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Horca del Inca, Copacabana

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#8 of 14 in Nature in La Paz Department
Geologic Formation Landmark
For insight into pre-Incan civilization head to Horca del Inca, an ancient astronomical observatory located on the hillsides of Copacabana. In spite of the name, the ruins are neither gallows nor made by the Incas. (Rumor attributes the erroneous name to Spanish colonialists upon their discovery of the site in the 16th century.) Locals use the piercing sunlight through the holed rocks surrounding the observatory to predict all kinds of things, from rainfall to expected crop yields during the Aymara new year. Put Horca del Inca and other Copacabana attractions into our Copacabana tour planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • The ascent is similar to the Calvary, but is less crowded because foreigners pay 10 bolivianos. Once you arrive to the gallows is you can keep going but road is not marked and it is unclear where it ends. It's not worth it. Upload if you spare you time and desire.
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  • The entrance costs 10Bs. They don't give you any information about the place and it is carelessness (with some garbage and graffiti). Beautiful views.
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  • The decent stone steps to this site begin on the left of the street running up past the side of the Cathedral, not far from Hostal Sonia. It is a 20 to 30 minute walk and there is a 10 Peruvian Sol en...  more »

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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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