WWF Escape to the Andes

We visited the Andean school which was built by World Expeditions and presented the children with books, pens, pencils etc which some of us had brought from Australia. The extra weight was worthwhile when we saw the expressions on the children’s faces. I could never imagine children in Australia smiling so broadly at being given an exercise book and pen!

Jean Hampson | Queensland, Australia

Island of the Sun Extension

From La Paz we make our way by road and boat to the Island of the Sun, regarded as the site of birthplace of the sun and one of the most revered religious sites in the Andes. We stay at the wonderful Ecolodge La Estancia, built in the local Andean architectural style of Adobe bricks and thatched roofs. Each room enjoys incredible views of the lake and the Cordillera Real mountain range. During our stay on the island we visit the ancient palace and sacred stone as well as the many shrines and temples, the cultural museum, experience the local hospitality and a traditional Bolivian lunch (aptapi), enjoy the amazing sunrise over the lake and take leisurely strolls through the village and along the trails. On our return journey to La Paz we visit the Virgen Morena, a 500-year-old wooden statue of the Virgin Mary in the Basilica of Copacabana.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join La Paz and drive to Copacabana, take the boat to the Island of the Sun, land near Pilkokaina ruins and have a typical aptapi lunch before walking to the EcoLodge La Estancia
DAY 2 Rising with the sun is recommended, before taking the boat north to the Chincana ruins and the Sacred Rock, short walk to Challapampa, then boat to Challa, visit a cultural museum. Afternoon free to enjoy the peace and beauty of the area
DAY 3 Walk through the village of Yumani in the Garden of the Incas, to take the boat to the Island of the Moon, visit the ruins, then to Copacabana, visit the famous Virgen Morena and its church, lunch and stroll of town, transfer to La Paz where trip concludes

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Duration:  3 days
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