La Isla del Sol AKA the Island of the Sun rests peacefully on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. After touring the floating islands of the Uros from Puno, Peru, I took a uneventful 4-hour bus ride across the Bolivian border and into Copacabana, Bolivia.
Copacabana is a nice little lakefront village that is both traditional and accommodating to the passing Lake Titicaca tourists.
I chose the first waterfront hotel (Hotel Mirador) I saw getting off the bus and for 70 bolivianos ($10 US) it proved to be a pretty decent choice for the night.
I guess it worked out better than expected because I ended up oversleeping the departure time for the full-day boat tour around La Isla del Sol. I wasn’t too disappointed because it was raining when I woke up. So I got to trade in the early morning storm for the sweet sounds of rain hitting the hotel’s tin roof from bed as I watched all the go-getters ship out from my window. Not wanting to spend another night in Copacabana, I finally pulled myself out of bed and settled on a half-day tour of just the south side of the island.
The island was peaceful and the views of Lake Titicaca were spectacular. There were some ruins along the higher points of La Isla del Sol but after Machu Picchu, I just couldn’t get myself excited about them.
Overall, Lake Titicaca, the highest lake in the world with the coolest name in the world, is as stunning as it is big. The islands on Lake Titicaca are home to a variety of traditional communities that make you appreciate the natural beauty of this world.
From the highest points of La Isla del Sol you could capture an incredible view of the low-hanging clouds reflecting off the freezing sharp blue water. Terrace farming tracks lined the hilltops and traditionally dressed locals cruised along the steep pebbled paths with their daily goods.
A 5-hour boat tour was just the right amount of time and as soon as we dropped anchor in Copacabana, I was off to catch a bus to Sucre!