DAY 1: LA PAZ - COPACABANA
Duration: 9am to 8pm
Distance: 148km/ 91 miles
Elevation: 3600m (11.811ft) – 4100m (13.410ft)
Dificulty: Eeasy-Medium (moderate but altitude makes it difficult)
Good morning adventurer! After breakfast, we’ll pick you up from the hotel at 9 am. On the way, we will have a couple of stops to take pictures and enjoy our mid-morning snack. On the way, we will have impressive views of the Cordillera Real, a chain of snow-capped mountains, views of the Bolivian altiplano and towns surrounding the largest lake in South America. Around 11:30 am, we will cross the ‘Strait of Tiquina’, 10 min. in a very small boat to the other side of the shore. Finally, we will arrive at our destination at 1 pm.!
The adventure starts here! We will enjoy a local lunch (one of the most recommended options is the fish called ‘Pejerrey’ from Lake Titicaca), we will visit the popular Copacabana market where we will appreciate hundreds of merchants selling dairy products but also an exquisite snack called ‘Pasank’ alla’ (corn baked with natural caramel), be very careful! 99% of our tourists have become addicted to these popcorns. Then we’ll explore the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana, built at the foot of a small steep hill, sacred to the Inca and known as the Temple of Sun, it remains one of the two main places of importance to the indigenous peoples and Catholics alike, You will love its architectonic style!
After leaving our bags at the hostel, at 4:45 p.m., we began our expedition through the ‘Calvario de Copacabana’, an uphill trek of approximately 40 min. We will lose a few extra kilos, however, we can assure you that every drop of sweat is worth it! We will appreciate the sunset with the best view of Copacabana and we will end the day with a light dinner.