Horca del Inca, Copacabana

3.3
#8 of 14 in Nature in La Paz Department
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. By using our Copacabana travel planner , you can arrange your visit to Horca del Inca and other attractions in Copacabana.
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  • Don't expect to much but just enjoy this not too difficult and quiet climb up the fiest southwest hill of Copacabana. After passing some dogs, mules and pigs you start climbing rock stairs to the top....  more »
  • There are no words to describe how beautiful that is the view from this place... Only take between 20 to 40 minutes to arrive, depends of the how fast to go, is a place to which it is worthwhile to go and is super close to Copacabana very preferred
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  • Nice views and interesting stones at the top. The Inca aspect is practically non existent. Climb is moderate. I did this and the other hill - calvario - I'd say they're both about as good as each othe...  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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