Isla del Sol attractions

Village in Isla del Sol


Yumani is the main village at the south end of the island. Most boats drop you at the village’s dock, about 200m downhill from the town proper. The small church, Iglesia de San Antonio, serves the southern half of t…
Gardens in Isla del Sol

Escalera del Inca

Just uphill from the ferry dock at the village of Yumani, along the beautifully reconstructed Escalera del Inca (Inca stairway), you’ll pass plenty of terraced gardens, small shops and hotels. It’s a lung-buster tha…
Ruins in Isla del Sol

Pilko Kaina

This prominent ruins complex near the southern tip of the island is about 30 minutes (2km) south by foot from Yumani. It sits well camouflaged against a steep terraced slope. The best-known site is the two-level Pal…
Viewpoint in Isla del Sol

Mirador Palla Khasa

Follow the well-signposted path from Yumani's ridgeline up to this small stone lookout atop Cerro Palla Khasa (4065m) for sweeping sunset views over the lake.
Spring in Isla del Sol

Fuente del Inca

Early Spaniards believed Yumani’s spring was a fountain of youth and for the Incas the three streams represented their national motto: Ama sua, Ama llulla, Ama khella (Don’t steal, don’t lie and don’t be lazy). Up u…
Lighthouse in Isla del Sol


This lighthouse on the tip of Kakayo-Queña Ridge is technically in an area tourists are allowed to visit, though access by land has been cut off by the blockade.
Ruins in Isla del Sol

Chincana Ruins

Isla del Sol's most spectacular ruins lie near 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 (the Labyrinth). Within the lab…
Village in Isla del Sol


This agreeable little village stretches along a magnificent sandy beach that could be straight out of a holiday brochure for the Greek islands. The village is spread out – it extends over the hill to the south. Ther…
Ruins in Isla del Sol

Marka Pampa

At low tide an innocuous-looking column of rock peeps just a few centimeters above Lake Titicaca’s surface, north of Isla del Sol. Most locals dismiss it as a natural stone column, similar to many others along the s…
Ruins in Isla del Sol

Mesa Ceremónica

About 150m southeast of the Chincana ruins is the Mesa Ceremónica. It’s thought to have been the site of human and animal sacrifices and makes for a damned good picnic spot in modern times. East of the table stretch…