A guided visit to the incredible Uros Floating Islands, with the best operator in Puno
Enjoy Lake Titicaca onboard
Learn the traditions from a bilingual native
At over 3,800 meters above sea level, Lake Titicaca connects Peru and Bolivia, and boasts spectacular views. The city of Puno sits on the edge of Titicaca, and is the gateway to the famous Floating Reed Islands. Sitting in the middle of the lake, and made entirely of ‘totora’ reed, it is on these islands that the Uros people have managed to forge a subsistent lifestyle for centuries. Take an unmissable trip to visit these small communities, and witness the legendary islands for yourself!
All year round
Puno hotel and hostel pick up
Puno hotel and hostel drop off
3:30pm – 4:00pm
Hostel/hotel pick up
4:00pm – 06:00pm
Jump aboard the waiting boat, and voyage out on the spectacular Lake Titicaca. Check out the views from the top deck, and watch these man-made islands slowly taking form as you approach your destination.
Step down onto the straw-like, buoyant reed ground, and greet the smiling islanders, as they welcome you to their home. Listen to your guide as he explains just how the Uros people use the totora reeds – not only to construct their islands, but in their day to day lives, for transport and nutrition. Seize the chance to take a ride on a traditional reed boat, and experience for yourself the way the inhabitants travel from island to island. (This is optional, and at an additional cost.)
Visiting Puno would not be complete without a trip to Uros – it is here you’ll see for your own eyes a unique community and a sustainable way of life, resistant to the rapid development of the world around it. Who knows how much longer these Floating Islands will remain?
Departure from the port
Visit Uros Island
Return to Puno port
- Hotel/hostel pick up and drop off
- Boat transport
- English speaking guide
- Uros entrance ticket
- Reed boat ride in Uros Islands “Kuntiki” (costs an extra S/.10 soles) – this is strictly optional
- Bring your own water, as prices for a small water or soda are quite expensive
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: It is FREE to change tour date 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 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?
Light backpack, water, sunscreen (very important), hat, camera and sunglasses are a must. Those who plan to stay longer/ overnight should add: warm layers, scarves or jacket (very important), beanies, scarfs (temperatures can reach lows of -10 ̊ C), basics like toilet paper, etc., snacks, personal medications, money for drinks/food/tips.
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.
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.
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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