Experience an enriching cultural exchange
Explore Taquile Island, home to a traditional Quechua-speaking community
Tours are conducted by professional and experienced bilingual guides
The incredible Floating Islands of Uros are situated on the glorious Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Voyage to this fairy-tale place, where a local community leads a sustainable way of life. Discover this fascinating culture, and kayak in the lake's vast waters, before travelling on to two mainland islands, Amantani and Taquile. Meet the inhabitants and spend a unique time sharing, eating, and living with a local family.
All year round
Puno hotel and hostel pick up
Puno hotel and hostel drop off
Day 1: Uros – Amantani
Be ready for this exciting adventure at 7:30am, when you’ll be picked up from your hotel. You’ll be well prepared by your guide, who will explain everything, as well as provide the equipment required for kayaking.
Cruise the splendid Lake Titicaca and its vast blue waters, whilst taking in the beautiful surrounding flora and fauna. After an hour on the water, you’ll arrive to the islands of Uros, and be warmly welcomed by the locals. Learn from your knowledgeable guide all about the islanders’ customs, as well as the characteristics of this fascinating place, including the importance of the totora reed in the daily lives of these people. Jump into your kayak and navigate the tranquil waters by the islands.
Continuing on your way, hop on board a motorboat for a 3-hour trip to Amantani, a more remote mainland island. On arrival at the port, you’ll meet your host family, who’ll be eagerly expecting your visit, having prepared a typical lunch for you to enjoy with them in their humble abode. Take in your new surroundings, and get to know your friendly local family before taking a hike to the highest point of the island - known as "pachatata" - to watch a spectacular sunset. Absorb the stillness and beauty of the landscape, and learn about the natural features and history of the island. As dusk sets in, head back down for the delicious dinner awaiting you, kindly prepared by your hosts. Enjoy some evening entertainment, and allow your new family to dress you in their typical costumes, before making your way to meet the rest of your tour group and other local folk for a traditional party. After a jam-packed day, get some rest in your designated rural house.
Day 2: Amantani – Taquile
Rise and shine for breakfast, and wave goodbye to the islanders of Amantani – you’ll depart at 8:00am. Back on the water, you’ll travel for 1 hour and 15 minutes, before reaching the island of Taquile. From the port, it’s a gradual uphill walk to the main square (45 min approx.). Once there, your guide will explain about the daily lives of the local people, and the beautiful textile fabrics woven by the island’s inhabitants, declared as "intangible cultural heritage of mankind" by UNESCO. At midday, you’ll go to a local restaurant for lunch, before making your way back down to the port, with a magnificent view of the landscape as you descend. Your adventure will come to an end, departing Taquile at 1:00pm, and arriving at 4:00pm to the city of Puno.
An extra $5 charge will apply for transfers to hotels outside of the city of Puno (Casa Andina Private Collection, Posada del Inka, Posada Ecco, Libertador, Jose Antonio)
DAY 1: 07:30
Pick up from hotels/hostels
DAY 1: 08:00
Departure to Uros Island
DAY 1: 09:00
Arrival to Uros Island
DAY 1: 10:30
Departure to Amantani Island
DAY 1: 13:30
Arrival to Amantani Island
DAY 1: 14:00
DAY 1: 16:00
Walk to Pachatata
DAY 1: 18:30
Dinner and typical show
DAY 2: 07:00
DAY 2: 08:00
Departure to Taquile Island
DAY 2: 09:00
Arrival to Taquile Island
DAY 2: 12:00
Lunch on Taquile Island
DAY 2: 13:00
Departure to Puno
DAY 2: 16:00
Arrival to Puno
- Hotel/hostel pick up and drop off
- Kayak briefing
- Kayak equipment
- Boat and support staff
- Professional bilingual kayak guide (Spanish and English)
- Transport by boat
- Accommodation in Amantani & 3 meals in a family home
- 1 lunch in Taquile (day 2)
- Uros, Taquile and Amantani island entrance ticket
- An extra $5 charge will apply for transfers to hotels outside of the city of Puno (Casa Andina Private Collection, Posada del Inka, Posada Ecco, Libertador, Jose Antonio)
- Extra clothing to change into
- Warm clothing
- Extra money for personal expenses
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: It is FREE to change tour date before 6:00 pm (Lima time) 2 days before the tour begins.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel before 6:00 pm (Lima time) 2 days before the tour begins a 10% administration fee will apply (+ the card fee). After this time there is a 100% no show or cancellation fee.
You must email firstname.lastname@example.org (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to make any changes.
I cannot find my accommodation listed in the operator pick up locations when I’m making my booking. What should I select?
This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed. This list covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, bus terminals etc. If you cannot find your hotel on the list, please select an alternative pick up location close by and be ready for pick-up at the time shown on your booking confirmation
What should I bring to the tour?
A light backpack, water, sunscreen (very important!), a hat, camera and sunglasses are a must. Those who plan to stay longer/ overnight should also bring: warm layers, sweater or jacket (very important), beanies, scarves (temperatures can reach lows of -10 ̊ C), basic things like toilet paper, snacks, personal medications, money for drinks/food/tips etc.
Do the tour prices include the island entry fees? Do I need to take extra money?
Yes, all of the tour prices include the associated island entry fees. If you’ll be heading to the islands of Taquile and Amantani we advise you to take some money for souvenirs, as they are renowned for some of the finest woven goods in Peru.
Does the tour include a ride on one of the traditional reed boats?
No, this experience is optional and can be paid directly to the locals on the island.
I have heard that the Floating Islands are very touristy and fake. Do the Uros people actually live on the islands and are they worth the visit?
The Floating Islands in Puno are the original, authentic Floating Islands. Due to their unique nature, they have become a very popular tourist attraction in Peru and have become almost a victim of their own success. A visit is still definitely worthwhile, not only to learn about the incredible construction of these islands (houses and boats are all made out of reeds), but also to see how the Uros locals manage to forge a subsistent life out in the middle of lake Titicaca on these tiny, buoyant islands. Tourism is now their number one income, and whilst families do live out on the islands, a lot of the families and younger members do work and study in Puno.
Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?
Altitude sickness can catch many travellers off guard. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a headache and some dizzy sensations that diminishes over a short period of time, usually 1 to 2 days for most people. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude. Proceed slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatize as you ascend gradually. However, if this is not possible, here are some further steps to take: Drink lots of water and slow down!! This sounds simple, but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen, so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some coca leaves. The native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries, thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take (Soroche) altitude sickness pills. These are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia, and cost just a few dollars. If you are flying straight into altitude over 2500metres, without spending any time at an intermediate elevation and you’re worried about getting sick, you can ask your doctor for more specific and stronger altitude sickness medication in advance. In the rare case that your symptoms are more severe than a headache and mild dizziness, it is best to descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.
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