Isla del Sol Bolivia – Home of the Gods also Known as Island of the Sun
Known for its laidback atmosphere, cleanliness and calmness, Isla del Sol in Bolivia is a famous island located within Lake Titicaca. It holds centuries of history dating way back during the Inca civilization. Motor vehicles are prohibited in the island. The locals go around through walking with farming, fishing and tourism as their means of income.
Also known as Island of the Sun, it was believed that the sun god was born in the island. With approximately 800 families inhabiting the island, the island is generally surrounded with eucalyptus trees, rocks and hills. Yumani and Ch’allapampa are two of largest villages. They are situated southern and northern parts of the island.
How to Get There
If you want to visit the beautiful island of Isla del Sol, the only way to get there is by boat through Copacabana. Tour guided boats are always available. Alternatively you can book them through a tour company. Additionally catch them by going to the pier to catch a ride going to Ch’allapampa. Staying overnight is highly recommended when you travel to the island. That’s because a day tour is not enough for you to truly enjoy and discover the treasures that the island has.
Explore the Gold Museum or Museo de Oro
Once you reach Ch’allapampa, your first itinerary will be to visit the Gold Museum. Or you can visit Museo de Oro. It exhibits Inca treasures found around the island. It also houses ancient pottery, metal objects, vases, incense burners, and other artifacts. You can approach the locals if you wish to enter the museum. It opens only on an as-needed basis.
Visiting Other Sites
Because motorized vehicles are not available in the island, you can go from one place to another by hiking. After you have visited Museo de Oro, you can proceed to other sites of the island. That’s about 45 minutes to an hour walk. You will have plenty of time to explore the other ruins such as the Titi Kharka rock and Chincana ruins.
Shaped like a crouching puma, the Titi Kharka rock or Rock of the Puma was a worshipping site of the first Incas. In front of the rock is the Mesa Ceremonica. That’s where human and animal sacrifices were believed to have been done during the ancient times.
Just near the altar is the Chincana Labyrinth. It looks like building ruins believed to be dwelling place of the first people living on the island.
Another famous attraction is the Inca Steps which is found in the southern part of the island. It will take you all the way down to the harbor. There you can see the Fountain of Youth and the Temple of Pilcocaina.