Even with decades of tourism under its belt, Isla del Sol remains a remote place. Not much has changed on the island since the Inca walked the same stone pathways that tourists tread today.
Because the island has no paved roads or motor vehicles, it is an ideal location for hiking. The high rocky backbone of the island can be hiked from coast to coast in a single day.
From Challapampa in the north to Yumani in the south (the largest hamlet on the island) takes just under 5-hours. It was a glorious walk, with only an odd shepherd to break the solitude along the way.
The views from promontories around the island are stunning and include the snow-covered peaks of the Cordillera Real – off in the distance. The dramatic coastline reminded me very much of the Mediterranean.
My accommodation that night was simple but clean and I slept like a baby. The only sound breaking the deafening silence was the odd dog barking.
Next morning the signs in the shower requested my respect for water. Every drop has to be carried by mule to the myriad of small houses that hug the steep hillside of Yumani.
My last hike of the journey was to the island’s southern tip, in search of the Inca temple, Pilko Kaina.
Next stage: Crossing the border into Peru.