Making a phone call to a hotel on arrival on an island and asking in Spanish ‘where is our donkey?’ Isn’t something I’ve experienced before. Until I came to Isla del Sol. I booked the hostel through a 3rd party site (I don’t think you can book direct) and received an email from the hotel, in English detailing boat times to the island and asking if we needed a donkey to carry our bags to the village. Having read about the lung busting, 20% gradient climb over rough ground and at 4000 metres, I replied in English that we would definitely like a donkey. Unfortunately, it turns out that no one at the hostel speaks any English, so if you want a donkey, I’d suggest you request it in Spanish. And unless you’re Special Forces or training for an iron man challenge, or travelling light, I’d say you REALLY do need a donkey! The donkey eventually arrived and a 45 minute climb, in which we struggled to keep pace with Dominic the Burro and the old Cholita leading him, we arrived at the village. The hostel is well placed on the highest track which provides access to the few simple restaurants and nice views of Lake Titicaca and the other side of the island. We’d booked a room with private bathroom. It was small, clean and basic with no heating so slightly chilly at night but plenty of thick blankets on the bed. The shower was generally warm if a little temperamental. There was a slight smell of drains which I think came from the shared bathroom above our room. The hostel is surrounded by pens filled with livestock, donkeys in particular, and I was pleasantly surprised not to be woken by a dawn chorus of braying- a few dogs barking were all we heard in the night. The staff were all friendly but as mentioned no one speaks any English- you’ll struggle without some basic Spanish. Breakfast was served in a nearby building with nice views over the lake. It was coffee, bread and jam and a bit of ham, okay but nothing to rave about. The price was $29 which I felt was a little expensive for budget accommodation in Bolivia but I guess you pay for the unique location and limited options on Isla del Sol. …
Having traveled to the island for years, Hostal del Sol is my favorite budget stay. The rooms are clean, the views are incredible and despite the location at the top of Yumani it is perfectly situated between the best restaurants and hiking trails on the island. One feels as though they are in close contact with the community and culture at Hostal del Sol, and the breakfast far exceeds what one might expect from a hotel in this price range.
If you book in advance they will email you to give your arrival time in order to help with your luggage, I highly recommend you do this. We did not and it is a 45 minute upward climb with your belongings! When you get there is is one of the highest hostels and has the best views. Close to many pizzerias and has a free breakfast. The staff were so helpful and friendly. It was an absolutely lovely stay.
A total gem. We got to the island without a place to stay. A few travelers talked about Hostal del Sol so we decided to check it out. I am sure glad we did. Adorable rooms with the friendliest owners and the best prices on the island. The owner goes above and beyond to make sure you have a great stay. The rooms and bathrooms are very clean. Absolutely loved this place.
I stayed in the hostal for 1 Night. You Need to walk up the Island for Maybe 30 minutes before you reach the hostel. The hostel is located Really Good - near the mirador and the surrounding was quiet, too. The employees was welcoming me warmly and was Really calmed down. Furthermore i liked the Room i got. Comfy bed and a nice furnishing. In addition to that you can Watch the sunset and Sunrise while Standing on the balkony with the alpacas and horses Next to you on the grass. It was Clean to and the shower was hot all the Time. Just 3 minutes Away you can find a couple of Restaurants.!