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Ecolodge La Estancia

Lodging in Isla del Sol, Bolivia

​Stay at this beautiful ecolodge on Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca. Amongst the best and most beautiful places to visit in Bolivia, the lodge radiates with the vibrant culture and heritage of the local Aymaras and offers breathtaking views of Lake Titicaca and the Royal Andes Mountains. Take in the culture and scenery through hiking, boating expeditions, archaeological tours, and visits with their indigenous neighbors! You can also just relax at the lodge and enjoy delicious meals prepared with ingredients from their organic gardens.

Right for You?

Experience

Eco Lodge, Hiking, Boat Tour and Cultural Activities

Style

Comfortable Stay, Connect with Nature and Time to Relax

Price

$153 /night
Approximate price for two travelers sharing a room.

Location

Lake and Island

Connect with Ecolodge La Estancia

Social Enterprise
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Speaks: English and Spanish

Why Lokal Recommends Ecolodge La Estancia

Background

Social Enterprise started in 1999|

A Unique Story

La Estancia is built on Bolivia’s mystical Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca. Their ecolodge is located in the Southeast area of the island near the community of La Estancia, from which it gets its name. It is an eco-tourism project that represents and preserves the traditions of the Aymara local culture.
They began building La Estancia in March 1999 with the premise of being a sustainable eco-tourism project. Their most important initiatives were to respect the traditions and architecture of the area, as well as including the local people.
The construction of their entire site respects and rescues the agricultural terraces which date back to the pre-Columbian era. The use of local materials such as adobe (mud bricks), straw and stone, ensure low environmental impact whilst maintaining Andean architectural traditions, allowing their lodge to coexist harmoniously within its surroundings.

Community Connection

Ecolodge La Estancia provides both permanent and subcontracted employment opportunities for people from local communities and works to integrate the lodge into the communities to promote economic and social growth. They purchase food from local farmers whenever possible and encourage guests to visit to their neighbors on a day tours so they can learn more about the Aymara culture. These visits directly benefit the local families.
The lodge is also committed to the fair and respectful treatment of all the pack animals (llamas and donkeys), which transport groceries, materials and luggage to and from La Estancia. They believe it is vital they receive adequate care, which is why they contribute additional funds to suppor their well-being.

Environmental Engagement

To preserve and protect the environment on Isla del Sol, La Estancia has a garden filled with native plants and trees such as Kantuta, Quiswara and Queñua. They also have an ecological greenhouse where they produce organic food and herbs, which are used for their restaurant menu.
La Estancia also has a comprehensive solid waste management system that treats waste and generates organic fertilizer, which is used in their gardens and greenhouse.
Water on Isla del Sol is a critical resource and La Estancia promotes its responsible use. The measured use of water throughout the lodge is constantly advised to all users. To aid them further, they also have a rainwater recycling filter system and a re-use system for sewage.

Culture

The construction of their entire site respects and rescues the agricultural terraces which date back to the pre-Columbian era. The use of local materials such as adobe (mud bricks), straw and stone, ensure low environmental impact whilst maintaining Andean architectural traditions, allowing their lodge to coexist harmoniously within its surroundings.

Location

Take a private or public boat service from Copacabana Port (on the Bolivian side of the lake) to one of the ports listed below. The one-and-a-half-hour boat ride goes across the lake and arrives at Isla del Sol.