April 13, 2011

The magnificent Titicaca Lake

Located 4000 meters above sea level, the Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, each year thousands of tourists and visitors from around the country and the world come to Copacabana to see another side of the country or pilgrimage to the church, whose patron saint is the Virgin of Copacabana.

The tour usually starts very early near the general cemetery of La Paz from where buses, minibuses and small cars departs to this city of contrasts. The passage can vary between 20 and 25 Bs. (3 or 4 $us) depending on date and Bolivian demand for tickets. Once on board, transport rises from 3600 meters from the city of La Paz to 4000 in El Alto and then continue their journey through the highlands where there are snow-capped montains as the Illimani, Huayna Potosi, Mururata and others.

At the same time we can see several towns on the road as Batallas -cradle of "marraqueta"- where you can visit some local fairs on weekends, these are tubers such as potatoes, chuño, tunta, cheese, fresh milk, tools, cereal and others. 

Also in Google Earth => Copacabana

Then is Tiquina, which is a must for all, in this place the tourism must cross the lake in boats that offer their services for 4 Bs. (1 $us) In this section you can see the Illimani from the lake, obviously a memorable post for many. On the other side is the market with its dining place where the locals offer a variety of typical local dishes at reasonable prices.

The tour will continue along the lake till Copacabana. Once there, there are many places to visit as the temple of Copacabana, the calvary has a wonderful view of the city, beach and lake, there are also different restaurants offering national and international dishes of trout and other fishes. In the city and principal square, enterprises offer tours of the lake and its surroundings and others.

The trip can be done in one day, but it is advisable to have a whole weekend to visit the Sun Island, Moon Island and other sites that require additional travel.

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