Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca
Legend has it that this is the birthplace of the sun and the very first Incas.
Hikes and Inca ruins
Comfortable shoes are a must!
There are no motorised vehicles on Isla del Sol, so be sure to pack your walking boots or comfortable trainers. Two main paths link the north and south of the islands. Willa Thaki, also known as the Sacred Route of the Eternal sun, runs along the backbone of the island from Yumani to the Incan Chincana ruins (see image of ceremonial stone table). From this vantage point you'll get superb coastal views on both sides. The other trail runs along the east coast passing through Cha'llapampa and many other small settlements.
The hiking is not difficult though there are rocks and hills involved. You’re looking at around 3-4 hours from north to south, depending on stops you might make along the way as you come across areas you might like to explore in-depth. Take your time, stop and enjoy the panoramic views of the lake with Cordillera Real’s snow-capped peaks in the distance. Isla del Sol is around 3,500 metres above sea level so altitude may play a part in the speed at which you complete the hike.
How to do it
To get to Isla del Sol, you must cross the shimmering waters of Lake Titicaca, several tour companies offer the boat transfers and it takes about an hour and a half to cross to Yumani, continue for another thirty minutes and you’ll reach Cha’llapampa in the north.