According to Inca lore, Isla del Sol is the birthplace of their revered Sun God. Its trail known as Willa Thaki or “the Sacred Route of the Eternal Sun,” passes up some suitably ancient scenery, including pre-Columbian ruins, sandstone formations, agricultural terraces, grazing animals, tiny settlements, and picturesque beaches, with bracing water for a quick dunk. It also serves up vistas reaching up from the dark blue waters of Lake Titicaca to the sky-raking Andes beyond. After traversing the raised backbone of Isla del Sol within the world’s highest commercially navigable waterway for nearly 10 miles, end the hike in the town of Yumani at Las Velas, a restaurant with great drinks, authentic trout dishes, and enchanting high-altitude sunsets.
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