Day 12 – Isla del Sol

For day tours to Isla del Sol, it’s advisable to book tickets at least a day in advance with one of many tour operators on Ave 6 de Agosto. The rates may vary a little bit but usually is around Bs 35 per person for a round trip and Bs 25 for one way (to Isla del Sol).

The tour starts at 8:30am and I was at the operator’s office at 8:15am after a good breakfast at the hotel. You are asked to assemble at their office from where someone will escort you to the tour boat docked at the Copacabana beach.

 

DOING THE ISLA DEL SOL TOUR?
Lake Titicaca (Pic: Boliviahop)Then Bolivia Hop is the safest and easiest way to get there and allows you to see the unique hidden gems of Bolivia along the way…HIGHLY recommended!

 

There are many operators on the main street, and most of them charge the same price for day trips to Isla del Sol. But shop around for the difference of maybe Bs 5 in price between the operators.

Two main companies offer transportation to/from Isla del Sol. Additionally, community boats service Yumanj (Mallku and Sol Tours) and Cha’llapampa (Chasqui Tours, Wara Tours and Wiracocha Tours). Launches embark from Copacabana Beach around 8:30am and 1:30pm; and depending on the season and company they may drop you at either the north or south of the island.

Snacks and drinks (incl alcohol) are provided on the boats at a cost, which you have to pay at the end of your trip. For example, small water bottle costs Bs 4, while a beer can costs Bs 15.

 

The Best things to do in Isla del Sol
If you’re looking for the best things to do in Puno Copacabana or La Paz we can strongly recommend Find Local Trips.

 

Most full-day trips go directly north to Cha’llapampa and takes just over 2 hours to reach. Boats anchor for 1.5-2 hours which gives you enough time to hike up to the Chincana ruins and return again to catch the boat at 1pm to the Escalera del Inca and Pilko Kaina in the island’s south. The hike up to Chincana ruins is very leveled and not steep at all. The views from up at the ruins are fabulous!

The island’s most spectacular ruins complex, the Chincana Ruins (Bs 10; pay before the start of hike) lies at the island’s northern tip. Its main feature is the Palacio del Inca, a maze of stone walls and tiny doorways, also known as El Laberinto or by its Aymara name, Inkanakan Utapa.

Just 150m away (before you reach the ruins) is the Mesa Ceremonica (Ceremonial Table) that was a site of human and animal sacrifice. And east of the table lies the large rock know as Titicaca or Titi Khar’ka or Rock of the Puma.

 

From the north end of the island you have two options –

  • Hike back to the boat that leaves at 1pm for to the Escalera del Inca and Pilko Kaina in the island’s south.
  • Hike the length of the island to the south reaching the same point where the boat is.

For either options, it takes 2 hours to reach the south side of the island where the boat will halt for 1 hour before leaving for Copacabana.

 

Alternatively, you can stay overnight or longer on the island, in which case you must buy a one-way ticket before you start.

By the time we reached Copacabana beach, it was past 6pm so I relaxed at the hotel. A long nap later, walked around the town for a night view of the beach and cathedral.

 

Costs

Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate and based on the exchange rate at the time of publishing. Each cost is for one adult. The exchange rate at the time of publishing is assumed to be USD 1= BOB 6.90.
 

What Cost Notes
Isla del Sol Tour Bs 35 or $5.07 Per person, Full day trip, Return ticket.
Chincana Ruins Bs 10 or $1.45 Entrance fee only. No camera (extra)
Snacks & water Bs 43 or $6.23 Incl sandwich on the boat
Toilets Bs 4 or $0.58
Total Costs $13.33 Per person
Overall Costs $1,869.25 Per person

 

« PREVIOUS – Day 11

Copacabana, Lake Titicaca

Small coastal town at Lake Titicaca.

Day 12

Isla del Sol

Boat trip to island of sun in Lake Titicaca.

« Thirteen days in Bolivia

Day 13 – NEXT »

Copacabana to La Paz

Travel from Copacabana to La Paz and fly out.

 

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!