Picture Perfect Isla del Sol in Bolivia

I remember first hearing the name „Titicaca“ in primary school and I loved the sound of it so much that I never forgot it.

 

Visiting Lake Titicaca was on my bucket list since a long time.

 

Back then, the only thing I knew about it was that it was the highest lake in the world. Much to my disappointment I learned later, that it was the highest ‘navigable’ lake in the world and that there are at least dozens of other bodies of water that are located higher than the one I am writing about today, but if you ever want to take a ride on a large vessel on the lake, this is as high as you can do it. Pretty cool, right?

The Haven in the northern part of the Island. The hike starts here.
The Haven in the northern part of the Island. The hike starts here.
The locals playing football on a paved football pitch
The locals playing football on a paved football pitch
Not a bad place for camping huh?
Not a bad place for camping huh?

Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun) the rocky island that is located in the southern part of the Titicaca Lake is my main topic for today.

 

It is only inhabited by around few hundred people and when you go there you won’t see any paved roads. If there are no roads then you won’t see cars either!

 

What you will see though are stunning 360 degrees views of the lake, inca ruins, small villages and eucalyptus forests. All that within a few hour trek from the northern to the southern part of the island. 

One of my favorite shots from the Island
One of my favorite shots from the Island
Donkeys. Important farm animals for the communities on the island
Donkeys. Important farm animals for the communities on the island
Talk about a view from your house!
Talk about a view from your house!
Would you have guessed this is in Bolivia?
Would you have guessed this is in Bolivia?
Inca ruins
Inca ruins
Inca ruins
Inca ruins
How about some lunch in that spot?
How about some lunch in that spot?
The hiking path from the north to the south part of the island
The hiking path from the north to the south part of the island

Trekking at this altitude (almost 4000 m a.s.l.) might be a bit challenging but I guarantee you won’t regret it for a minute! 

some random hut
some random hut
Checkpoint. As far as I remember there were 3 checkpoints in the island. Each time you had to pay a small fee to cross further.
Checkpoint. As far as I remember there were 3 checkpoints in the island. Each time you had to pay a small fee to cross further.
He loved having his pictures taken!
He loved having his pictures taken!
More ruins
More ruins
and more donkeys
and more donkeys
these houses have quiet a view
these houses have quiet a view

Have you been to Isla del Sol or Lake Titicaca yet? Is it on your bucket list? 


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I am Marta Kulesza - the photographer and creator of www.inafarawayland.comI come from Poland, but I've been living, travelling and working around the globe since I turned 18. A few years ago, during one of my trips to Scotland, I bought my first DSLR and my adventure with photography began. When I am not stuck to my computer editing photos, you can find me somewhere in the mountains. 

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