas flotantes’, where we stopped for lunch! Pics to come soon! 😮

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  4. Your photos are beautiful, it has been a while since I’ve been to Copacabana and it is a happy reminder of a lovely town. The views from the top of the Calvary Hill are spectacular, really special,. It must have been fun to be there during Alisitas!

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    1. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed this series of pictures… it was not easy to decide between which ones I should use… that said, I just went with… a lot of them! 😮 It’s the largest gallery I’ve used on a post, but… why not, right? Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read thru the post – I do appreciate your interest and kind comments!

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