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Chincana (the labyrinth), Sun Island

Sun Island Trekking

Chincana (the labyrinth), Sun Island

Sun Island is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Titicaca. There are a number of small ruins and tiny traditional villages on the island but with no vehicles, getting about is restricted to walking some of the lovely trails or taking a boat. The network of walking tracks make exploration straight forward but altitude may take its toll so make sure walking is carried out at a gentle pace even if you feel comfortable when you first arrive.

The island's most spectacular ruins complex can be found at Chincana (the labyrinth) on the northern tip of the island, which offers impressive views across the lake. The Chincana contains trapezoidal doors and niches which were adapted during the latter stages of the Inca period. These ruins were believed to be a support facility for the Island’s Shrine, housing the maiden who took care of the Shrine.

The ruins can be reached in around three hours trekking one way but you may want to make the return journey by motorboat.

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You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tours below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.