Kayak on the highest navigable lake in the world!
Be part of this amazing and unique experience
Learn about the local communities and their traditions
Experience the famous floating reed islands of Uros by kayak: adventure out on the highest navigable lake in the world, the spectacular Lake Titicaca. Discover a unique culture and way of life, and meet the locals who inhabit this magical place. Learn about the totora reed, the very plant which is used in the construction of these islands, and how it’s a vital resource for the Uros people.
All year round
Puno hotel and hostel pick up
Puno hotel and hostel drop off
GREAT TRIP TITIKAKA
Be ready to venture out onto the magnificent Lake Titicaca bright and early – at 7:00am you’ll be picked up from your residence in Puno, and be taken to the port, where the adventure on the world’s highest navigable lake begins! Journey to the magical floating islands by boat, then hop into your kayak and enjoy a scenic excursion on these beautiful waters.
After a one-and-a half-hour journey, you’ll come to the small community of Uros, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet the locals, and learn about their way of life. Spend time with the native families, visit schoolhouses and souvenir shops, and enjoy the tranquility of being away from the big, bustling city.
You’ll return to Puno by motor boat and be dropped off at your hotel at around 12:30pm.
07:00 - 07:30
Pick up from hostel/hotel
Departure from Puno's port
Arrival to Uros
Start the kayaking experience
Arrival to your hotel/hostel in Puno
- Transfer hotel-port-hotel
- Bilingual instructor/guide (English and Spanish)
- Motor boat and support staff
- Entrance fees to the island
- All kayak equipment adventure ("Sea Kayak")
- First aid kit and radio
- Extra drink and food
- There is a supplementary charge of US $ 5.00 per person for pick up from the following hotels: Libertador, Casa Andina Private Collection, Eco Inn, Posada del Inka, José Antonio
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: It is FREE to change the 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.
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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