Easter, or Semana Santa (Holy Week) as Bolivians call it, is celebrated throughout the country with elaborate festivals and processions. One of the largest gatherings takes place in Copacabana, along Lake Titicaca. Here hundreds of pilgrims arrive on foot from La Paz on Good Friday.
Copacabana is a place of pilgrimage throughout the year. There is even a weekly ritual known as La Benedicion de Movilidades, or Blessing of Vehicles.
Each Sunday morning, vehicles gather in front of the home of the Virgin de Candelaria Cathedral, decked out in a spectacular display of flowers and plastic knick-knacks. Priests bless the vehicle for a safe journey home while the vehicle owners pour champagne and light fireworks.
“Copacabana: blessing of cars” by Gianluca. CC2