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Lake Titicaca and islands tour

It is called the "Sacred Lake" due to its great importance for ancient cultures such as Inca and Tiwanaku. Currently it maintains a unique energy for the mystical and spiritual tourism. It is the second largest lake in South America and the highest navigable lake in the world. The Isla del Sol and Isla de la Luna (Sun and Moon Islands) are located in this lake, representing the male and female balance from the Andean Cosmovision (world view). These islands house important archaeological ruins and ethnic communities of Aymara origin with whom you can live with to learn about their daily lives and cultural richness.

Optional visits:

- Visit the north part of the Sun Island: archaeological area of Chincana (Inca labyrinthine construction) and the Roca Sagrada (Sacred Rock).
- Visit the town of Sampaya, known for its stone constructions dating from Aymara Señorios (Estates).
- Visit the Orca del Inca or the Copacabana Calvary.
- Low-physical-demand walk from the north to the south part of the Isla de la Luna passing through pre-Columbian routes (Camino del Inca).
- Observing the Giant Frog in Lake Titicaca in the community of Sahuiña.
- Living with the community of Coati – Isla de la Luna

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Day 1: LA PAZ – COPACABANA – SUN ISLAND

We pick you up in a bus from your hotel between 7:00 and 7:30 am (only from downtown hotels) to start the trip through the vast Altiplano (High Plateau). Two hours later we are going to arrive at Lake Titicaca’s narrowest sector that is known as Estrecho de Tiquina (Strait of Tiquina) which we will cross by local motorboats along with the people from this area.

At 12:00 we arrive in Copacabana. There, we are going to get on a motorboat to head to the Sun Island through Lake Titicaca. At the Sun Island we will visit the ruins of Pilcocaina Palace, an old palace that was built for the exclusive use of the Inca. Later, we will go to Yumani where 3 watersheds Fountain and Escalinata del Inca (Inca’s Staircase) are located.

After taking some pictures of the lake and the spectacular Cordillera Real in the background of the landscape, we will start our ascent of the hill of the island toward our accommodation site, around one-hour walk of medium difficulty.

Day 2: SUN ISLAND – MOON ISLAND – COPACABANA – LA PAZ

After having breakfast, we descend towards the port of the island to get on a boat to go to the Isla de la Luna or Coati where we will visit the archaeological site known as Templo de las Escogidas (Temple of the Virgins). On this island, the Inca women used to learn to knit with Andean textiles and remain virgin to be the Inca’s concubines later. Once our visit to this island is over, we will return to Copacabana for a short visit. This town is rich in Andean/Christian religious syncretism. Finally, we will visit the Sanctuary of Virgin of Copacabana, saint patron of Bolivia, and walk around the town where there are many crafts shops.

Bus to La Paz departs at 1:00 pm and arrives in La Paz around 5:00. Then, you are transported to your hotel.

- El programa no Incluye: Boletos aéreos, Hospedaje en La Paz, Bebidas en restaurantes y hoteles, gastos extras, seguro de viaje, propinas.
- Es requerido portar documentos de identificación para cruzar el Estrecho de Tiquina
- Salidas todos los días
- El itinerario puede modificarse en época de lluvias (de noviembre hasta abril).
- Salidas todos los días.
- Variación altitudinal de los 3500 msnm hasta los 3900 msnm.
- El programa puede hacerse iniciando o finalizando en Puno

Lake Titicaca is located in the Andes mountains it has shared borders among Bolivia and Peru. It is the largest freshwater lake in South America and also the highest navigable lake in the world. Lake Titicaca is said to be the cradle of South America´s ancient civilizations, and has been populated by numerous Andean cultures, including the Puraka, the Tiwanaku, and the Incas. The presence of these civilizations can be seen on Lake Titicaca by the ruins they left behind, including the ruins of a submerged pre-Columbian giant 1000-year-old temple discovered under the lake on 2000, a 660-foot long, 160-foot wide temple, a terrace for crops, a pre-Incan road and an 2,600-foot containing wall, the submerged ruins were found in an area of the lake Titicaca between the town of Copacabana and the popular tourist destinations of the Island of the Sun and Island of the Moon.

The beautiful town of Copacabana, just 3 hours far from Puno (Peru) and La Paz (Bolivia). This small city is located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America with islands with historic remnants of the Inca Empire (Titicaca also is the highest navigable lake in the world over 3,800 meters / 12,500 feet).

During the pre – Columbian times Copacabana was an important religious site for people of the Andean zone, one of the holiest cities of the Inca empire, these days thousands of catholic pilgrims come from all over Bolivia to visit and venerate the Virgin of Copacabana.

It is believed that the birthplace of the Incas occurred in the Sun Island (Isla del Sol), one of the most beautiful places in all of Bolivia with spectacular views of the Andes Mountain Range. The tourist circuit of the island is divided between the north end and the south end. At the north side there are Challapampa and some Inca ruins like Chinkana (labyrinth), a huge stone complex full of mazes, believed to be a seminary for Inca priests; the sacred rock, carved in the shape of a puma and the large footprints, said to have been created when the Sun dropped down to Earth to give birth to Manco Kapac and Mama Ocllo (Adam and Eve of the Incas). At the south there is the village of Yumani, with the Inca Palace of Pilcocaina and the Fountain of the Inca, they lead up to a sacred stone fountain with three separate springs, which are said to be a fountain of youth. One of the most recommended activities at the Island is the 5 hour hike from south to north side, along the way there are wild llamas, herds of sheep and some local villages.

There are over 80 ruins on the Sun Island from the Inca period circa 15th century AD. however there is evidence that people lived on the island as far back as the 3rd millennium BCE.

It is also a very good additional activity to visit the Moon Island (Isla de la Luna), the Island was similar to a convent and women, virgins destined to be the concubines of the Inca, wove garments by hand with alpaca wool and performed ceremonies dedicated to the sun.

Prices

  • 2 passengers
  • All included
  • Private double room
    / Hostel standard
  • Shared transportation
  • Bilingual guide (Eng-Sp)
  • 1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 break.
  • Tickets for attractions
  • Transfer to bus terminals
  • $ 330 per person
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  • 2 passengers
  • All included
  • Hab. privada doble /
    / Ecolodge
  • Shared transportation
  • Bilingual guide (Eng-Sp)
  • 1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 break.
  • Tickets for attractions
  • Transfer to bus terminals
  • $ 400 per person
  • Check Availability
  • 4 passengers
  • All included
  • Private double room
    / Hostel standard
  • Shared transportation
  • Bilingual guide (Eng-Sp)
  • 1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 break.
  • Tickets for attractions
  • TTransfer to bus terminals
  • $ 235 per person
  • Check Availability
  • 4 passengers
  • All included
  • Hab. privada doble
    / Ecolodge
  • Shared transportation
  • Bilingual guide (Eng-Sp)
  • 1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 break.
  • Tickets for attractions
  • Transfer to bus terminals
  • $ 300 per person
  • Check Availability

* Price in USD
* Accommodation at Isla del Sol