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Copacabana, Bolivia

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From La Paz: Titicaca, Copacabana, and Isla del Sol Day-Trip

1. From La Paz: Titicaca, Copacabana, and Isla del Sol Day-Trip

Depart from La Paz on a fully guided day-trip that sails on Titicaca Lake and visits Copacabana and Yumani as well as Isla del Sol. Enjoy a tasty lunch and discover the famous Inca Steps and the Inca Fountain. Leave La Paz at around 7 am and after approximately 3 hours you will arrive at Tiquina, the narrowest part of the Lake Titicaca. Cross to the other side by boat and continue the trip on a 30-minute bus ride to the town of Copacabana. Once there, have lunch and then head towards the shore to catch a boat to the Isla del Sol, where you will see the Inca steps and the Inca fountain, also known as the youth fountain.  This Inca fountain represents the 3 pillars of the Aymara Culture, Ama Sua, Ama Llulla, and Ama Quella, which mean, you shall not steal, shall not lie, and shall not be lazy. Afterward, visit the town of Yumani and then start heading back to the port to catch the boat back to Copacabana. Once in Copacabana, explore the church, main square, and the crafts market. By 6 PM you will catch the bus back to La Paz, where you should arrive back in the city by 10 PM.

From La Paz: Lake Titicaca and Copacabana Private Tour

2. From La Paz: Lake Titicaca and Copacabana Private Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel in La Paz, journey to the village of Copacabana with a professional guide and enjoy a small local snack on arrival. Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana, dedicated to the Virgen Morena. Meet regional artisans and learn about their local crafts. Then, make your way to Isla del Sol by private boat, where you will walk through the Inca Grand Staircase to see the Sacred Fountain, said to give eternal happiness. Break for lunch at an archaeological restaurant, and then visit the small handicraft market and ancestral places to discover more about the customs of the locals.

La Paz: Catamaran Cruise on Lake Titicaca

3. La Paz: Catamaran Cruise on Lake Titicaca

After being collected from your La Paz accommodation, you will be transferred to Copacabana to make a brief visit to the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Copacabana. From there you will board your catamaran cruise and will sail to the Isla del Sol, enjoying a snack on board. On this legendary island, the cradle of the Inca Empire, you will visit the garden, the stairs, and the Inca Fountain. Your itinerary also includes a visit to the Inti Wata Cultural Complex, the main private tourist attraction of Bolivia. This includes the underground museum of the Ekako, the traditional medicine and totora raft construction centers, the Pachamama terraces of Inca agriculture, an artisan center, the Intica refuge, and the largest variety of Andean camelids located in the "Manco Kapac" viewpoint. Your visit to the complex also includes the unique experience of sailing aboard a huge typical "Totora" raft, as well as making a panoramic visit to the Inca palace of Pilkokaina. You will later board the catamaran again before continuing to sail, enjoying a buffet lunch and the majestic panorama of Lake Titicaca. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be transferred by car back to La Paz.

From Puno to La Paz: Copacabana and Isla del Sol Boat Tour

4. From Puno to La Paz: Copacabana and Isla del Sol Boat Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Puno at 6:30 AM for a quick transfer to the city bus station. Travel by road alongside Lake Titicaca towards the Bolivian side of the border until your reach Copacabana, admiring stunning shoreline views over quintessential Altiplano landscapes.  Make a brief visit to the beautiful Sanctuary of the Virgin of Copacabana before boarding a catamaran to begin your cruise to Sun Island, the cradle of the Inca Empire. Once at this legendary island, visit the Inca palace at Pilko Kaina, followed by the Inca Garden located on top of the Island. Continue to explore Inti Wata Cultural Complex, the main private tourist attraction in Bolivia, that includes the underground Museum of Ekako, various centers of traditional medicine, Titikaka Reed Shipbuilders display centers, the Pachamama Agricultural Inca Terraces, a craft center, the Intica lounge, and a vast array of Andean camelids in the Manco Capac lookout. While at the complex, you can take an optional sailing experience on a huge traditional Titicaca vessel and admire panoramic views of the Pilko Kaina Inca palace. Afterwards, board the catamaran once more and continue on to Copacabana while enjoying the majestic panorama of Lake Titicaca. Finally, board the bus and get dropped off in La Paz at around 7:30 PM.

From La Paz: Lake Titicaca Tour and Zip Line Experience

5. From La Paz: Lake Titicaca Tour and Zip Line Experience

Enjoy personalized service with pick up from your hotel in La Paz. Together with your guide, make your way to the town of Copacabana, where you can observe high Andean landscapes, flora, and fauna. Upon arrival in the village, you can visit the miraculous Lake Titicaca. Take a private boat to Sun Island, where you can enjoy a fresh local meal, prepared by the local inhabitants of the town. After lunch, take a 20-minute walk with your guide to the source of the spring. Visit the Island of the Moon to see ancient cultural relics and constructions that were witnesses to the great Inca Empire. The locals will be able to surprise you with the handmade crafts and the kindness with which they receive their visitors. Finish the visit to Lake Titicaca and return to Copacabana on your private boat. On the way back to La Paz, stop in the Estrecho de Tiquina, two villages that are separated by the waters of Lake Titicaca. Enjoy crossing the waters of Lake Titicaca by zip-line, a unique experience that you are sure to never forget. End your tour with transfer back to La Paz.

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What people are saying about Copacabana, Bolivia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 10 reviews

You utilise the public bus but we had no qualms about this - it felt similar to previous private coaches we had used previously. It was comfortable and efficient. Juan (our English speaking tour guide) was AMAZING - thank you, Juan. He is from Lake Titicaca and so speaks very passionately and knowledgeably about the history of this breathtaking area. He was very kind and it was invaluable having him to guide us through the day (really, don’t think we could put a price on that - you could probably book the bus and boat for cheaper but with poor Spanish I think it would almost be impossible). Also make sure you download the app. They tried to contact us via this to confirm pick up (instead of email/WhatsApp/calling) and when we didn’t reply they cancelled our pick up. Luckily we were able to get through to them on the morning when our bus didn’t show up and they organised a second tour guide, but it did set us back an hour.

Could have been a disaster but it was great! All the streets were blocked and secondary roads had been dug up with a backhoe! Welcome to Bolivian peaceful protest (a bloqueo). Many tours never made it out of La Paz. Thanks to our knowledgeable, intrepid and highly skilled driver, we made it out to the expressway on dirt roads with no signs. The detour took about 3-4 hours. Then we made it to every sight promised! We had guide Juan, a gentle soul educated at university in tourism and a native Aymara local full of knowledge of the geology, customs, plant life and history. This tour made a huge impression on us, for the beautiful sights on this tour, for our guides who persisted in getting us to our destinations come hell or high water, and for witnessing Bolivian activism.

I had a great day with Getyourguide with a trip to Lake Titicaca, seeing Copacabana and visiting the Island of the Sun. My guide Pablo not only talked about culture and history with interest and enthusiasm, but was also keenly interested in my well-being and how I endure the highlands on which the lake is located. I strongly recommend this tour and Pablo as a guide.

Excelente Tour! Recomendado al 100% en especial con el Guía Rodrigo, que nos hizo pasar un día muy especial y agradable con toda la información que nos daba de la historia del lugar su atención y su agradable actitud junto a la magia de ese lugar hizo que fuera un día para recordar siempre! Muchísimas gracias Rodrigo de verdad haces muy bien tu trabajo

Excellent Tour and Excellent Guide, Juan knowing about his culture and his history makes this trip make much more sense.