Boating on Lake Titicaca & Visiting Isla del Sol


We have safely arrived in Bolivia. After paying a hefty entrance/visa fee, we arrived at the waterfront town of Copacabana. It is a cute little beach town full of hippies, boats and fresh fish. Bolivia is significantly cheaper than the rest of South America, so we booked a lake view room for $12 a night! We got to watch the sunset from our beds, who could ask for more.

The next day, we took a boat trip out to Isla del Sol, one of the most famous islands on Lake Titicaca. This lake is the highest in the world at almost 13,000 feet above sea level and is also the biggest in South America. It has islands spattered throughout and you can rent boats or get a ride to check out the islands. Isla del Sol is a bit far from the city, and it took us about 2 hours by boat to get there. And this isn’t some speedy boat; we were going about 8mph, no joke.


Once we arrived we met up with a tour guide and took a 2 hour hike on the island. The island doesn’t have any cars and houses about 2000 indigenous people year round. The views from the island were absolutely stunning. Lake Titicaca is surrounded by mountains, some of which have glaciers and snow cover year round. The water was also calm and crystal clear. From the top of the hills, you could see to the bottom of the lake, even about 50 feet out. We got a clear, sunny day which only added to the experience.

On the island, there are some ruins from Tiwanaku people as well as Inca ruins that we toured. In recent years, they have even found a city submerged underneath the lake. Overall, we had a wonderful day exploring the lake and islands, and walked about without any sunburn!

Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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