"A little too early or too late in Copacabana" Top 5 Page for this destination Copacabana by richiecdisc

Copacabana Travel Guide: 148 reviews and 295 photos

Some places creep up on you and are such a pleasant surprise that traveling takes on more meaning than a mere aim and conquer mentality. It is typical to choose a destination, research it, and culminate the process by going and doing all the "things" you set out to do. Expectations are met, surpassed or fallen short of but always play a part in the perception of such places. South America has its share of destinations that take over your imagination long before you arrive but often it is the ones you did not plan on that get inside you. Copacabana in Bolivia was one such place for me. Much like Puno in Peru, it is a place you nearly have to pass through when traveling between the two countries en route of Lake Titicaca. But that is where the similarity ends. Copacabana does not overwhelm you; it seeps into you with a quiet restraint and quiet timeless streets. It's incredibly clean by South American standards and though obviously a tourist destination, it retains a true local flavor. Indeed, you can tell that Bolivians come to Copacabana because it is so special. A longtime sacred site of first the Tiwanaku and then the Incas, the city enjoys religious pilgrimages to this day with its Stations of the Cross. With Lake Titicaca at its doorstep and a mild sunny climate, it's a place you can certainly lose yourself for a few days. Sometimes that's more fun than doing "things" anyway.

  • Last visit to Copacabana: Oct 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Nice tips!

  • BorderHopper's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2007 at 3:07 PM

    Hey my old friend...good to see you still have many good comments on beer. Your tips will be very helpful...wonderful page on Copacabana. Me, my wife, and son will be there in October & the info you've provided will surely help us along the way.

  • ryuhome's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2005 at 6:19 AM

    This is a very well written as well as informative page. I'd really love to make this my next travel destination.

  • AlbuqRay's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2003 at 5:52 PM

    Excellent, well-written introduction and tips with great pictures! The best I have seen on VT. Thanks for sharing. I must read all the rest of your experiences. They will definitely help me at the end of September.

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2003 at 8:58 PM

    Love your intro. It works with people as well. Hey, u didn't go naked here? lol... U did it in the past, why not this time? ;-) Think globally?! U never fail to surprise ;->

  • frankcanfly's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2003 at 7:41 AM

    An excellent page, I'm considering a trip to this region next month. Your insight and attention to detail is as great as usual. Thanks for convincing me to come here.

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2003 at 12:47 PM

    I agree with you about the markets. I love just strolling through and checking out all the goodies. Another great page, Richie.

  • R.Dettmann's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2003 at 6:18 AM

    WOW such amazing pictures! I really need to go there as well! South America is so great! The mountains, the jungel, the people and the dancing, hahahah

  • ExGuyParis's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2003 at 9:42 AM

    As usual, a visit to your page is a sheer delight. Amazing stories and photos. The photo of "surreal" Laguna Colorada on your home ^page is incredible!

  • DoreenDe's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2003 at 10:31 AM

    eggsandwiches and just fruits...yummi...


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