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Sun Island (Isla del Sol) Tours

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Sun Island (Isla del Sol)
The most important island on the lake, according to pre-Columbian tradition, is the Isla del Sol, “Sun Island.” It is the largest of the lake islands (14.3 square kilometers, or 5.5 square miles), and considered sacred to the Andean Sun God and Inca patron deity, Inti. Today, its dramatically sculpted terrain is home to some 800 families, 180 pre-Columbian ruins, and several kilometers of ancient trails to explore.

It is said that after a great flood cleansed the Earth, Viracocha, the god of creation, rose from the sacred lake and came to this island. First, he created Inti, the sun, and Mama Quila, the moon. Two large “footprints” in the stone, still visible on the path to the sacred city of Challapampa, mark the spot where Viracocha created the Earth’s first man and woman, Mallco Capac and Mama Ocllo.

While it’s possible to come here on a day trip from Copacabana (but not Puno; Isla del Sol is on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca), it is much better to stay overnight. Most services are in Yumani, also home to an ancient stone fountain that sits atop 206 stone steps; this may be the Fountain of Youth. Boat tours and stone trails lead to scores more ruins, such as the Inca seminary and enormous stone labyrinth called the Chinkana, the ornate Temple of Pilcocaina, and the “Stone Puma,” or “Titi Karka,” thought to have bequeathed upon this lake its name. Sunset is fittingly spectacular, and perhaps best appreciated from the lighthouse, atop the island’s highest point (4,097m/13,441ft).

Nearby Isla de la Luna (Island of the Moon) is another sacred isle, which can be visited by boat tour from either Isla del Sol or Copacabana. The most famous ruins are those of what is thought to have been an ancient convent, called Ajlla Wasi (House of the Chosen Women).

Stories of a nearby lost city, long thought to have been as apocryphal as Plato’s tales of Atlantis, were proven absolutely true in 2000. An international expedition discovered a submerged temple dating to perhaps 700AD, roughly the size of a football field, connected to Copacabana by an undersea road. You can see some of the artifacts uncovered there at the island’s Museo de Oro (Museum of Gold).
Address: Puno, Peru
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Private Tour: Lake Titicaca, Copacabana and Sun Island from La Paz

Absorb the elevated majesty of Lake Titicaca and its sublime surroundings on a full-day private tour from La Paz. Accompanied by a knowledgeable private guide, venture to the world’s highest lake to marvel at the cobalt blue color of the water and the picturesque perimeter of snow-sprinkled mountains. Absorb the sacred atmosphere of a 16th-century basilica in Copacabana; enjoy an authentic Bolivian lunch on the waterfront; and discover the natural splendor of Sun Island, an enclave considered to birthplace of Inca civilization. Enjoy the undivided attention of your expert guide on this private tour, the commentary of which can be tailored to suit your interests.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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2-Day Lake Titicaca and Sun Island (Isla del Sol) from La Paz

The landscapes of Lake Titicaca and Sun Island (Isla del Sol) are some of the most spectacular in South America. Experience the world’s highest lake and the beautiful Sun Island on a 2-day tour from La Paz, which includes one night accommodation, select meals, and all transport. Explore the artisan town of Copacabana, take a ferry ride on Lake Titicaca, and visit the ornate Temple of Pilcocaina after hiking on Sun Island (Isla del Sol).
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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2-Day Private Tour from La Paz: Lake Titicaca, Copacabana and Sun Island

See the highlights of Bolivia’s Andes on a 2-day private tour from La Paz to Lake Titicaca, Copacabana and Isla del Sol. Customize this tour to your interests as you travel to the country's iconic lake to explore shoreline villages with views of deep blue water and snow-capped mountains. Board a local ferry to explore Copacabana’s Moorish-influenced architecture and bustling markets, and catch an unforgettable sunset from the Cerro Calvario. Discover the roots of Inca culture in Sun Island’s archeological sites, labyrinth and walking trails before returning to La Paz.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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1-Day Sun Island Tour Copacabana From Puno

Sun Island, or the Isla del Sol, lies off the southern shores of Lake Titicaca—but its remote location makes exploring independently a challenge. On this tour, reach Sun Island from your Puno hotel with all your transportation covered.  With your guide to lead the way, discover the farms and fishing bays on which the islanders rely, and admire uninterrupted views over the eucalyptus forests, rocky headlands, and pretty coves.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Duration: 14 hours
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Lake Titicaca and Sun Island Overnight Catamaran Cruise from Puno

Admire the stunning scenery that surrounds Lake Titicaca and the majestic Sun Island during an overnight cruise from Puno. Climb aboard a stylish catamaran and set sail over the shimmering surface of the world’s highest lake, absorbing gorgeous greenery as you cruise. Visit the traditional town of Challapampa to gain intriguing insight into the indigenous culture of the area; see the ancient Inca temples of Chincana and Pilko Kaina accompanied by a knowledgeable guide; and feast upon regionally inspired dishes in rustic restaurants.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Lake Titicaca and Sun Island Catamaran Cruise from Puno

Discover the natural splendor of the world’s highest lake on a full-day catamaran cruise from Puno. Cross the Bolivian border to board a stylish boat and sail upon the shimmering surface of the sacred Lake Titicaca. Venture to the visionary Island of Sun to admire spectacular scenery and ancient Incan ruins then feast upon a delicious lunch of regionally inspired recipes aboard the catamaran. Experience the majesty of Lake Titcaca in a relaxed and rejuvenating manner on this tranquil tour.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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