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Cradle of the Inca Empire

Peru, Bolivia

3 days

Summary

Sun Island, or Isla del Sol, was sacred to the Inca. Because it was here that their Sun God, Inti, was born. And here that the first two Inca, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo (the Adam and Eve of Inca lore), originated.

Located on Lake Titicaca, Sun Island has commanding views of Bolivia’s Royal Andean Range. And at sunrise and sunset, these distant snow-capped peaks are bathed in pink, orange and red hues. A truly inspiring sight! In fact, with white sandy beaches, sparkling water and the terraced hillsides, this may well be one of the most beautiful places in South America. Combine this beauty with incredible history and rich cultural heritage, and it is easy to see why our Travel Specialists love this destination so much!

Your accommodation, the charming Ecolodge la Estancia, overlooks Yumani village. So, although it’s a breathless climb to the top (remember, you are over 3,500m above sea level!) – the views when you get there are incredible.

And what’s more, Sun Island may attract plenty of of day-trippers, but very few travellers stay overnight. So you’ll experience those stunning early mornings and late afternoons in perfect solitude.

Highlights

  • Navigate the highest lake in the world and visit Sun Island, cradle of the Inca creation myth.
  • Visit the famous church and Virgin of Copacabana, the patron saint of Bolivia.
  • Hike across ancient trails from the south to the north of the island.
  • Enjoy the vehicle-free quietude of this beautiful island
  • Stay in the sustainable, community-owned Ecolodge la Estancia

ITINERARY

Day 1 Puno/Sun Island

Depart Puno by road for the Bolivian town of Copacabana. Visit the famous church and Virgin of Copacabana, the patron saint of Bolivia. Take a motor boat to Sun Island, cradle of the Inca creation myth. At Huacani you will have a traditional Aptapi lunch and then continue to Pilkokaina Inca Temple. From here it’s a gentle one hour walk to the Ecolodge la Estancia where you will overnight.

Day 2 Sun Island

Don’t miss a spectacular sunrise over Lake Titicaca this morning. After breakfast, you will hike down through Yumani, visiting the Inca Stairs and the Water of Eternal Youth. From Yumani , travel by boat to the north of the island to visit La Chincana Ruins and the Sacred Rock. A short hike will take you to the pretty village of Challapampa. From here you can either hike or take the boat back to the lodge.

Day 3 Sun Island

Hike back down to Yumani this morning and take the boat to the Island of the Moon to visit the Iñak Uyu Inca Temple. Continue by boat to Copacabana and then by road to La Paz, or return to Puno.

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