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Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca

Free admission
La Paz, Bolivia

The Basics

The Bolivian gateway to Lake Titicaca is the historic city of Copacabana, which can be reached from La Paz as part of a day trip or overnight journey. Here, steep streets lead straight to the edge of the water, where visitors gather for platters of lake trout served in open-air restaurants. To get some perspective on Lake Titicaca’s glorious scenery, however, it’s worth heading out on the water.

Among the most popular options are boat trips to Sun Island (Isla del Sol) and Moon Island (Isla de la Luna), with hiking trails, Inca ruins, and traditional villages. Sleeping in a Sun Island village is an unforgettable experience, as well, offering the chance to meet locals where they live and work—and the stargazing is unbeatable.

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2-Day Lake Titicaca and Sun Island (Isla del Sol) from La Paz
2-Day Lake Titicaca and Sun Island (Isla del Sol) from La Paz
$178.00 per adult
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Extremely well organized. Loved...
Extremely well organized. Loved Lake Titicaca and Sun Island, but be sure to request a room down by the beach on Sun Island, or you will be climbing LOTS of steps up to the lodging well above the beach area. Most are set up high, and they advertise beautiful views, but trust me, just stay down below and hike up later for the views, without having to carry all your own suitcases, etc. Luckily, our guide gave us the heads-up so we requested a beach hostal and it was great. Remember, elevations are high here, so carrying a heavy pack uphill is not fun! Hostal Puerto Yumani is the almost new hotel, and breakfast is included. Very comfortable lodging and no hiking to reach it! It also serves lunch and dinner.
Karin M, Oct 2017

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Intense sun and unpredictable weather mean that temperatures can vary dramatically in a single day, so bring layered clothing.

  • Many boats to Sun Island feature an open-air top deck with fabulous views, but a brimmed hat and sunglasses are a must if you want to ride up top.

  • Lake Titicaca’s high elevation can be taxing, especially if you’ve just arrived in Bolivia, so plan to move slowly and drink plenty of water.

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How to Get There

The 95-mile (154-kilometer) trip from La Paz to Copacabana takes roughly four hours, and options include private or group tours, buses, and minibuses. However you travel, you’ll likely disembark while crossing the Strait of Tiquina. Vehicles travel by car ferry, while passengers board a smaller boat and rejoin drivers on the other side. If you’re visiting Lake Titicaca with a private driver, it’s possible to combine the journey with a stop at Tiwanaku.

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When to Get There

Bolivia’s winter dry season runs from May through October, when clear, cold weather comes to Lake Titicaca. November through March brings rain and warmer temperatures, and trails can be muddy, but tours to Lake Titicaca operate year-round.

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Traveling to Peru Via Lake Titicaca

If you’re continuing to Peru after your time in Titicaca, it’s possible to take a bus from Copacabana to Puno, the main town on the Peruvian side of the lake. Tours from La Paz to Puno offer the convenience of coordinated ground transport, boat trips, and activities to maximize your sightseeing time during the journey.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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