The San Francisco Church is situated in La Paz, in the plaza of the same name, dating back to the 16th century. Its architectural style is representative of the mestizo (mixed Spanish), which combines Spanish and pre-Columbian art. It is a very noisy and I liked the contrast of going inside of the church which gives visitors peace and quiet.
Traquilo Copacabana is a town on the border between Peru and Bolivia, on the shore of Lake Titicaca. The church is actually a cathedral, built in the centre, and is important for the Inca religion. They believe it's the cradle of the birth of its civilization. Many pilgrims come to see the Virgin of Copacabana, also known as the "Queen of Bolivia". This Virgin is the most revered in the country. The cathedral was built in 1580, after the Virgin appeared, in a style reminiscent of Moorish churches in the south of Spain. On the weekend, there is a peculiar ritual performed. People come, sometimes from far, to bless their car. They decorate their car with flowers and colour and covered it with sparkling wine, while a priest throws holy water and says a prayer. There is lots of noise, music, singing, and dancing. The people consider it good luck for avoiding accidents. Since Bolivia has the most dangerous roads in the world, I guess it's a good idea.
Copacabana, a nice Bolivian town on Lake Titicaca, 4 hours bus from Puno (Peru), very quiet and full of backpackers and artisans. It can climb to Calvary (we couldn't because Ro had fever during three days we were there), visit mannerist style church where the virgin of Copacabana (whole building is really impressive). The Basilica of Copacabana: a Moorish-style building built in 1550 is home to the Virgin Morena. The day we went there was a procession of cars and trucks decorated with floral arrangements that would bless the vehicle.
The small church of San Agustin is characterized by the Arabian influence of the time, when the kingdom was present in the south of Spain. It is in the municipality of La Paz and the vice presidential palace. Inside you will see three areas supported by columns with this North African influence. The church of San Augustin is an unusually small place compared to other colonial or gothic buildings in the historic center.
The church and museum of Recoleta are adjacent to the exit from the central square of Sucre and the main attractions. I think visiting both is really worth it, not so much for the displays of many religious paintings and sculptures, but the top overlooks Sucre and you get a wonderful view.
At the top of Cerro Chico, after a steep rise made all the more difficult by the effects of high altitude, you can see the figure of Christ on top of a church, his gaze directed toward the centre of the city. These white statues of Christ, with open arms, can be found across South America. It is surrounded by large antennas and electrical wires, a strange mix of technology and religion.