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Cerro Calvario, Copacabana

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Gain a panoramic view of the surrounding area from Cerro Calvario, a hill littered with small monuments representing the 14 Stations of the Cross. Climb the hill with pilgrims making their way to the top, and admire the monuments built here during the 1950s. Along the route--which takes about half an hour to walk from start to summit--you'll see fortune-tellers and native priests burnings candles and offering blessings. The view from the top is extensive and uninterrupted, while the monuments photograph well against the backdrop of the water and the town. Take a look at our Copacabana itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Cerro Calvario and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Take it slow but you can do it! While families including old grandparents go up there to picnic. I went during a festival so it was full of BBQing families. It's interesting to see how at each station...  more »
  • Starting by before Calvary and down by back to the Lake... When we go to Copacabana how not resist climb by warm and lovely time... Choose the month or it does not rain, because it risks harming the view for photo enthusiasts... It begins at the foot of the white Church located down the street Destacamento. In the middle of the course, there is a flat shape or gathered the Yatiris (wizards), conducting the ch' went... If you feel like it, you can head down to the Lake on this side, very relaxing. All up there, you'll see a lot of sellers of trinkets that happiness doors would look like that in the future, the possession of these items, will be real this time. The view from the top is magnificent, especially in good weather. It is possible to go down to the Lake, there is a way, but have good walking shoes...
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  • For anyone who's not prepared, the height of Copacabana of 3800 meters above sea level, is a challenge for anyone visiting Calvary, but after arrival the view returns the effort.
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  • One of the best place to have an excellent look at the Copacabana apart from the mesmerising and unforgettable play of colours when the sun sets in the lake Titicaca along the island of the sun. While trekking up do carry a lots of water part from a sun hat, goggles and sunscreen. It does get windy on the top so carry some light woollens and cheaters. There are few shacks on the top which sell water, soft drinks, snacks etc. There is a guy with a telescope also at the top with which you can see right up till the nearest Peruvian town apart from the Sun island( of course for a price). Unfortunately this gentleman hardly stays till sunset. So go a little early if interested in the telescopic view. Wait till the end to enjoy the complete beauty of the place. Do carry a head lamp or a torch as on the way back it suddenly gets dark and not the complete way is illuminated. Happy Viewing. Bon Chance.
  • Yes, it is a very steep walk up, and yes, if you are not mobile then I would certainly suggest giving this a miss - if you are fit and healthy though, you should really make your way up this hill! - the views are spectacular, especially at sunset. Not to be missed.
  • Well worth the 30 minute steep hike up. Its not to hard on the legs, rather you will feel it in your lungs. Once you get to the top you will forget all about the walk up. walk to the other side and get even better views of the city and the lake. Just sit and enjoy the view. The walk back down is tougher.
  • Not seen everywhere, but this has got to be up there with top views in the world! A 3000 m up lake in front of you bordering two South American countries, shaky little town beneath you, sun setting in the clouds and a nice monument besides you. Brilliant.
  • You can walk up this mountain. Great views of Lake Titicaca and Copacabana below. Worthwhile if you have half a day to spare—but I wouldn't do this if you still have more to see in the town. (Or if you're Catholic, you might benefit from doing it as a religious experience, I wouldn't know.) Be ready for a little huffing and puffing if you're not used to the high altitude. And remember, never do exertion on the first day or two after arrival in a place of much higher altitude than you're used to. I short it one star only in comparing it with other attractions in the area, and because of the difficulty due to high altitude. Basically it's a vista. And a religious thing, if you're religious, as there are the "stations of the cross" designated along the trail up, and religious edifices at the top.