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Isla de la Luna

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Isla de la Luna is a tiny island in Lake Titicaca, Bolivia. It is known for its mythological significance to the Incas, and it is home to the ruins of the Temple of the Virgins. It is inhabited on the Western side by a small village of about 80 people (including children). The locals are friendly, the atmosphere tranquil and quiet, and the island is without electricity. Admission fee is Bs10.

Get in[edit]

  • On an excursion from Copacabana. Boats going to the south of the Isla del Sol may continue to the Isla de la Luna, if there are enough clients. This should cost Bs30 each way.
  • By renting a boat in Yumani, on the nearby Isla del Sol.

UPDATE June 2013. There are two companies that run boats from the harbour in Copacabana to Isla del Sol. One goes to the southern part (Yumani) (1.30 hours) and the other to the northern part (Challapampa) (2 hrs). Both leave Copacabana at 8.30 am and 1.30 pm. The morning boat to Yumani might continue to Isla de la Luna, if there are enough passengers, spend 1.5 hours there and then bring the passengers to Yumani (30 bs for the whole trip). Make sure you remind the boatman a few times that you will have 1.5 hours on Isla de la Luna, because he might drive slower (to save fuel) and then allow you only 40 minutes at the island, which is not enough.

From Yampupata local boatmen can take you across to Isla del Sol for 20 bs per person in a rowboat or for 150-200 bs per group of up to 7-8 people in a motorboat. A stop at Isla de la Luna can be negotiated.

Get around[edit]

  • You can walk the entire island in about an hour. Boats arrive on the port on the eastern side of the island. The northern part is mostly shrubs and grass grazed by llamas and sheep, while the western side holds the village, boats, and trout cages, and the southern side contains an isolated beach.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The ruins of the Temple of the Virgins of a Sun, resembling an amphitheater.
  • The incredible view of the snow-capped mountains to the East.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Speak with the friendly locals
  • Ask for a tour of one of the trout cages (take a rowboat about 10 meters offshore and see the operation of one of the local fishermen)

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Artisanal products made by the local women
  • Fresh trout from the fishermen

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • There is a small snack bar.
  • There are several restaurants offering trout

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • There are several hostals, one on the eastern (port) side of the island, and several others in the town (they are not clearly marked, asked around)


Get out[edit]

  • With the same tour operator you arrived with. If you plan to stay for multiple days, be sure to arrange you return trip in advance with the captain or tour company, as otherwise you will be charged an exorbitant return price. Also, note that boats do not visit the island every day, so try to schedule your exit on a Saturday if possible.
  • By hiring a local to take you privately to Isla del Sol (about Bs150 or more).

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