Hottest Place South of Havana

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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Friday, October 20, 2006

We went to Copacabana, Brazil and to be honest we weren't too impressed so we decided to check out Copacabana, Bolivia. To misquote the wise words of Barry Manilow 'it's not the hottest place south of Havana', but it was okay.

We found a cheap local hostel and used our honed bargaining skills to get a lower price; you know you have him at his lowest price when the owner begs you not to tell the other guests what you are paying. Dumping our stuff we headed out to wander around town, eventually stumbling upon the local cathedral, built between 1605 and 1820. Following the signs to the museum we startled the sleepy attendant who looked surprised to see anyone. After asking how much to enter we were too embarrassed not to go in, so we paid the few Bolivianos and followed the guy as he unlocked three creaky doors and ushered us into the cathedral's inner courtyard. He spoke Spanish and realising we didn't understand a word, left us to interpret for ourselves. Let us tell you there are some really creepy religious statues inside with eyes that seem to follow you around the room, but we found it interesting wandering around having the place to ourselves.

We also checked out the attached Capilla de Velas (Candle Chapel) which is a shrine with candle wax graffiti on the walls, not that we could read the Spanish scribbles.
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