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Lake Titicaca Catamaran Cruise

Lake Titicaca is certainly the most sacred lake of the Andean culture: according to the legend Tunupa, the God who created the Aymaras, was born from this inland sea. This ancient culture, which thrived for thousands of years, established its “capital” at Tiwanaku. Following this belief, the Incas who conquered this area instigated a legend according to which the God Sun Viracocha dropped his son Manco Cápac, the first Inca, and his spouse Mama Ocllo off on the Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun).
This religious syncretism was followed by the Spanish: The offering site of Illapa, the Thunder God, was converted in a Calvary and a pilgrimage site dedicated to the Virgin Mary of Copacabana. She granted so many miracles that a Brazilian pilgrim decided to bring a replicate to the little fort defending the bay of Río, which will later on site the name to the famous Carioca beach.
This varied trip will allow you to discover the important sites of the Andean History, outdoor, while enjoying the pure air descending from the highest summits of the close by Cordillera Real.

Cruise, Ecotourism, Hiking
4 Days




La Paz - Copacabana

Departure from the hotel in our private vehicle for a trip to the archaeological site of Tiwanaku (1h30). Guided tour of the pre-Colombian ruins considered as the most important of the continent.

We will then drive along the shores of the Lake Titicaca and the Cordillera Real to Copacabana.

Night at La Cúpula hotel***.


Copacabana - Yumani

By motorboat, we reach the cave of Lourdes. Our trek on the Yampupata peninsula starts from there. We cross the timeless village of Zampaya...

Later on we reach the village of Yampupata. A boat takes us to the Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun), where we disembark at the old Inca Palace of Pilkokaina.A 1h15 walk brings us to the village of Yumani, from where there is a magnificent view of the lake.

Cold lunch and dinner.

Note: During the following 2 days a boat will be at our disposal to transport the group as well as the gear during the walks.

Hiking time: 5h; Elevation gain: +550m/-350m
For lunch we will share a traditional meal called “Apthapi”. This tradition of the Aymara people probably takes its source into the Tiwanaku pre-Inca culture.

It is a moment of sharing within the community: everyone brings some products of it land or livestock to the "table" and the meal is shared around a piece of traditional cloth (Aguayo) laid on the floor. Traditionally you will find corn, cheese, fish, fried or dried meat, quinoa and a great variety of potatoes from the Altiplano.

After our lunch, a traditional healer (“Yatiri”) will realize a ceremony dedicated to Mother Earth (“Pachamama”). We will enjoy these unique moments in the heart of the pre-Inca and Inca traditions: the Isla del Sol (“Island of the Sun”) owes its name to its important role in the cult to the Sun God “Inti” during the Inca Empire area. Here the people care about preserving the nature and their traditions.
Your private boat is available for you the whole day.


Yumani - Chuquiñapi

From Yumani we descend towards Japari Beach where we sit on our catamaran (built by young people from the local community of Santiago de Huata).

We will cross the Titicaca Lake. Approx. duration of 5 to 6 hours (depending on the wind).

We can admire the Cordillera and the Island of the Moon where we will stop at 1 pm for lunch.

At around 16 pm, we will arrive on the beach where the citizens of Chuquiñapi's community will wait for ust and bring us to the colonial style Casa de Retiro for a hearty snack. We then visit the community.

We spend the night at Chuquiñapi.

Included dinner and night (in a colonial style lodge).


Chuquiñapi - La Paz

In our private vehicle. We skirt Lake Titicaca and the Cordillera Real (3 ½-hour drive).