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La Paz: Full Day Trip to Copacabana and Isla del Sol

1. La Paz: Full Day Trip to Copacabana and Isla del Sol

At 7 am, depart from La Paz on a full fay tour to Titicaca Lake and visits Copacabana and Yumani as well as Isla del Sol. Enjoy the cobalt blue color of the water and the picturesque perimeter of snow-sprinkled mountains. Around 11:30 am, stop at Tiquina Viewpoint, to get some of the best panoramic views of Lake Titicaca. Then take a ferry to the highest navigable lake in the world. Discover Copacabana, the main Bolivian town on the shore of the lake. Around 13:00 pm explore Isla del Sol, considered by the Incas as the birthplace of their Sun God. Then visit the coast of Yumani on the south side of the island. Once there, marvel at the Sol Pilkokaina temple and the details of Inca architecture. At 15:30 pm go back to Copacabana on a boat to then catch the bus back to La Paz. Arriving around 22:30 pm - 23:00 pm.

From La Paz: Titicaca, Copacabana, and Isla del Sol Day-Trip

2. From La Paz: Titicaca, Copacabana, and Isla del Sol Day-Trip

Depart from La Paz on a fully guided day-trip that sails on Titicaca Lake and visits Copacabana and Yumani as well as Isla del Sol. Enjoy a tasty lunch and discover the famous Inca Steps and the Inca Fountain. Leave La Paz at around 7 am and after approximately 3 hours you will arrive at Tiquina, the narrowest part of the Lake Titicaca. Cross to the other side by boat and continue the trip on a 30-minute bus ride to the town of Copacabana. Once there, have lunch and then head towards the shore to catch a boat to the Isla del Sol, where you will see the Inca steps and the Inca fountain, also known as the youth fountain.  This Inca fountain represents the 3 pillars of the Aymara Culture, Ama Sua, Ama Llulla, and Ama Quella, which mean, you shall not steal, shall not lie, and shall not be lazy. Afterward, visit the town of Yumani and then start heading back to the port to catch the boat back to Copacabana. Once in Copacabana, explore the church, main square, and the crafts market. By 6 PM you will catch the bus back to La Paz, where you should arrive back in the city by 10 PM.

From La Paz: 2-Day Tour to Isla del Sol & Lake Titicaca

3. From La Paz: 2-Day Tour to Isla del Sol & Lake Titicaca

Depart from La Paz on a guided two-day trip that includes a boat journey on Lake Titicaca and visits to Copacabana, Yumani and Isla del Sol, where you will be spending the night. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the cobalt blue lake and snow-sprinkled mountains as you explore the land of the Inca. The tour will depart La Paz early in the morning for Lake Titicaca. Your first stop will be at the Tiquina viewpoint, where you will get some stunning panoramic views of Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at an elevation of 3,812 meters. Next, take a ferry across to Copacabana, the main Bolivian town on the shore of the lake that sits right beside the border with Peru. From here you’ll travel by speedboat to the Isla del Sol, considered by the Incas as the birthplace of their Sun God. In the afternoon, you’ll have time to explore Yumani, on the south coast of the island, and marvel at the Sol Pilko Kaina temple and the details of Inca architecture.  After spending the night on the island, you’ll have the next day free until 15.30, giving you plenty of time to visit the northern side of the island, home to the Golden Museum and the Inca Fountain of Youth. In the afternoon, you’ll take the boat back to Copacabana, where you’ll have time for dinner before catching the bus back to La Paz where you will arrive around 23.00.

From Puno to La Paz: Copacabana and Isla del Sol Boat Tour

4. From Puno to La Paz: Copacabana and Isla del Sol Boat Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Puno for a quick transfer to the city bus station. Travel by Lake Titicaca towards the Bolivian side of the border until your reach Copacabana, admiring stunning shoreline views over quintessential Altiplano landscapes.  You will make a stop for migration procedures, before heading to Copacabana. Start your boat tour to Sun Island, the cradle of the Inca Empire. Once on this legendary island, visit the main highlights accompanied by a tour guide. Afterward, board the boat once more and continue on to Copacabana while enjoying the majestic panorama of Lake Titicaca. Finally, board the local bus and get dropped off in La Paz in the late evening.

2-Day Private Lake Titicaca and Sun Island Tour from La Paz

5. 2-Day Private Lake Titicaca and Sun Island Tour from La Paz

At 7:30 am you'll be picked up at your La Paz hotel and begin the 2-day Lake Titicaca tour, heading out with your private guide and driver. First, you'll head to the community of Copacabana (3-hour drive). Here you'll learn from your professional guide about the local Andean culture of the Quechua and Aymara people. After enjoying a delicious, local lunch, you'll visit the Basilica of the Virgin where you can observe its peculiar domes and blue tiles. In the interior, you'll observe the Dark Virgin of the Lake, which is believed to have caused many miracles. According to local legend, if it is removed from the cathedral, the lake will rise and the city could be flooded. After a relaxing afternoon, you can observe beautiful views of the sunset on the shores of Lake Titicaca. After watching the sunrise over Lake Titicaca it's time to head off to Sun Island. Sun Island is considered the birthplace of the Inca civilization. In Yumani, on the south side of the island, climb the stone steps built by the Incas that lead to the Fountain of Life. Stroll through the archaeological ruins of the Pilko Kaina Inca Temple and observe how the locals still use pre-Inca farming methods on steep agricultural terraces. The tour continues with a visit to the Chincana labyrinth of stone. After lunch, you'll embark on a private boat to return to the town of Copacabana, enjoying wonderful landscapes made by nature to our delight. Here you'll depart by private transfer back to La Paz.

La Paz: 6-Day Private Best-of-Bolivia Tour with Flights

6. La Paz: 6-Day Private Best-of-Bolivia Tour with Flights

Day 1: Your tour begins with pickup from the airport (according to your itinerary of arrival). In the afternoon, your guide will pick you up up to carry out a city tour through the urban city of La Paz. You will visit Plaza Murillo, Palacio Presidencial, and Moon Valley, before taking a cable car ride. At the end of the service, your guide leave you at the Hotel Rosario to enjoy your dinner and rest. Day 2: Following breakfast, you will take a flight to Sucre. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by your guide. Following that, explore the city of Sucre through a walk and visit the colonial streets of Sucre, La Recoleta, Parque Cretacico, and others. Day 3: Your second day will begin as you depart from Sucre in your private vehicle with your guide. From there, venture to Potosi and visit the mines, after which you will go to Uyuni. Following 4 hours of travel, you will spend the night in the Salt Hotel. Day 4: Your tour begins at 10:00AM, as you visit the cemetery of trains, the majestic Salar de Uyuni, and Incahuasi Island. Your tour eventually finishes at the Uyuni Airport from where you will take a flight back to La Paz. Upon arrival, your guide will transfer you to Hotel Gloria where you can rest. Day 5: Your private guide will pick you up at 7:30AM to take you to discover the famous Lake Titicaca, located in Copacabana. Whilst out at this famous lake, you can visit the floating islands: Moon Island and Sun Island. Following the lake, you will return to La Paz in a private vehicle. You will then overnight once more at Hotel Gloria. Day 6: On the final day of the tour, your guide will lead you to Tihuanacu where you will visit the archeological ruins. Whilst at these ruins, which are located about 3 hours from La Paz, you you will learn everything about this remarkable site as you visit the ruins of the Door of the Sun, Puma Punku, and the Monoliths. Upon returning to La Paz, your tour will conclude with drop-off at your place of preference.

From La Paz: Lake Titicaca Tour and Zip Line Experience

7. From La Paz: Lake Titicaca Tour and Zip Line Experience

Enjoy personalized service with pick up from your hotel in La Paz. Together with your guide, make your way to the town of Copacabana, where you can observe high Andean landscapes, flora, and fauna. Upon arrival in the village, you can visit the miraculous Lake Titicaca. Take a private boat to Sun Island, where you can enjoy a fresh local meal, prepared by the local inhabitants of the town. After lunch, take a 20-minute walk with your guide to the source of the spring. Visit the Island of the Moon to see ancient cultural relics and constructions that were witnesses to the great Inca Empire. The locals will be able to surprise you with the handmade crafts and the kindness with which they receive their visitors. Finish the visit to Lake Titicaca and return to Copacabana on your private boat. On the way back to La Paz, stop in the Estrecho de Tiquina, two villages that are separated by the waters of Lake Titicaca. Enjoy crossing the waters of Lake Titicaca by zip-line, a unique experience that you are sure to never forget. End your tour with transfer back to La Paz.

Titicaca Lake: Highlights Tour from La Paz by Bus

8. Titicaca Lake: Highlights Tour from La Paz by Bus

After being collected from your La Paz accommodation, you will be transferred to Copacabana by bus with a small group to make a brief visit to the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Copacabana. From there you will board your group boat and will sail to the Isla del Sol, enjoying a snack on board. On this legendary island, the cradle of the Inca Empire, you will visit the garden, the stairs, and the Inca Fountain. Your itinerary also includes a visit to the Pachamama terraces of Inca agriculture, an artisan center, the Intica refuge, and the largest variety of Andean camelids located in the "Manco Kapac" viewpoint. You will later board the boat again before continuing to sail, enjoying a delicious lunch and the majestic panorama of Lake Titicaca. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be transferred by car back to La Paz.

From La Paz: Lake Titicaca and Copacabana Private Tour

9. From La Paz: Lake Titicaca and Copacabana Private Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel in La Paz, journey to the village of Copacabana with a professional guide and enjoy a small local snack on arrival. Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana, dedicated to the Virgen Morena. Meet regional artisans and learn about their local crafts. Then, make your way to Isla del Sol by private boat, where you will walk through the Inca Grand Staircase to see the Sacred Fountain, said to give eternal happiness. Break for lunch at an archaeological restaurant, and then visit the small handicraft market and ancestral places to discover more about the customs of the locals.

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What people are saying about Isla del Sol, Bolivia

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4.4 / 5

based on 39 reviews

Guide extremely nice and knows his field. But it's a long drive to see a lake. 8h drive + 2h drive on the island + 2h by boat that's 12h of transport without moving. 11km of hike to plan at least to stretch.

This was an amazing day. The guide was good in English and did a good job explaining for us and answering all our questions! We got day full off new memories!

a lot of driving but an amazing and knowledgeable guide and a beautiful experience! Basically had isla del sol to ourselves for a half hour of exploring!

Alvaro explained everything to us very well. What a personable tour guide. We spent a wonderful day. The tour and Alvaro are highly recommended.

I really enjoyed the tour! The tour guide was friendly and really nice to me. Thank you so much!