Enjoy the magic of Lake Titicaca by kayaking on its crystal-clear waters
Learn about the Uros people and their skills with the “totora” reeds
Modern boats and experienced guides for your safety and comfort
Situated in the shimmering blue waters of the magnificent Lake Titicaca are the mythical Floating Islands of Uros. Constructed out of the buoyant totora reed, these islands are inhabited by a community of people who lead a sustainable lifestyle, away from the modernities of the city of Puno. On this kayak tour, you’ll have the opportunity to navigate the famous Lake Titicaca, learn about the unique Uros culture, and meet the inhabitants of these incredible islands.
All year round
Puno hotel and hostel pick up
Puno hotel and hostel drop off
Rise and shine for an early start: you’ll be picked up from your hotel at 7:30am and taken by boat to Isla Esteves, where you’ll be given instructions by your guide, along with the required kayak equipment. The adventure will truly begin as you hop into your kayaks and begin navigating. Take in the beautiful sights of Lake Titicaca and its surrounding flora and fauna, before reaching the magical Uros Islands, approximately an hour later.
Upon arrival to your destination, expect a warm welcome from the locals. Prepare to be amazed as your guide explains the construction and maintenance process of these islands, using the totora reed. This water plant grows naturally in the lake, and you’ll see how the local communities living on Uros make use of this reed in their everyday lives.
At the end of the tour, you’ll return to Puno at 12:00pm.
Note: This tour does not require kayaking experience.
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)
The operator will go to your hotel 1 day before your tour at 8pm to give you a briefing of the tour.
Pick up from downtown Puno hostels/hotels
Departure to Uros Island by kayak
Arrival to Uros Island
Departure to Puno
Arrival to Puno's port
Drop off to your hotels/hostels
- Hotel/hostel pick up and drop off
- Kayak briefing
- Kayak equipment
- Boat and support staff
- Professional bilingual kayak guide (Spanish-English).
- Uros 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)
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 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 email@example.com (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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