Between Peru and Bolivia there is one of the most beautiful and amazing natural frontiers in the world: the Titicaca, a great mass of water of 56,000 km², which is also the largest navigable lake in the world.
Although the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca has us totally in love, today we want to talk about the territory of our neighboring country, Bolivia. If you travel to Puno and want to visit the lake, you can cross the border and see it from the other side. Do you want to know more about what to visit in the Bolivian side of the lake and how to get there? Here we tell you everything!
What to visit in the Bolivian part of Lake Titicaca?
Among the large number of islands that make up in the Bolivian Lake Titicaca, Isla del Sol (Sun Island) stands out. It is a place with a lot of history, as the mythology says that Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo came from here to later arrive in Cusco to found the great Inca Empire.
During the Tahuantinsuyo, this island was a temple with virgins dedicated to Inti (the Sun God). The Inca footprint is reflected in several parts of the island: from the agricultural platforms, which are still preserved, to the impressive archaeological sites such as Puma Rock, the Pilcocaina temple or the Submerged City.
In addition, the island is the perfect destination for trekking lover, as it has incredible corners to enjoy hiking, nature and, of course, unimaginable views.
And there is something in which all the tourists who visit the island agree: the sunsets in this place are the most beautiful spectacles that nature offers us. So, if you have time, do not hesitate and spend a night on this island!
If you want to explore the Lake Titicaca beyond the Sun Island, visit the Moon Island (Isla de la Luna). It is a much less touristy place but with a lot of charm. Here you can see how the daily life of the original communities of Lake Titicaca is and you can share a great experience with them.
How to get to the Sun and Moon Islands from Puno?
If you are in Puno and want to visit the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca, you can do it very easy! You just have to travel to Copacabana, on a bus trip that lasts about three hours. Once in Copacabana, go to the port and take a boat for the island you want to visit.
Also, if you have time, we recommend you to go for a walk around Copacabana. Visit its market, try its delicious cuisine and have a beer overlooking the highest navigable lake in the world. It is a small village but you will love it!
Both the Peruvian and the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca have beautiful places with a lot of history to learn. Visit the two sides and tell us which one is your favorite! We wait for you in our Hotel Tierra Vivo Puno Plaza, so you can rest and continue with the adventure.