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Review of Isla del Sol

Isla del Sol
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Full Day Tour of Sun Island in Copacabana from La...
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Trekked from South to North and stayed in Challapampa. The views are spectacular and its a really great day out.definitely stay over night to get the benefit of it. If you require more amenities than the basics then stay in South of the island but if you like to get away from it all like us definitely stay in the North. You have to pay 5 Bolivianos for entry to the South and 15 for entry to the North so try to have change with you. This money goes back into education of the island kids other facilities for the community.

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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Depending on the boat company you choose and the tour that is offered I believe you can have vastly different experiences of this Island.

The tour we took included: the journey from Copacabana to Isla del Sol, about 2 hours of free time when here, then journey to the Bolivian floating islands, then back to Copacabana. First off, our boat did not give anyone life jackets. Ours was not the only company that did this but we also saw other boats that had it. Our boat was also the slowest of the speedboats as we saw others speed past us, although if you wanted to enjoy the calmness of the lake and the mountain views it was great.

Due to the short amount of time we did not want to take the guided tour to the different ruins as we wanted to explore the coastline a bit and take in the views. The view of the surrounding mountains is quite breathtaking.

Once on the island you will notice it basically caters solely to tourism, and even so, there is not much to do, see, or even eat. We ate at the only visible restaurant and had a sandwich as it did not look too appealing. The public washrooms located near the docks cost money and they are quite dirty.

I would definitely recommend this island as I have heard many great things about it, but only from those who spend at least one night and visit the entire island, whereas we only saw the Northern part.

1  Thank sjaf_xo
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

This is part of the Inka experience. It's a beautiful island, that in many moments remind me of greece, especially because the color of the water. Ancient ruins and local indigenous population in the island make it yet more interesting and unique.

Thank celsocg87
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Yes they will charge you when you get to the island (30 bolivianos in total) so really if you come prepared with an additional $5 US on tour pocket you should be ok..
You can miss the museum. They should be paying you to look at it.
If you're doing a one day trip and walking from Nprth to South, you may not have time to dine at the restaurants. The last ferry leaves at 3.30pm, some companies leave at 4pm.
The walk is a little moderate and you're only tested on the hills. The views are fantastic and donkeys & piglets are the predominant animal in the Isla del sol.
If you want to buy a sandwich, buy it at the beginning of your journey (north island).
The ferry is real slow on the way back and it felt like we were hardly moving.
We tried to purchase a ticket from we're the ferries take off. The guys just didn't seem like they were giving us the correct info, so we just booked with our hotel for 40Bs. We heard that Bolivians over promise and under deliver so we just went with our hotel because they wouldn't want an angry customer coming back to them.

1  Thank Moi C
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

we did not have too much time to spend on isla del sol because our trip was ending, so we only took the half day boat tour from copacabana to isla del sol. The boat leaves at 13h30 and returns around 17h30. It brings you to the south part of the island.

isla del sol is very nice but you need at least a full day to explore it, otherwise it is pretty much pointless.

the only real bad thing about this is when you buy your tickets for boat trip, they don't tell you that upon arrival on the island, a guy is waiting you on the dock and will ask for 5 bolivianos to visit. 5 bolivianos is not even a dollar, I know...but I did not have any money left and they certainly don't take cards, so it would have been nice if someone had told us...I would have gone to the bank and paid if I had known...

unfortunately this seems to be very common in bolivia...you pay for something, then righ in the middle of it someone pops in and asks for money...it's never much, but it sucks not to know from the beginning...

Thank Christian L
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