Bolivia's cultural capital, La Paz, and beautiful Lake Titicaca
combine well and can even be incorporated into a longer holiday to
Peru. In the capital itself, virtually every street is alive with
stalls and traders selling everything from herbs and potions to
obscure animal parts; the most famous being the Witches Market,
uniquely atmospheric with its billowing incense, reminiscent of a
similar scene in Nepal. Outside La Paz, the mountains provide
plenty of adrenaline sport opportunities, from skiing to mountain
At Lake Titicaca, the Peruvian side may boast the floating
islands of the Uros tribe, but the Bolivian side is well worth
exploring on your holiday, in particular the fascinating islands of
Isla del Sol and Isla de la Luna, which are dotted with ancient
Inca ruins ripe for exploration.
Isla del Sol, believed by locals to have been home to the
supreme Incan god Inti, is the largest of the Lake's islands.
During the Incan era Isla de la Luna was home to women known as
'Virgins of the Sun', who lead nun-like lifestyles, weaving their
own clothes and performing ceremonial dances to the sun. The island
is scattered with Incan ruins and sacred sites and the charming
Posada del Sol means you can spend the night on the island rather
than making the rather lengthy day trip from Copacabana.
From Isla del Sol, it is just a short hop by boat across to Isla
de la Luna. Less visited than it's neighbour, this tiny island is
regarded as the birth place of the Inca Goddess Mama Quila and was
once home to the 'Virgins of the Sun.' You can still visit their
crumbling old convent as part of a trip to the island.