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Tourism Office

The Centro de Información Turístico has posted regular hours, but in practice opens whenever it feels like it. It offers maps and pamphlets about the city, plus tour, hotel and restaurant information (Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Av 6 de Agosto and 6 de Julio. URL: www.visitacopacabana.com). Centro de Información de Comunitario has good information and photo exhibit on the region’s island communities(Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-7p.m. Av 6 de Agosto and 16 de Julio, Plaza Sucre. Tel: 7729- 088 / 7773-7889, E-mail: rtiticaca@gmail.com / info@titicacaturismo.com, URL: www.titicacaturismo.com). Another useful website is: www.copacabana-bolivia.com. The police station is on the north side of Plaza 2 de Febrero (Av Jáuregui). Immigration is located at Kasani, on the border.

Money

It is best to stock up on cash before leaving La Paz or Puno, as money facilities are limited in Copacabana. The town’s only one bank, PRODEM, has tellers that will arrange withdrawals for you, but only during bank hours (9 a.m.-4 p.m. 6 of Agosto, between Bolívar and Pando). The ATM at the bank and the one next to the post office only accept Visa cards (some foreigners report problems having their cards accepted) and frequently are out of service. Exchange houses are located on Avenida 6 de Agosto. Many businesses will exchange Bolivianos for Peruvian soles or US dollars—at usurious fees—but most Copacabana business owners will accept Peruvian or US currency. A few also take credit cards.

Keeping in Touch

Plenty of Internet cafés are on the main tourist drag, 6 de Agosto. Connection can be slow, and prices are costlier than in other parts of Bolivia. Try Alf@Net for newer computers, Skype, printer access and a decent connection speed (Ca 6 de Agosto 100). The café also has a pool table, book exchange and video room in the back. Aqui Entel, just down the road, also offers internet, fax, cabinas for local and international calls, and a book exchange--but no printing (6 de Agosto). Near the police station is the post office, though there is much delay on mail going out (Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-noon, 2:30-6 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Av Jáuregui and Junín, Plaza 2 de Febrero).

Medicine

Hospital de Copacabana lies just south of the city center, off Avenida Tejada; it provides general, emergency and dental services (Ca Tito Yupanqui, Zona Garita. Tel. 118). If your ailment isn’t serious enough to merit a hospital visit, stop in any of the pharmacies along 6 de Agosto and Avenida Jáuregui. If you can describe what’s wrong, the pharmacist can most likely offer a solution.










By Margaret Rode
A self-professed city girl, sassy staff writer Margaret Rode hails from Chicago where she received Bachelor degrees in English Literature and Spanish...
27 Jun 2012

 
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