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Your tour includes 3-star overnight accommodation and four meals. Please note that the lunch and dinner meals provided take place at restaurants carefully chosen by your guide depending on your preferred itinerary. Featuring local Andean cuisine, these three-course meals typically include an appetizer, main course of grilled meat or fish (vegetarian option available upon request), and dessert. You can purchase drinks and other Andean cuisine.
Day 1: La Paz – Lake Titicaca – Copacabana (L, D) Your 2-day Lake Titicaca tour begins early at your hotel in La Paz, where your guide will be waiting for you with a private vehicle. The three-hour drive to Copacabana flies by with the guide’s anecdotes of local Andean culture. Soon, the mesmerizing cobalt-blue Lake Titicaca comes into view.
Lake Titicaca sits on the Altiplano, a high plateau of the Andes. As you cruise along the lake, admire the glacier-capped peaks of the Cordillera Real (Royal Range of the Andes). Stop at lakeside villages, and watch the indigenous Aymara build boats and baskets out of totora reed, a local aquatic plant.
To get to Copacabana, do as the locals do and take a ferry. After lunch at a place recommended by your guide, visit the Basilica of the Virgin and note its Moorish-style domes and blue ceramic tiles. Inside, check out the Dark Virgin of the Lake, believed to have brought about many miracles. Folklore says that if she’s removed from the cathedral, the lake will rise and flood the town. Moral of the story? No touching.
But feel free to handle beautiful wares during a visit to artisan stalls near the waterfront of Lake Titicaca. In the late afternoon, take a short but challenging hike up Cerro Calvario (the Stations of the Cross) for amazing sunset views.
After dinner, sleep well at a charming Andean inn in Copacabana. You may opt to stay in lodging on Sun Island for an additional fee.
Overnight: 3-star Andean inn
Day 2: Copacabana – Sun Island – La Paz (B, L) Rise early this morning, enjoy breakfast at your inn and hike to a vista to watch the sun rise over Lake Titicaca. From there, your guide takes you to a privately chartered motorboat for an hour-long ride to Sun Island.
Sun Island is considered to be the birthplace of the Inca civilization. In Yumani, on the south side of the island, climb the 206 steps constructed by the Incas that lead to the Fountain of Life. Wander through the archaeological ruins of the Incan Pilko Kaina Temple, and observe how locals still use pre-Incan farming methods on the steep agricultural terraces.
If you’re up for it, hike a trail that crosses over the ridge to the north side of the island. Visit the native village of Challapampa and its museum displaying Incan artifacts. Alternatively, you can wend through the Chincana labyrinth of stone.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After Sun Island, your guide takes you back to your hotel in La Paz. As you approach La Paz at dusk, the sun sets over the Altiplano, ending your tour on a perfect note. With advance notice, you can be dropped off in Puno for an additional fee.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned private vehicle
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Please note: for travelers heading to Peru, you can be dropped off in Puno for an additional US$135 per person. Please contact the local operator after booking in order to make the appropriate arrangements
Departs from La Paz hotels
Returns to original departure point or you can be dropped off in Puno (at an additional cost)