Sun and Moon Islands Expedition from Puno

Two Days Tour leaves Puno for Copacabana with visits along the way, overnight on Sun Island, and tour of Moon Island.

Overview

Day 1: Early departure to Copacabana. Along the way stops at the Temple of Fertility, Aramu Muru Doorway, appreciate colonial arts in Juli or Pomata Churches. At Copacabana town have lunch. Land transport to the Copacabana peninsula. A motor boat takes us to the Island of the Sun, visit the Pilcocaina temple, Incan grand stairs, and three fountains of eternal youth. Overnight in a local Hostel with views to the Lake.

Day 2: Early breakfast and trip to the Moon Island. Here visit the temple of the virgins, great views of the Cordillera. Then return to Yumani port, overland transfer to Copacabana, have lunch and back to Puno or La Paz.

This is a journey of a lifetime. It will leave you with a new sense of wonder and some great stories to share.

Depart Puno early in the morning, enjoying spectacular scenery as you drive through a series of interesting villages on the lake southern shore and the Andean plains to Copacabana on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca.

En route, your journey begins with an introductory explanation of Tiwanaku culture, Aymara Kingdoms, Inca arrival and Spaniards invading chronology. Visit firstly the Inca Uyo, located in the historical village of Chucuito, with its elaborate stonework supposedly an Incan “temple of fertility” ever discovered. Once was capital of the Lupacan reign, sons of the Sun, one of the Aymara Kingdoms. The Aymara was their mother language that dates back from before the Incan times, fortunately until nowadays it´s still widely spoken among the natives of this region.

Then, arrive at the Doorway of Aramu Muru, a portal sculpted into the ancient landscapes by a mysterious lost humanity. Time permitting, learn more about local legends while you get closer at the portal and feel the energy that emanates.

Your trip continues on with a visit of the colonial Jesuit heritage of Juli, little Rome of South America, admire its standing Jesuit churches and more.

Then drive to Pomata´s viewpoint, a lovely place to spend some minutes for a picture over the world’s highest navigable lake backed by the snow covered mountains of Bolivia’s Cordillera Real range. This morning also, learn more about the Aymara Culture and their struggle against invading Spaniards on your Dominican Colonial church tour and gain a better understanding of their lives in Pomata village.

Non-stop driving to Kasani borderline, passports must be presented and stamped at the both Peruvian-Bolivian sides of the migration offices. You’ll switch and take other mobility once you´ve made your border crossing. From here, just a 15-minutes driving to Copacabana is needed.

Upon arrival at the bay of Copacabana, visit a local tourist Restaurant, for lunch.

Following that, overland journey to Copacabana peninsula, you will continue for a 35-minutes driving through an amazing landscape on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

At the bay a local expert sailor will take you at the Temple of the Sun or Pilcocaina while you enjoy spectacular sights and you are informed by your guide about the rich history and legacy of the Inca culture. From here hike to the Inca “Grand Stairs” and the Sacred Fountain; drink the water believed to give eternal youth and happiness. This overnight tour is perfect if you´re looking for a mix of history, beauty and mysticism while visiting Lake Titicaca.

Next day keep exploring Lake Titicaca by motor boat navigation from Sun to Moon Island, once there appreciate their natural and cultural wonders visit the Sun Virgins Temple “Iñak Uyu”. The natural beauty of this island is impossible to describe; you simply have to visit them to appreciate it. As one ascends the summits, you gain breathtaking views of the Cordillera. After some hors came back by the same way to Copacabana, upon arrival visit the Main Plaza, local markets and the shrine and the Dark Indian Virgin of Copacabana. Lunch time and return to Puno.