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. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Copacabana trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • It is hard to climb to the top but the view is wonderful and you can enjoy the best view of the Lake and Copacabana. You can see the best sunset!
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  • Ideal to pay for your sins, place full of history according to the locals, beautiful view of the Lake and Copacabana!
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  • If you have ever landed in Copacabana (perhaps because you want to visit the island of the Sun the next day) you should have even been on the calvary. The ascent is quite sudorific. Must first and foremost due to the rather thin air (Lake Titicaca is located at 3800 m) and it rather slow going on who's not well acclimatised. In my opinion worth the trouble, because the view from the top is very nice. There is also another way upward (and below). This starts at the station of the Bolivian Navy (!) along the lake shore at the western edge of the village. At the top is a platform with lots of statues or stelae. During our visit, only one of the stalls was open. An Indian who sold amulets and candles to the faithful. In soot-blackened coves, flickering candle stub and show that not only the statues of the saints are important for the locals. It agrees that on the slopes a lot of rubbish lying around - rubbish as in some contributions mentioned, we have not seen. In November is low season and thus are also fewer visitors on site.
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  • We walked up Cerro Calvario, a hill north of town, where we climbed pass 14 stations of the cross. Due to the high altitude I struggled with the climb, but made it to the summit. There is a great view of Copacabana and Lake Tititcaca.
  • It's beautiful! Too much you observe the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca.
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  • For its beautiful view of the Lake
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  • Because it's nice
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Where to stay in Copacabana

Set in such a scenic spot on the shores of Lake Titicaca, it's little wonder that people wish to stay in Copacabana when exploring the region's natural and cultural attractions. Beachside stays remain popular, with chic, boutique style hotels and larger high-rise options offering extensive views of South America's largest lake. Expect to pay a little less when you look a few streets back from the sand and the water, with hotels and hostels both available. Thanks the Copacabana's continuous uphill slope, views of the lake are possible from pretty much anywhere around the main urban area.
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