Two day extension with an overnight on Sun Island. Explore Lake Titicaca, a geographic landmark at the crossroads of the Andes and the Andean plateau and the world's highest navigable and South America's largest lake. Tour the Incan ruins on the islands and climb the 200 stairs of Yumani.
Day 1 : Sun Island on Lake Titicaca Day 2 : Copacabana
Visit Pikokaina Palace, the Inca's fountain and the 200 stairs of Yumani
Hike to Chinkana (Labyrinth), a sacred Inca temple
Early this morning, transfer by private vehicle with your guide to Copacabana. From here, we board a boat and head toward Sun Island (1 hour ride). You will have an hour walk from the dock on Sun Island to the Estancia EcoLodge, our home for the evening. Sun Island is worshiped as the birthplace of Manco Kápac and Mama Ocllo, the first founders of the Inca empire. With your guide, tour the Pilkokaina Palace, the Inca’s Fountain, and the 200 stairs of Yumani. You will have a traditional atapi lunch (a picnic with local dishes).
In the afternoon, hike to Challapampa on the north part of the island to see Chinkana (Labyrinth), a sacred Inca temple and visit the community. Return to La Estancia for dinner and to enjoy the sunset on Lake Titicaca.
Day 2 Copacabana
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Return by boat to Copacabana. Visit this picturesque town situated between two mountains on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Explore the Inca sites outside of the city as well as the cathedral with its dark Virgin of Candelaria statue and museum of European and local religious art. Travelers interested in a workout can climb El Calvario and enjoy a spectacular view of Lake Titicaca and Copacabana.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.