Isla del Sol, Bolivia
16-18 May 2013
ISLA del SOL
It is about one and a half hour boat trip from Copacabana. Titicaca is the greatest lake in South America. It is called the highest navigable lake in the world, with a surface elevation nearly 4000 m.
The origin of the name Titicaca is unknown. It has been translated as
“Rock Puma”, as local communities have traditionally interpreted the
shape of the lake to be that of a puma hunting a rabbit. “Titicaca” combines words from the local languages Quechua and Aymara.
I started my visit from the North part of the island where the INCA and Pre-Inca time ruins took place.
I prefered to stay one night. But if you are in hurry to see a lot in a short time it is possible to come Isla del Sol in the morning. Anyway it is better to come 08:30 boat but also you will have another chance to come by 13:30 boat as well.
There are numerous Hostel’s on the Island.
Keep in mind that Isla del Sol in the andes region and it is cold by night even in the summer.
Anyway most probably your next step will be Puno and Cusco. Or you will be coming from there where the climate is more or less the same.
There are settlements both in North and South of the Island (Isla del Sol). I stayed one night in North, one night in South. You can walk approximately in 3 hours with a slow pace from North to South. I perefer boat, but my brother Iosu (from el pais Basco) preferred walking.
As you can understand I am together with Iosu Irıgoien with my “hermano, primo, amigo” with stages of our progressing times around here. And hopefully we will be travelling together to Peru (Puno, Cusco and hopefully Machu Picchu).
The boat trip back Copacabana was a little bit dangerous, because of more than 35 passengers with our luggages on board in a comperatively very small boat.
HINT: I left my luggages at Copacabana in my Hotel. I just took my very small backpack for two days travel to Isla del Sol. I strongly recommend not to carry a lot during this trip (and during all your travels).
Anyway, Isla del Sol was very nice with our time here.
Do not forget you are travelling around average 4000 m. still forcing your physical performance.
There is not much left to Machu Picchu. 🙂