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Copacabana
Copacabana is distinguished by its splendor and beauty. It is the region that broadly extends to the edge of Lake Titicaca at an approximate height of 3,841 m.

Constructed under two important hills, Cerro Calvario and Niño Calvario (also known as Kesanani), the City of Copacabana reigns, while keeping a distance of approximately 155 kilometers with the City of La Paz.
 
The city of Copacabana, with approximately 6,000 inhabitants, is the capital of the Municipality that has the same name, City of Copacabana and that at the same time houses a total of 25,000 inhabitants, spread in 33 original communities and peasants.
 
What stands out in this magical place and throughout the country, are its religious celebrations, its traditional festivals and cultural heritage, in addition to its archaeological treasure that sooner or later attracts more than one curious.
 
It is currently considered a Sanctuary for Catholics living in Bolivia, a center of pilgrimage and devotion, and a leisure destination for tourists.
Tourism
Copacabana is one of the most important tourist centers of the country, offering colorful landscapes, well presented at first sight to the two hills that frame the population being inside it highlight the white walls and tower of the Basilica of Copacabana, which a set perfectly with the blue deep in Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America. The Incas, as well as a number of other native peoples, are thought to originate in this region. Near the south-eastern shore of the lake, lies Tiwanaku, ruins of an ancient city-state that scholars believe was a precursor of the Inca Empire.

The region where the present city of Copacabana, considered the cradle of Aymara culture, was inhabited for centuries. Archaeological evidence suggests that the earliest known inhabitants of the area belonged to the Chiripa culture, which appears with the 14th century BC (circa 1300 BC).

Copacabana is the favorite city for tourists and locals to visit Lake Titicaca.

Besides Lake Titicaca, we have the Copacabana Bay, Copacabana Basilica and Calvary, Sol Island, Moon Island, Sahuiña and archaeological sites of different types.

The city counts on good infrastructures to attend the tourists. The Church of Our Lady of Copacabana, built at the time of Spanish colonization, is well preserved, with large pictures and religious paintings. The altar is about ten meters high, with a large amount of gold and silver, which shines throughout the church. It has the Morro do Calvário, from where you can admire the view of the city.
Weather
The climate in the spring is a little cool and with some rain. The spring season in Copacabana has a high average temperature of 16.3ºC (61.7ºF) and a low average of 1,7ºC (35,7ºF).

The weather in summer is more pleasant, but still with some rains, from December to March, where the average maximum temperature is 15.3ºC (60.7ºF) and the average low is 5ºC (39.3ºF).

In autumn, the climate is cooler again and also with some rain. At this time from March to June, the maximum average temperatures are 14.7 ° C (59 ° F) and the low averages about 1.3 ° C (35.3 ° F).

When we arrive to the winter in Copacabana the climate is cold and dry, reason why the winter is considered the dry season. It is a season, from June to September, with a maximum average temperature of about 13.7ºC (57.3ºF) and the average low of -3.3ºC (27.7ºF).
Currency
The Bolivian
Official language
The main language spoken is Spanish, although Aymara and Quechua are also common. In addition, 34 other indigenous languages ​​are official.
Documentation Required
Documents

Passport is required by all travelers except the following:

Travelers with national identity cards issued by Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
Travelers with a "Diplomatic Pass" issued by the United Nations.
Travelers with documents issued to refugees and persons without nationality or citizenship.

Passports or alternative documents must be valid for at least 1 year, upon arrival.

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Issued by the Consulates of Bolivia (or consular section of the Embassies)
Application requirements:
One photo size of the passport.
Completed application form.
Passport valid for at least 1 year.
Fee payable in cash or check.
Return flight ticket and travel itinerary as proof of travel.
Certificate of vaccination against yellow fever may be required.
For Specific Stays Visa, other than tourism, a letter of presentation from the relevant company or institution as proof of business intentions and the dates of travel.
Copy of confirmation of hotel reservations. If staying with friends or family, an invitation letter from the host in Bolivia can be used instead of hotel reservation. The letter should be addressed to the Embassy of Bolivia, and should indicate the relationship with the applicant, the dates of the visit, as well as the address and telephone number where you will be staying.

Time needed to issue visas
1 to 2 days for nationals requiring tourist visas without special authorization.
Approximately 6 weeks for all other citizens who require a tourist visa and special authorization from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia.
 
Visas must be required by everyone, provided they travel for tourism purposes, except:
From the countries mentioned above.
Nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco , New Zealand, Netherlands Antilles, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican City;
Passengers in transit (except nationals of China) who continue their journey on the same or first plane within 24 hours provided that they have valid one-way or return documentation and do not leave the airport.

note:
All citizens traveling on business need a Specific Purpose Visa.
Nationals who do not require a tourist visa are generally allowed to stay for a period of 30-90 days, check with the Consulates of Bolivia (or consular section of the embassies).
In addition to a visa, citizens of many countries also need special authorization; check in the Consulates of Bolivia (or consular section of the Embassies).
Health care
The services of public hospitals are quite poor, while private hospitals have good facilities.

Before leaving, it is advisable to take health and travel insurance to cover any medical expenses.

No vaccine is required. Vaccination against yellow fever and malaria prophylaxis is recommended for those who intend to travel to the Amazon or the tropical zone to the east of the country.
Telecommunications and electricity
Mobile phones / Mobile phones: The mobile phone network does not cover the whole country. The technologies used in Bolivia are D-AMPS, GSM, GPRS, EDGE.

Mobile operators: Entel, Tigo, NuevaTel PCS.

Internet: Many hotels have free or paid Internet connections. Only in major cities are Internet cafes.

Electricity: The electric current is 115/230 volts, 50 Hz.

Electrical outlets: The electrical outlets are type A and type C outlets. The type A outlets are similar to those used in the United States of America, while the type C outlets are the same as the European outlets.
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