Walk along Taquile island & enjoy the view
A local tour guide will teach you about the history and culture of Uros & Taquile
Enjoy the company of real, local people who spend their whole lives floating!
Enjoy a very special experience, with a boat trip on Lake Titicaca, and a guided tour of some incredible islands and their communities. The Uros Floating Islands are famous for their unique construction, made of a locally growing reed, and are constantly maintained by the islands’ inhabitants. More remote, the island of Taquile is little-known, and just waiting for you to discover it! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about a way of life and culture completely different to you own.
All year round
Puno hotel and hostel pick up
Puno hotel and hostel drop off
07:15 – 09:00
Climb aboard the boat, and head out to the inhabited Floating Islands of the Uros for a guided tour. Discover how the Uros people make their home islands entirely from the lake reeds which grow in Titicaca, the totora reed. See how the small community of people live and forge a subsistent lifestyle on these floating islands in the middle of Lake Titicaca!
09:00 – 12:00
Following your visit of Uros, hop back on the boat and ride out to the Island of Taquile. Sunbathe on the top deck, snap some photos of your magnificent surroundings, or simply watch the world go by on the world’s highest navigable lake!
12:00 – 14:00
Let the guided tour of Taquile Island take you on a journey, as you learn the traditional history, lifestyle and cultures of the island community who call this place home. Taquile Island, until recently, was closed off to the rest of the world. Enjoy a delicious lunch, and go for a walk along the island to catch some breath-taking views.
Return boat ride to Puno. Sit back, and enjoy the peacefulness of the lake.
Arrive into Puno, be taken back to your hotel or hostel.
06:45 - 07:15
Pick up from hostels/hotels
Departure from Puno's port to Uros Island
Boat ride out to the Island of Taquile
Guided tour of Taquile Island, lunch
Return boat ride to Puno
Arrival to Puno, drop off to hotels/hostels
- Hotel/hostel pick up and drop off
- Boat transport
- English and Spanish speaking guide
- Uros and Taquile island entrance ticket
- Lunch in Taquile (a freshly caught and cooked trout for lunch / omelette for vegetarians)
- “Kuntiki” or reed boat ride in the Uros (costs an extra 10 soles) – this is strictly optional
- Bring your own water, as prices for even a small water or soda are quite expensive
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: Any changes to the tour date need to be done before 6:00 pm (Lima time) the day before the tour begins.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel before 6:00 pm (Lima time) the day before the tour begins a 10% administration fee will apply. After this time, there is a 100% no show or cancellation fee.
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I can’t find my accommodation listed in the operator’s pick up locations as 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, a camera, and sunglasses are a must. Those who plan to stay longer/ overnight should also bring: warm layers, a sweater or jacket (very important), a woolly hat, and a scarf (temperatures can reach lows of -10 ̊ C). Don’t forget basic things, like toilet paper, snacks, personal medication, and money for drinks/food/tips etc.
Does the tour include a ride on one of the traditional reed boats?
No, this experience is optional, and must be paid directly to the locals on the island.
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 visiting the islands of Taquile and Amantani, we advise you to take some money for souvenirs, as these places are renowned for some of the finest woven goods in Peru.
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 turned into a very popular tourist attraction in Peru, and have almost become a victim of their own success. A visit is still definitely worthwhile, not only to learn about the incredible construction of these islands (where the 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 people do live out on the islands, a lot of the families and younger members work and study in Puno.
Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?
Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit 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 a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time, 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 acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible, so it’s important to drink lots of water, and to 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 altitude sickness pills (Soroche): these are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia, and are just a few dollars. If you are flying straight into altitude over 2500 metres 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, you should descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.
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