Island of the Sun, Copacabana Bolivia

Also known as Titicaca Island is a Bolivian island belonging to the municipality of Copacabana, in the province of Manco Kapac in the department of La Paz. The island has a length of 9.6 kilometers by 4.6 kilometers in width, with an area of 14.3 square kilometers.

 Island of the Sun, Copacabana Bolivia

This beautiful island is located in the middle of Lake Titicaca, and a way to access it is by boat from the city of Copacabana in our sister country Bolivia. Copacabana is located only two hours from the city of Puno in Peru, being the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca the floating islands of the Uros, It is also entered from Peru by boat. Isla del Sol is 3925 meters above sea level.

Fun facts

  • Lake Titicaca is one of the highest lakes in the world that is more than 3800 meters and is navigable.
  • Over 25 rivers flow into Lake Titicaca
  • 56% of the Lake Titicaca area belongs to the country of Peru and 44% belongs to Bolivia.
  • Some legends tell that it was on the island of Sol where the god Inti created his sons Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo, who were the ones who founded the city of Cusco.
  • The typical dish of the island is the trout in its different forms of presentation such as baked, timpu, fried, etc.
  • If you travel alone, in the ports you will find local guides that can help make your visit unforgettable.
  •  Island of the Sun, Copacabana Bolivia
  • There is a Gold Museum of the Submerged City, sacred places and archaeological sites that you must visit upon your arrival to the island, for the entrance you must pay an entrance fee that is a contribution to the original community of the place.
  • The population of the island are indigenous Quechua and Aymara who are engaged in agriculture, tourism, crafts and raising camelids, the inhabitants speak the Spanish language, Aymara and Quechua respectively.
  • The main archaeological sites you can visit within the island are: Challa, Ch'ucsuqullu, puma rock (which is also known as the rock of the origins), the Pilcocaina temple, the steps of the Inca, Chincana or labyrinth and finally you can see the submerged city.
  • The island is crossed by paths that travel from North to South, where activities such as hiking, observation, photography and some rituals take place.
  • If you want to visit Isla del Sol, it is recommended to stay overnight on the island so you can enjoy the different places and attractions offered by this wonderful place. The island has two piers known as southern port and northern port, domestic and foreign tourists who visit this island begin the tour of the northern port Challapampa to walk south in Yumani, then take a boat back to Copacabana.

     Island of the Sun, Copacabana Bolivia

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