The birth of the sun
Trip Start Sep 17, 2007
273Trip End Oct 08, 2008
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The boat to the islands was slow. Very slow. We chugged up to the north side of the island. The plan was to walk down to the south side to be picked up by the boat. They say that 5000 people live on the island. I have no idea where. Most of it is barren wasteland. Erin was biased against the island from the beginning. As we docked at the north end, one of the passengers stepped to the front and announced himself as the guide
The scenery was pretty spectacular since the island had a bunch of peninsulas jutting off in every direction. But that was about it. The path kept going up, and when we thought we´d reached the top another summit appeared. There were some more ruins and a big area where rocks were stacked as offerings. Erin found it boring. I thought it was a nice hike but it wasn´t spectacular. The icing on the cake was when we were nearing the end of the island and ran into a checkpoint. They asked for tickets. Then they explained that we needed to buy another ticket for the south side of the island. This was not mentioned before. I asked them for what sites, for what museums, for what reason we were buying this ticket
We had a small lunch and walked through the "town" of Yumani down to the docks. Yumani was mostly a bunch of closed hotels and some restaurants. We caught the boat which stopped at another small ruins (with another admission fee). We chose not to take them up on the offer. Then we chugged back to Copa.
All in all, I suppose Isla de Sol can be given the miss unless you really like hiking. I really liked Copacabana, but if you can do the Peru side or the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca, take the former.