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TITICACA PASSION

Lake Titicaca is certainly the most sacred lake of the Andean culture: according to the legend Tunupa, the God who created the Aymaras, was born from this inland sea. This ancient culture, which thrived for thousands of years, established its “capital” at Tiwanaku. Following this belief, the Incas who conquered this area instigated a legend according to which the God Sun Viracocha dropped his son Manco Cápac, the first Inca, and his spouse Mama Ocllo off on the Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun).
This religious syncretism was followed by the Spanish: The offering site of Illapa, the Thunder God, was converted in a Calvary and a pilgrimage site dedicated to the Virgin Mary of Copacabana. She granted so many miracles that a Brazilian pilgrim decided to bring a replicate to the little fort defending the bay of Río, which will later on site the name to the famous Carioca beach.
This varied trip will allow you to discover the important sites of the Andean History, outdoor, while enjoying the pure air descending from the highest summits of the close by Cordillera Real.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: La Paz - Copacabana
  • Day 2: Copacabana - Challa
  • Day 3: Challa - Copacabana - La Paz

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: La Paz - Copacabana

Departure from the hotel at 9 a.m. with a private transport. We will follow the Lake Titicaca and the Cordillera Real until Copacabana (3 ½ hours).
Copacabana is a small and quiet city located at the shores of Titicaca Lake, between two hills. It attracts all year long visitors willing to enjoy the peace and beauty of the lake, as well as pilgrims of the Copacabana Virgin. The tradition here is “challar” one’s car; this ceremony ensures protection to the vehicle and its drivers for the rest of the year. We will walk along the center, the market and the port and visit the cathedral. At the end of the day we will climb up the Calvary Hill to watch the sun go down over the lake.

Night at La Cúpula hotel***.
Included : private transport, guide expenses, room & breakfast

Day 2: Copacabana - Challa

Note: During 2 days, a boat will be at our disposal to transport the group as well as the bags during the walks.

Motor boat trip to the Lourdes caves, where the trek on the Yampupata peninsula starts. We will walk through the lost village of Zampaya where the time seems to have stopped... The trek continues along an arete over the Yampupata peninsula (4 to 5 hours trek). When arrived at the village, a boat will take us to the Isla del Sol nearby (1 hour crossing). We will arrive to the village of Challa to enjoy the sunset over the Cordillera Real.
Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours.

Night at the hostel Qhumpuri (basic comfort).
Included : boat ticket, local guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, box lunch, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 3: Challa - Copacabana - La Paz

The boat will take us to the village of Cha'llapampa. We will climb up an arete to the Chicana ruins (labyrinth in the Aymara language) and to the Inca's sacred rock. A beautiful trek following the top line and arriving to the village of Yumani at the southern end of the island. The Pilkokaina temple, built by Inca Tupac Yupanqui for its pilgrimage on the Ilsa del Sol, is just nearby. Return boat trip to Copacabana.
Hiking time 3-4h ; Elevation gain: +450m / -450m

We will return to La Paz in private transportation (about 3½-hour).

Night at the Naira hotel***.
Included : boat ticket, private transport, breakfast buffet , room

Hotel La Cupula   Copacabana

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

La Cúpula is nestled on the hillside of lake Titicaca, a location, which overlooks both the lake and the Village of Copacabana in Bolivia. La Cupula lies 3,899 meters over sealevel. The hostal has a touch of arabic architecture with colonial and precolombian elements, giving it an unique and an unforgettable feeling. Each of the 17 comfortable and clean rooms are individually designed, with a variety of artistic details.

Hotel Qhumpuri   Challa

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

The small hotel of Qhumphuri, is located in Challa, little village at the northern part of the Sun Island, on the Titicaca Lake. The welcoming is excellent and the food delicious. The hotel overhang the bay. Its rooms, equiped with private bathroom and toilets, offer stunning view over the lake.

Night hotel Naira   La Paz

Level : 3*
Included : breakfast buffet , room

Beautiful Naira Hotel is located in the heart of downtown of La Paz. With 22 warm, confortable and big rooms, private bathroom, hot water 24 hours, TV, Phone and room service. The aditional services included, laundry Service, Safety Box, travel agency and restaurant. It also has a cafeteria and Internet. Few steps from San Francisco Church.

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