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ARRIVING ON THE ISLAND OF THE SUN
Our Ecolodge "La Estancia" is located in the southern part of Island of the Sun and is named after the small town of "La Estancia" which sits within the community of Yumani; in order to arrive, you will have to take a 1.5 hr boat from Copacabana and walk up to our lodge. There are three different ports of arrival on the southern part of the Island of the Sun.
Directions from the Port
If you are arriving at the port of Pilcocaina, please ask them to leave your luggage at the Yumani port.
Staff from La Estancia will be waiting for your arrival at Yumani port. Please do let us know in advance if you are going to need assistance with your luggage since from the port you will have to walk for about 50 minutes to our lodge. Please inform us of your arrival time the day before so that we can arrange this service, which is available free of charge until 16:00 p.m.
Arriving at Yumani Port
The main port is called Yumani. Here you will find the terraced gardens called the “Garden of the Incas” which features the famous “Escalinata del Inca” (Inca steps – be ready to hike up 207 steps!) and the Fountain of the Eternal Youth or “Fuente de la Vida”. You will then continue up a gentler slope, through the indigenous community of Yumani, and arrive at Ecolodge "La Estancia". The duration of this 1,6 km walk can be up to an hour or more if you stop to catch your breath from time to time.
Note that if you are traveling by a public boat, your boat will arrive at/depart from the port of Yumani!
Arriving at Pilkocaina Port
The second biggest port is Pillko Kaina. Here you can visit the Temple of the Sun which is an Inca structure but that has influences from the Tiwanaku period. During this walk you will pass numerous agricultural terraces and the indigenous community of Yumani, finally arriving at Ecolodge "La Estancia" via a gentle slope over the ridge of the hillside. This is an easy to medium hike of 2,8 km that is very enjoyable with great views all around and fit for anyone in relatively good shape. The total duration of this walk can take an hour and a half.
Arriving at Huacani Port
This port is the closest one to the lodge and therefore the quickest way to arrive at Ecolodge "La Estancia" – only private boats arrive at this port. However, the path is quite steep, which is why we only recommend this route to travelers who have adapted to the altitude and enjoy great health. It is an uphill walk from the bay, past the ancient agricultural terraces and up to our lodge. Consider about forty minutes for this 1,2 km hike.
Arriving at Challapampa Port
Arriving at Challapampa port you will find that you are close to the island’s biggest complex of ruins, "La Chinkana". This port is for those who wish to trek across the island, by walking the "Inca Trail"; back to the south you will arrive to the Ecolodge La Estancia. The total duration of this 8.5-kilometer hike can take up to three hours.
In order to reach the Island of the Sun, you will have to take a 1.5-hour boat ride. You can either take a public or a private service.
PUBLIC BOAT SERVICE
This boat service is run by the community of Yumani. It costs Bs 30.00 (Usd 4.3) per person per route and the schedules are:
Copacabana-Island of the Sun (Yumani port):
8:00 a.m. every day
13:30 p.m. every day
Island of the Sun – Copacabana:
8:00 a.m. Wednesday, Saturdays, and Sundays
10:00 a.m. every day
15:00 p.m. every day
If this schedule does not fit your itinerary you can take a private boat. If you need assistance with booking a private boat, please contact us.
If you are taking the Bolivia Hop bus note that the boat will leave you at the Pilkokaina port. Please ask the boat driver to leave your luggage at the port of Yumani where our staff will be waiting to carry your luggage up to our lodge.
Please do let us know in advance if you are going to need assistance with your luggage; do inform us of your arrival time with a minimum one day in advance so that we can arrange this service, which is available free of charge until 4:00 p.m.