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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 a centerpiece of your Copacabana vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Copacabana vacation route planner.
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  • Boat is a good hour's drive from Copacabana to the sunny island, where according to the legend of the first Incas should have been born. The ruins of his birthplace is in the South, the ruins of significant others in the North of the island. We stayed on the island, which was very nice. If we hadn't come as day-trippers on the island, so we would be in the North probably driven and migrated across the hilly island in the South, where we have taken the boat back.
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  • Allocate at least five days, spend the money to stay near lake side so you can climb the trails with little on your back or in you hands. There are many kind people along the trails tying to make a bu...  more »
  • The ferry across to the island is somewhat torturous. Expect a 2hr trip on the slowest boat imaginable and a cabin full of exhaust fumes (sit near the front if you can to avoid this). Once on the isla...  more »