Experienced and locally-owned operator
Breathtaking tour of the lake and the main islands with a bilingual native guide
Enjoy stunning views onboard modern, fully equipped boats with a roof deck
This full day boat tour takes you on a visit to the famous Floating Islands of the Uros people and the Island of Taquile. In the middle of the bright, blue Lake Titicaca are the unique and incredible floating islands of Uros made entirely out of totora, a special reed grown in the lake that is used in creating these beautiful man-made islands. Take a peek into the lives of the Uros people and see how they have managed to forget a subsistence lifestyle for centuries.
All year round
Puno Hotel and Hostel pick up
Puno Hotel and Hostel drop off
At 07:15am you will take the boat and head out to the inhabited Floating Islands of the Uros for a guided tour. Uros Floating Island Arrival will be aprox 09:00am and you will find out how the Uros people make their home islands entirely from the lake reeds of Titicaca, the totora reed.
09:00am Boat ride out to the Island of Taquile, one of the world’s highest navigable lake!
12:00 Continuing with our tour to Taquile Island, you will learn the traditional history, lifestyle and cultures of the island community who call this place home. Enjoy a walk along the island to catch some breathtaking views. Lunch on the island (Not-included & optional)
14:30 Return boat ride to Puno
17:00 Arrival in Puno and drop off to your Hostel/Hotel.
06:45 - 07:15
Pick ups from Hostels
Departure to Uros Island
Boat ride out to the Island of Taquile
Guided tour of Taquile Island
Return boat ride to Puno
Arrive into Puno
- Hotel /Hostel pick up and Drop off
- Boat transport
- English and Spanish speaking guide
- Uros and Taquile island entrance ticket
- “Kuntiki” or reed boat ride in the Uros (costs an extra 10 soles) – this is strictly optional
- Lunch in Taquile – 20 soles for a freshly caught and cooked trout lunch / omelette for vegetarians
- 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 the day prior to the tour 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 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 as I make my booking. What can 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.
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 will 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 posible, 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 2500meters, 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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