Welcome to Isla del Sol


The large 70 sq km island definitely merits a night or two – you can then devote a day each to the northern and southern ends. While you can do a walking circuit of the main sights in a long day, whirlwind half-day tours are strictly for the been-there-done-that crowd.

The island’s permanent residents – a mix of indigenous peoples and recent émigrés/escapers – are distributed between the main settlements of Cha’llapampa, near the island’s northern end; Cha’lla, which backs onto a lovely sandy beach on the central east coast; and Yumani, which straddles the ridge above the Escalera del Inca in the south and is the biggest town on the island.

There are no vehicles on Isla del Sol, so visitors are limited to hiking along rocky trails (some are now paved in Inca style) or traveling by boat. The main ports are at Pilko Kaina, the Escalera del Inca in Yumani and near the Templo del Inca and Chincana ruins at Cha’llapampa (near the docks you can spot the endangered flightless Titicaca grebe and the Andean coot, among other avian species). There’s also a small port at Japapi on the southwest coast.

Extensive networks of walking tracks make exploration fairly easy, though the altitude and sun may take their toll: carry lunch and ample water. The sun was born here and is still going strong; a good sunscreen is essential, particularly by the water.


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$298.99 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Lake Titicaca and Sun Island Catamaran Cruise from Puno

Depart from your Puno hotel and cross the border into Copacabana, Bolivia. Take a brief sightseeing visit of Copacabana's main square before heading towards the marina. Board the impressive catamaran, specifically built for your enjoyment, and depart on your relaxing cruise. Some of the amenities include an outdoor deck, a fully stocked bar, panoramic windows and a TV lounge. Lake Titicaca is the world's highest navigable lake and stands at an impressive 12,500 feet (3,800 meters) above sea level. According to legend, it was on this lake that the Sun God commanded his children, Mama Ocllo and Manco Cápac, to birth the Inca civilization. Cruise across Lake Titicaca and dock at Sun Island (Isla del Sol) to explore its pre-Columbian remains. The Inti Wata complex boasts a fascinating underground museum site, agricultural terraces, Inca remains and various indigenous species of flora and fauna. Enjoy free time on Sun Island to explore the area's high-plateau plants, llamas, alpacas and guanacos. On your way back to Copacabana, enjoy a delicious lunch aboard the catamaran before being transported back to your Puno hotel.

$73 Cultural & Theme Tours

Overnight Amantani Island Homestay Experience from Puno

Day 1: Depart Puno for the Uros Floating Islands & Amantani Homestay (L/D) You will be picked up from your hostel between 7:00-8:00am and transferred to the port of Puno, where you will meet your guide and board the motor boat. The first stop will be the Uros Floating Islands, where you will spend about one and a half hour. There are more than 50 floating islands and you will visit two of them. On the first floating island, your guide will explain to you about the people who live on the floating islands. Then you will have some free time to walk around, visit the small huts made from reeds, take some pictures and buy a souvenir to support the people of these islands if you wish. After this visit you will continue on with a 3-hour boat ride to Amantani Island where you will spend the night with a local family. You will be met by the families at the dock and then taken to their houses to enjoy a delicious lunch with them.  In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to go on an optional hike up to the highest point of this community which is located at about 4150m (13600 feet) to enjoy the sunset. There you can admire awe-inspiring views of Lake Titicaca, the Cordillera Real mountain range and the Isla del Sol on the Bolivian side of the lake in the distance. In the evening, after the dinner, the families will organize a local party for you and provide you the traditional dress to enjoy the party (optional). Take plenty of pictures of this crazy mix of locals and foreigners all decked-out laughing and dancing together. Day 2: Taquile Island & Return to Puno (B) The next day you will have an early breakfast before saying goodbye to your family and heading over to the neighbouring Taquile Island (1-hour boat ride). The people who live on this island are very famous because they are considered “the best weavers of Peru”. There, you will go on a beautiful hike to enjoy the views of the lake. During this hike you will stop to visit the town square of Taquile and visit the handicraft shops to see the typical weaving. The square is also the highest point of the hike (3950m or 12960 feet). You will finish the hike going to the second port of the island, where you will take the motor boat back to Puno, finishing the tour at 3:30pm approximately.  

$189 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Lake Titicaca and Sun Island Adventure

Day 1: La Paz - Copacabana - Sun Island (Isla del Sol) (L)The adventure begins with a 7am pickup at your La Paz hotel or hostel, where you'll board a bus for a shared transfer to the town of Copacabana. Arrive around noon in time for a traditional Bolivian lunch, and a short visit of the church and main plaza before cruising to Isla del Sol. After the ferry ride across tLake Titicaca, you'll hike to the top of the island on a journey up the Escalinatas de Yumundi—a traditional Inca stairway that seemingly climbs all the way to the sky. Pass by the fountain of eternal youth to sip on fresh water from the natural spring that comes right out of the mountain. As you walk along the top of the island, you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the shimmering lake and shoreline below, as well as the snowcapped Bolivian Andes that rise from the distant horizon. Finish the day with dinner (which is at your own expense), before enjoying a peaceful, restful night's sleep on the quiet Bolivian island. Day 2: Isla del Sol - Copacabana - La Paz (B/L)After enjoying breakfast with a view, depart for a 2-hour, guided walk to reach Pilkokaina Temple, before boarding the boat back to Copacabana for lunch is the bustling port town. With one final glance at Lake Titicaca you'll then board the bus for La Paz, where you'll arrive at close to 5:30pm and bring the adventure to a close. For travelers heading into Peru, you can also arrange for a bus that takes you to the Peruvian town of Puno.

$120 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour to Copacabana and Sun Island from La Paz

We pick you up by private vehicle from your hotel in La Paz. You will be driven with a professional guide to Copacabana, enjoying natural landscapes.Arrive at Copacabana cute village for a small local snack. We tour and visit the sanctuary and the Virgen Morena. You will have the chance to meet small regional artisans and learn about some local culture.Then we will make our way to the Isla del Sol on a private boat with a local guide. We will walk through the "Inca Grand Staircase" and also see the Sacred Fountain, whose groundwater, it's said, would give youth and eternal happiness! After this we will have lunch at the local archaeological restaurant and then visit the small handicraft market and ancestral places to learn about the customs that still remain from the ancestors.On our return enjoy the scenery of the lake and painting the colors of nature at sunset.Overland trip to your hotel in La Paz.

$1500 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4 Days Bolivia Private Luxury Tour with English Guide from La Paz Bolivia

1st Day:CHECK IN BOLIVIA - LA PAZ CITY TOUR (L,)-Pick up from the airport (according to itinerary of arrival), transfer to Hotel of 3 stars in La Paz, HOTEL ROSARIO-14:00 p.m. Pick up in private mobility and your  English-speaking guide from your Hotel to carry out City Tour, through the urban city of La Paz, we will visit the MURILLO PLAZA, PRESIDENTIAL PALACE, CHURCH OF SAN FRANCISCO, and the main streets borne and visited by the city, we continue visiting Moon Valley, and we will experience the cable car ride. At the end of the service, we leave you at your Hotel to enjoy your rest at HOTEL ROSARIO, LA PAZ.2nd Day:LA PAZ - COPACABANA - UYUNI (B,L,D)-Pick up from the Hotel at 8:00 a.m, we head to Copacabana, to visit Lake Titicaca, in private boat and we also experience a visit in Botes de Totora, we will know the Aymara culture that predominates in this place, knowing the customs and experiences of all the local people. We went to visit the Isla del Sol, Isla de la Luna. -14:00 p.m. After our local lunch, we head back to the city of La Paz, after a 3-hour drive, to the international airport of El Alto and board the flight to Uyuni.-20:00 p.m. Arrival to the city of Uyuni, where we will be waiting for our private mobility to move us to the Salt Hotel LUNA SALADA, located on the shores of the Salar de Uyuni.3rd Day:UYUNI - SALAR DE UYUNI - LA PAZ (B,L,)-9:00 am. We pick you up from your Hotel in your private mobility to visit the train cemetery, where you can see ancient and old trains in ruins as the first locomotives that arrived in Bolivia, continue  to the Town of Colchani and visit the manual processes of Salt , prepared by the community of the place, we enter the Uyuni Salt Flats,  continue the journey until arriving at Incahuasi Island, where we will observe giant cactus and spectacular landscapes, and where we will enjoy a delicious lunch.We head  to the Tunupa Volcano to see flamingoes, and enjoy the view of the Tunupa Volcano from the shores of the  Uyuni Salt Flats.We return to Uyuni to enjoy the sunset with reflections and accompanied by special toasts for this unique and wonderful occasion.In our private drive we headed to the International Airport of Uyuni to board our flight back to La Paz.- 20:30 pm Arrival to La Paz and private transfer to Hotel of 3 stars, overnight at HOTEL GLORIA, LA PAZ BOLIVIA.4th Day:TIWANAKU - CHECK OUT BOLIVIA (B,L)-8:00 am We pick you up from your Hotel in your Private Mobility to direct us to visit the ruins of Tihuanaku in La Paz. we will know the gate of the Sun, Puma Punku and the museums that are in this archaeological site.-11:00 am We return to La Paz, to drive to the international airport of El Alto and leave it to board your flight back according to itinerary.-14:00 pm End of service

$199 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Amantani Homestay Including Kayak Experience

Please note: there is a mandatory pre-departure orientation the day before your tour begins.  Day 1: Kayak from Puno to the Uros Floating Islands & Amantani Homestay (L-D)You will be picked up from your hotel between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and transferred to the shores of Lake Titicaca. Meet your kayaking guide, who will give you a safety briefing and basic paddling instructions. During the kayak ride in the Titicaca National Reserve, keep an eye out for wildlife on the lake. After paddling for about one hour, arrive at the Uros floating islands, where you can spend about 1.5 hours to exploring this man-made floating reed village. There are more than 50 floating islands, handmade from local reeds, and you will have the chance to visit two of them. On the first floating island, your guide will explain to you about the people who live there the history and culture of the Uros people. Then you will have some free time to walk around, visit the small huts made from reeds, take some pictures and buy a souvenir to support the people of these islands if you wish.Depart on a 3-hour boat ride to Amantani Island, where you will spend the night with a local family. You will be met by the families at the dock and then taken to their houses to enjoy a delicious lunch with them. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to go on an optional hike up to the highest point of this community which is located at about 13,600 feet  (4,150 m) to enjoy the sunset. There you can admire awe-inspiring views of Lake Titicaca, the Cordillera Real mountain range and the Isla del Sol on the Bolivian side of the lake in the distance. In the evening, after having dinner, the village families will organize a local party for you and dress you up in traditional clothing to enjoy the party and learn how to dance as locals do (optional). Take plenty of pictures of this mix of locals and foreigners all decked-out laughing and dancing together.Day 2: Taquile Island and Return to Puno (B)Start the day with an early breakfast before saying goodbye to your family and heading over to the neighboring Taquile Island via a 1-hour boat ride. The people who live here are considered they are considered the best weavers of Peru. Take a hike to enjoy the views of the lake, stopping to visit the town square of Taquile and visit the handicraft shops to see the typical weaving. After enjoying some free time around the square, you will enjoy a typical lunch (own expense). Finish your hike at the second port of the island, where you will take the motorboat back to Puno where your tour will come to an end at around 3:30 p.m.