Visit Titicaca’s top attraction, the Uros floating islands made out of totora reed
Experience an overnight stay in Amantani with one of the families in the community
Enjoy the breathtaking views of the lake!
Take an incredible kayak journey on the spectacular Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world! Navigate the vast blue waters and visit the magical Floating Islands of Uros – these are incredible man-made islands, inhabited by locals who lead a sustainable way of life. Voyage further afield to the remote mainland islands of Amantani and Taquile, and share food and lodging with a local family in a unique intercultural exchange.
All year round
Puno hotel and hostel pick up
Puno hotel and hostel drop off
GREAT TRIP TITIKAKA
DAY 1: PUNO – UROS – AMANTANI
After picking you up from your hotel, you’ll head to the port to start your kayak adventure, cruising through the amazing Lake Titicaca. Enjoy the scenic route to the magical floating islands of Uros, an approximate 45 minute journey in Kayak. On arrival to this small community, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the locals, learn about their way of life, and even be shown around the islanders’ humble abodes. Enjoy a scenic kayaking excursion on these beautiful waters.
After, you’ll continue your journey for 3 hours by boat towards Amantani, a remote mainland island, little visited by tourists. Here, local families will be eagerly waiting to welcome you, and take you to their home to enjoy a typical lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to view some important archaeological remains on the island. As night falls, and the temperature drops, a cozy bed is provided by your new hosts.
DAY 2: AMANTANI – TAQUILE
Wake up to a delicious breakfast, prepared by your host family at 8:00am. Bid farewell to the islanders before continuing your adventure to Taquile, a beautiful mainland island. On arrival, enjoy a leisurely 1 hour walk with your knowledgeable guide, visiting the city, its main square, the centre of handicrafts, and the Museum of Taquile. Learn about the history of the island and its inhabitants, view the skilled textile art they produce, and discover the way they live now.
Take a well-deserved break for lunch at a local restaurant, and sample the typical island cuisine. After satisfying your appetite, take an unhurried walk back down to the port, and enjoy your last views of the natural beauty of Taquile, before the trip back to Puno. Expected arrival time at the city’s harbour is 3:30pm.
DAY 1: 06:30
Pick up from Puno hotel/hostel
DAY 1: 07:00
Depart from Puno port
DAY 1: 08:45
Arrival to Uros Island
DAY 1: 10:00
Departure to Amantani Island
DAY 1: 13:00
Arrival to Amantani Island
DAY 2: 08:00
DAY 2: 09:00
Departure from Amantani Island
DAY 2: 10:30
Arrival in Taquile Island
DAY 2: 12:00
Lunch in Taquile
DAY 2: 13:30
Departure from Taquile
DAY 2: 15:30
Arrival in Puno
- Transfer hotel-port-hotel
- Bilingual instructor/guide (English and Spanish)
- Motor boat and support staff
- Entrance fees to the islands
- All equipment (Sea Kayak Adventure)
- First aid kit and radio
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner and lodging with families on the island of Amantani
- Food and drinks
- There is a supplementary charge of $5.00 per person for pick up from the following hotels: Libertador, Casa Andina Private Collection, Eco Inn, Posada del Inka, José 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 12:00 pm (Lima time) the day before the tour begins.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel before 12:00 pm (Lima time) the day before the tour begins or earlier a 10% administration fee will apply (+ the card fee). After this time there is a 100% no show or cancellation fee.
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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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