DAY 01 PUNO / SUN ISLAND
You will picked up from your hotel at 6:30 a.m. Land transfer to Copacabana Sanctuary. You will arrive into Copacabana after about 3 hours. Copacabana is the most important religious sanctuary of Bolivia. Thousands of pilgrims visit the virgin of Copacabana every year. It is also known as the Native Madonna. Later, you will visit the main square and the impressive Cathedral (1/2 hour tour). You will arrive to the Sun Island after about an hour of a spectacular catamaran cruise. This island has been identified as the birthplace of several revered entities , including the sun itself. A source of magnetic energy , the vertex of the earth, the cradle of the Incan Empire , and the Incan couple Manco Kapac and Mama Ocllo appeared here and founded the Sun Empire. For the following hour and a half, you will take the Sun Island Tour (South side) where you will visit :
-The Inca Garden: The island micro climate provides the ideal location for this garden that during Inca times was full of Andean flowers, water and trees. It was the Inca retreat.
-The Inca Stairs: The Inca Steps were built by the Incas in order to reach the Inca Water spring.
-The Inca water spring: A natural water spring with 3 different openings of different tastes. This water fountain was constructed by the Incas and is supposed to be a source of eternal youth.
-The Sun Island Inti Wata Complex: This contains the largest amount of archaeological items founded in the island and the largest demo variety of Andean flora and fauna available in Bolivia. Sun Island North side Land Tour (2 hours):
-Challapampa native village and Museum: The most isolated and unspoiled village in the Lake and the archaeological museum that displays ancient spoons, blades, stone tools, etc.
-Chinkana Inca Holy Temple: The island’s most spectacular ruins complex. The main feature is the Inca Palace also known as “El Laberinto”. This maze of stone walls and tiny doorways overlooks a lovely white beach lapped by deep blue waters.
-Sailing on a typical native fishing boat: These wooden boats are basically used for net-fishing. They carry about 6 people and the native captain rows or sails if it is possible. This is dependent upon on the weather conditions.
-The Sun Island Kallawaya Ancient Ceremony: Witchcraft, natural medicine, art, magic, and millenary traditions are part of the mystic world of the Kallawayas heritage. The purpose of this mystic ceremony is to purify the souls of the Chinkana holy temple visitors. This Ceremony take place in an Incan altar at the top of the hill facing the temple and overlooking the lake. Dinner and Sun Island native’s folkloric demonstration on board. Catamaran overnight. (L, D)
DAY 02 SUN ISLAND / LA PAZ
Next morning, Catamaran Cruise to Copacabana admiring the overwhelming panorama. At the sanctuary free time to enjoy several religious and archaeological sites, lunch and land transfer to La Paz city.
We will arrive in La Paz at 19:30 Hr. END OUR SERVICES. (B,L)
Price per Person: US$ 425.00
(*) NOTE: If the pickup is from one of the following hotels in Puno: Isla Estevez, Posada del Inca, Casa Andina Private, Jose Antonio, Titilaka or Eco Inn there will be an extra charge of $ 6 per person.
INCLUDED: All scheduled transportation. All lodge accommodations. All transfers. All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services. All entrance fees. Meals specified in the itinerary.
NOT INCLUDED: International airfares, domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature.
Visa Requirement for US Citizens to enter Bolivia
If you are a US Citizen or a citizen of the countries listed below and have decided visit Bolivia, you must be aware of this information:
On 2007, The Bolivian President Evo Morales suppressed by decree the right of US citizens to enter Bolivia country freely, in reciprocity of a similar measure taken by the US government.
Also the citizens of Angola, Bhutan, Republic of Chad, Congo, Ruanda, Somalia, Republic of Yemen, Indonesia, China and Taiwan have been affected by this decree.
Please make sure to have all necessary documents before traveling.