Lake Titicaca & Isla del Sol



A lot of people visit the famous Lake Titicaca because it is the highest navigable lake in the world.  People travel to destinations for bragging rights all the time, and although it might seem silly, quite simply, people need a reason to travel to certain spots.  However, upon arrival, people will realize that Lake Titicaca holds a value well beyond its status in the record books.   The lake holds a mystical sentiment can’t really be explained in words.  People come to the area hearing of the power of the lake and might not believe it, but those who set foot on one of the islands, like the favourite Isla del Sol, you will feel it.  Most visitors to the area head right out to Isla del Sol, where it is said that Manco Capac and his sister consort rose to begin one of the great civilizations of the world.  On the island you can find restaurants, lodging and much more.

Isla del Sol, Bolivia

Isla del Sol, Bolivia

 

Things to do on Isla del Sol

  • Hike to various sites: A day could easily be spent exploring Isla del Sol.  On the south side of the island you will find the famous Escalera del Inca, the ruins of Pilko Kaina and a the Iglesia de San Antonio. On the northern half of the island you will find the Chincaca Ruins, the sacred stone (Piedra Sagrada) and the Templo del Inca.

Where to eat on Isla del Sol

Most people stay in the small village of Yumani on their visit to Isla del Sol.  The island is more then a little bit accustomed to tourists and will make it easy for you to eat.  The local favourite is the trout caught in the lake’s waters.  Ask for trucha and you won’t likely be disappointed.  There are dozens of places that serve trout, usually at a price of around 5US$.

Where to stay on Isla del Sol

Yumani is the home to most travelers to the island.  There is a HI affiliated hostel on the island called Inka Pacha and offers dorms for a measly 4US$.  You can upgrade to a private room, which includes breakfast, for about 10US$.  If you don’t have a tight budget for your stay you might want to consider staying at one of the eco-hotels that have sprung up on the island.  La Estancia Ecolodge has great views, and includes both breakfast and dinner for around 65US$ for a single room.

 

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