Isla del Sol, Copacabana

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Explore Inca ruins and enjoy phenomenal scenery at Isla del Sol. A highlight of Lake Titicaca, this "Island of the Sun" is dotted with more than 80 ruins across its 70 sq km (27 sq mi) terrain. The rocky island has no roads or cars, so you'll have to hike or catch a boat to get from one side to the other. Whichever method you choose will be worth it, allowing you to discover the fascinating scenery the island has to offer. According to local legend, the sun was born here, and it definitely hasn't gone away yet. Bring water, food, and plenty of sunscreen before you set out on your journey. Also, make sure you carry some cash, as you'll have to pay local people a small toll for passing through their land. Make Isla del Sol part of your personalized Copacabana itinerary using our Copacabana trip planner .
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  • Small message to strongly advise against this agency, "Andes Amazon" located on the main tourist street of Copacabana. We bought a bus ticket, we were given a voucher, we were asked to come back later to pick up the bus ticket. We came back 3 times that evening and the next day there was no one in an open agency. After coming back for the 4th time still no one. So we ask a shop across the street to contact them. After 30min waiting a young person shows up and tells us that the ticket they have for us was for today (i.e. we also bought a ride for that day so not possible) and admits that they cheated. It is then impossible for them to provide us with a real ticket for the next day (as planned). He calls several people without knowing much and tell us what it is. We therefore ask for a refund that we opt for after a very long negotiation. This agency is neither serious nor organized. Flee!! I should point out that we have been travelling in South America for 3 months and have never seen such incappable.
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  • Practical info: The Island of the Sun and the Moon are two islands that can be accessed from Copabana by boat. There are different agencies and companies that make this route, but they all depart at 8:30 and 13:30 from Copacabana port. The boats that leave at 8:30 go to the island of the Sun and the Moon, the ones at 13:30 I think they go only to the Sun. We took the boat with Andes Amazonia (40 Bs) at 8:30 and the route was Copacabana-Isla de la Luna - Isla del Sol - Copacabana. We finish at 4:30 p.m. It is important to note that it is not a tour, it is just a boat that takes you and brings you. Also when you stop on each island gives you a limited time to tour them (1h for Moon Island, 2h for Sun Island). If you haven't come back to the departure time, you're gone without you. It should also be said that the entrance to each island is 10 Bs apart. On the Island of the Moon are the ruins of the virgin temple, a viewpoint with more ruins (which we do not climb), a beach and a small village. It seems that that's where the Incas women were, and sometimes one of the virgins was sacrificed as an offering to the gods (at the sacrificial table on sun island). On the Isla del Sol you can only visit the southern part where are the ruins of the temple of the sun, the Inca Trail, a viewpoint, the Inca staircase and the fountain of youth. The most interesting buildings (including the sacrificial table) are in the northern area, but since 2018 tourists cannot access by a conflict between the northern community and that of the southern part of the island, we didn't know, so we stayed with all the desire and with a half visit. Experience: We were making the peru - Bolivia route and instead of going straight to Peace, we stopped at Copacabana just to see them because we found it interesting to know the place where the Inca civilization was born. However, having been all I can say is that the best they have is the name, since the visit in general is quite disappointing: you spend most of your time on a boat that goes to pedals going from one island to another , and then in each one there is also no great thing to do (with the time they give you you you to spare). To learn a little more about the history we hired a local guide (15 Bs) who only accompanied us through the Isla del Sol, because for moves between local communities he could not pass to the Island of the Moon. He did not speak Spanish well (his mother tongue was aymara) and sometimes it was not well understood what he said, I think that is why the explanations were poor and with little charm. It is true that he was striving to make himself understood but it was noted that he had little experience. The worst thing was that he did the typical of the cutre-tours of taking you to lunch at his cousin's restaurant, which we have no cool about, but since we were caught in time and had not bought food, we had no choice but to eat there. Then he quickly showed us the fountain of youth and the inca ladder and running for the boat. We were told that there are organized tours with pro guide that tell you better the history and legends of the area, but I don't think it makes up for what it's worth for what you see, in the end you only see half of what's actually there. Total, we finally left Copacabana with the feeling of having lost 1 day trip that we could have taken advantage of in Uyuni or to visit something else in Peru. So if you really want to see Inca ruins, it's better Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.
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  • Beautiful place but only 1/4 of the island, namely the Southern part, is accessible to tourists right now due to an ongoing conflict between two communities on the island. You can't walk past a barrier that is protected by a guard. Ridiculous. Most of the ancient sites cannot be enjoyed.
  • The islands are indeed beautiful, but be warned if you’re taking a day tour the boat drifts along at a snails pace. Of our 8 hour tour, almost 5 were spent on the boat with no information provided by the guides or driver. Pack a good book.
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