Isla del Sol, Bolivia: Newbie Trekkers Start Here

If the island studded, Aegean-blue waters of Lake Titicaca don’t inspire the desire to try something new, nothing will.

 The Incas believed the snow fed lake and Isla del Sol to be the birthplace of creation.

I believe it to be THE place to for new trekkers to be born.

Why? It is impossible to become seriously lost! Should you somehow lose the wide and well marked trail, a small community or farmhouse is no more than an hour away regardless of where you are on the island.

Losing interest? Don’t.  Beckoning views of the Andes in the distance, the opportunity to bump shoulders with the indigenous people along the way, over 80 Inca ruins, and lakefront campsites make for an unforgettable experience for both new/experienced trekkers.

 Isla del Sol TREK AT A GLANCE:

  • Route:  Start& Finish at the South End
  • Guide: Not Necessary
  • Price: Independently = Food Cost +Ruins Fees + $8.56 USD = Approximately $20 USD
  • Permit: $2.86 USD Entrance to the Island – Some entrance fees for the ruins may be required.
  • Maps: On the reverse side of your permit.
  • Duration: 1-2 Nights 
  • Best time to Go: April – October
  • Travel Time: 5 hours from La Paz ($2.14 USD)
  • Trail Distance: 41KM (25.5 Mile)
  • Elevation: 3,800 Meters +  or 12,500 Feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  •  HOT TIP: Carry money in small denominations (20 Bolivianos or less).

 Getting to Isla del Sol is a treat in itself:

 

Cross the Strait of Taquina… 

Bus passengers are required to disembark and take a small boat (22¢ ) to the other side.

 Stretch your legs and discover Copacabana…

The Moorish Copacabana Cathedral (1550 CE) is beautiful and completely unexpected.

Board the Titicaca ferry ($2.94 USD) for a 2.5 hour ride to the island…

Departures from  the Copacabana docks to Isla del Sol are at 08:30 and 13:30.

Arrive and struggle up the seemingly endless steps… then enjoy the view!

If camping is not your thing, the Yumani community has many hostals with impressive views.

Now Start Exploring…

Start/Finish in the south end of the island and spend one or two days hiking the trail loop.

My photos don’t do the scenery justice!

Llamas are everywhere!

Pass through some native farming communities…

At times you may have unexpected local company…

Heartbreaking…

Don’t forget the Andes at dusk!

Setup camp wherever you like and enjoy the sunset!

The key to being comfortable on Isla del Sol is to prepare for both hot and cold conditions. Layer your clothing, stay hydrated, and be sure to wear lots of sunblock. The island has its name for a reason! Isla del Sol surpassed my expectations. I hope it does yours too!

Want to get closer to the Andes mountains? Make Sorata your next stop!

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