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Village of Copacabana
The village is four hours bus drive from La Paz, 150 km (about 93 miles) away. Copacabana is located 3800 m (about 12,467 feet) above sea level, on the hillside of the famous Titcaca Lake with lots of marvelous views of the landscape and the dark-blue, silent mirrored water. In Copacabana two languages are spoken: Spanish and Aymara. Lifestyle in Copacabana is a combination of local traditions and Spanish colonial catholic culture.

International and Bolivian tourists come to spend days in the town in order to enjoy the highest navigable lake of the world and its colorful village festivities. The Aymara word "cota cawuaña", which means "overlooking the lake", was transformed to Copacabana by the Spaniards. With the splendid views you get over Lake Titicaca, the name of the village could not have been chosen better.

The basilica of Copacabana is famous for being a church of pilgrimage, which attracts many Catholics from Bolivia, Peru and believers from all over the world. The temple is located in the 2 de Febrero main square and was built in 1550.

The locals come to show devotion to the famous virgin, according to the catholic tradition, and to bless their cars in front of the impressive church of Copacabana, which today is a popular custom. You can witness these blessings with the strong Aymara influence practiced by the Christian priests every Saturday and Sunday morning.

In the chapel of candles you can light a candle to the virgin and make a wish.

The hill "Calvario"
Copacabana is placed right at the foot of the hill, called "Calvario". The path that leads up to the top is marked with the Passion Stations of Christ. Walking up, about halfway, there are witch-doctors blessing the miniatures you can buy at the Calvary. Miniatures of any object you wish to have come to you in reality. In addition, you are likely to see some other traditional indigenous offerings and healing ceremonies.

From the top of the "Calvario", about 40 minutes from La Cúpula you have a wonderful view surveying the lake and the landscape. This walk is highly recommended to see the sunset over the lake.

The astronomic observatory "Horca del Inca"
The name means "the hanging place of the Inca" and was incorrectly given by the Spanish conquers. It is neither a pitchfork nor made by the Inca.

It is a megalithic monument, a sacred astronomic observatory of the Chiripa culture, which is before the Incas.

Every 21th of June, the rising sun projects a beam through a man-made hole onto a horizontal stone. This moment marks the beginning of the Aymara year.

Many people from Copacabana walk up the mountain (40 minutes walking distance), before sunrise on this special day to celebrate the winter solstice ceremony and give offerings to Pachamama (mother earth) and to ask for good crops, abundance, and health for the following year.

The ruins "Asientos del Inca"
On your way to the "Horca del Inca" you can pass by an archeological site of a rock-carved stone platform, called the "Asientos del Inca" or "Intinkala"(which means "stones where the sun sits"). The site is located 5 minutes from the main church, right in front of the cemetery.