Perfect for travelers who want to experience the culture and hospitality of Bolivia, this short and accessible adventure balances easy hiking excursions with immersive activities led by locals. Start your trip by exploring the ancient historical sites in Copacabana, then explore Lake Titicaca with your welcoming host family in Santiago de Okola before topping it all off with two exciting days in the Bolivian capital of La Paz.

Highlights

  • Explore pre-Inca ruins and take a stroll along the beach in Copacabana
  • Enjoy short, scenic hikes around Lake Titicaca
  • Stay with a host family in the charming lakeside village of Santiago de Okola
  • Take a walking tour of La Paz before you hop on a cable car for incredible city views

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Puno - Copacabana - Isla del Sol Isla del Sol
Day 2 Isla del Sol - Santiago de Okola Santiago de Okola
Day 3 Santiago de Okola - La Paz La Paz
Day 4 La Paz City Tour La Paz
Day 5 Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Puno - Copacabana - Isla del Sol

Boats in Lake Titicaca
Boats in Lake Titicaca

After you arrive at the Inca Manco Capac International Airport (JUL) near Puno, Peru, a driver will transfer you to the Peruvian border where you'll pass through migration procedures. Once you cross over into Bolivia, another guide will be waiting to take you to Copacabana. Copa is a small town on the edge of Lake Titicaca, and it has pre-Colombian origins and a number of important pre-Inca ruins. You'll have some free time to take a stroll around town and see some historic sites before heading down to the beach where a ferry will take you out to Isla del Sol (Sun Island), your final destination for the day. When you get off the ferry, you will have a short hike to the hotel, where you can relax for the rest of the evening.

Day 2: Isla del Sol - Santiago de Okola

Local weavers in Santiago de Okola
Local weavers in Santiago de Okola

After a beautiful, short hike in the morning that takes you back to the island's small port, you'll board the ferry once again to the farming and fishing village of Santiago de Okola. The village has a small, community-based agritourism project, and you will be received by a group of locals who will host you in their homes and help you get to know their ways of life. Santiago de Okola is known as the "Home of the Sleeping Dragon," a massive rock outcropping that looks like a dragon. In addition to a community tour and weaving workshop, you can hike to the crest of the Dragon. At the end of the day, you'll enjoy a traditional meal and be treated to a bonfire under a magnificent star-filled sky. 

Day 3: Santiago de Okola - La Paz

A colorful alleyway in La Paz
A colorful alleyway in La Paz

Before your journey to La Paz today, we recommend taking an early morning walk along the lake. After breakfast with your host family, a driver will pick you up, and you'll reach the city by mid-day. In the afternoon, you can do your own thing or choose from a list of arranged activities, including a hike in Hampaturi Valley or a trip to local museums, markets, and handicraft shops.

Day 4: La Paz City Tour

Take a cable car for stunning views of the city
Take a cable car for stunning views of the city

In the morning, a guide will meet you at your hotel for your half-day tour of La Paz. You'll explore the central neighborhood in La Paz city and see the popular witches' market, where you can purchase medicinal herbs and spices along with spiritual artifacts. The tour also includes the San Francisco Cathedral, one of the oldest cathedrals in the city and a common meeting place for locals. Then, you’ll see the main square, Plaza Murillo, and the most important government buildings that line the square.

Continuing on, you’ll see the historical center of La Paz, the southern neighborhoods, and a fascinating geological anomaly called Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna) because of its bizarre, moon-like landscape. In addition, you’ll see an impressive view of the Andes Mountains of the Cordillera Real outside of the city. You'll end the tour with a cable car ride where you can take in panoramic views of La Paz.

Day 5: Departure

Panoramic view of La Paz
Panoramic view of La Paz

It's time to say goodbye to Bolivia! A driver will pick you up at your hotel and will make sure you get to the airport on time. We hope you learned something new about Bolivia and came away with a lasting impression of the country, its people, and its beautiful landscapes.

Map

Map of Lake Titicaca & La Paz - 5 Days
Map of Lake Titicaca & La Paz - 5 Days