Ascent to Cerro Calvario

Ascent to Cerro Calvario

Outlook of Copacabana

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One of the two most popular places for walks in the nearby surroundings of Copacabana is the ascent to the mountain Cerro Calvario (3 975 m asl), from where is a beautiful view of both the lake Titicaca, town and the surrounding four thousand meters high mountains. The mountain itself has its unique atmosphere, especially in the evening when the candles burn here. 

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Cerro Calvario from Niňo Calvario

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It is not very difficult to find the starting point of the ascent to Cerro Calvario. Either turn from the main street La Paz 250 meters before the harbor to the perpendicular street rising up the slope up to the beginning of the official path leading to the top, or simply walk by seeing toward this hill, which can be seen from everywhere.The path rises to a small pass (3 950 m asl) between the main peak and neighboring Niño Calvario, which is also worth a visit. First, because there is a nice view of the main peak from it, but you can also enjoy views of the great bay of the lake to the east of the town.

Cerro Calvario from Niňo Calvario

Panorama from Niño Calvario

From Niño Calvario is a beautiful view of the large bay of lake Titicaca lined first with fertile fields and then farther in the interior with bare mountains dotted occasionally with only remnants of trees. In addition, only really a few people come here, so compared to the higher neighboring mountain there's peace and quiet.
 

Panorama from Niño Calvario

View of Nino Calvario

During the ascent to Cerro Calvario is a nice view of the pass and slightly higher Niño Calvario with small Inca remains.
 

View of Nino Calvario

At the top of Cerro Calvario

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At the top of the mountain you will see not only tourists, but also locals lighting here long candles. You can buy them from the sellers standing along the path.

 

At the top of Cerro Calvario

View of Copacabana

Wonderful is obviously a view of Copacabana below you. You will see the harbor and long beach, local wonderful cathedral and two other outlook hills on the west end of the town.

View of Copacabana

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