Meet a traditional community full of ancient agricultural terraces and ruins
Early start with hotel/hostel pickup
Your local, bilingual guide will explain how the islands are built and how the people live
The shimmering blue waters of Lake Titicaca is home to the famous, man-made Floating Islands of Uros. These islands and their dwellings, which date back to pre-Incan time, are made completely out of totora reeds, a native bulrush plant that grows in the lake. With a guided tour, get to know the inhabitants that have formed a small community and learn how these islands stay afloat. During the afternoon, visit the island of Taquile and experience the unique culture of the locals.
All year round
Puno Hotel and Hostel pick up
Puno Hotel and Hostel drop off
At 6:45 am. the tour is off to an early start, commencing with the transfer from your hotel to the port. Hopping onboard the boat, you will make your way to the Floating Islands of Uros (25 min approx.), all the while taking in the beautiful sights of the lake and its surroundings. Upon arrival to the islands of Uros, a warm welcome from the locals awaits you, and from there our guide will then give you an explanation about the local peoples customs, its’ history and the characteristics that make up this fascinating place. You will also have the opportunity to ride on a unique, traditional totora boat (this is optional and has an additional cost).
Continuing with our tour, we arrive at the island of Taquile. When we get to the port we start a gradual up hill walk that will take us to the main square (45 min walk approx.). Once there, the guide will let us know the way of life of the local people. You will also get the chance to see the renowned skill of local weavers. This textile art which dates back to ancient Incan days and is part of the local people’s every day life, was declared as "intangible cultural heritage of mankind" by UNESCO. Along the way you will also visit different touristic places, as well as stop for lunch at one of the local restaurants. After that, we will make our way back to the port. On the way down, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the landscape, the perfect ending to an amazing day. At approximately 2:30 pm you will board the boat and make the return trip, arriving to the city of Puno at approximately 5:30 pm.
An extra $5 charge will apply for transfers to hotels outside of the city of Puno (Casa Andina Private Collection, Sonesta 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 hostel
Departure to Uros island
Arrival to Uros island
Departure to Taquile island
Arrival to Taquile island (visit and lunch)
Departure from Taquile island
Arrival in Puno
- Hotel /Hostel pick up and Drop off
- Boat transportation.
- Professional guide (Spanish-English).
- Uros & Taquile Island entrance Tickets
- Lunch (rice with quinoa and fried trout, vegetarian option: vegetable omelette).
- Totora boat ride (optional – not included)
- An extra $5 charge will apply for transfers to hotels outside of the city of Puno (Casa Andina Private Collection, Sonesta Posada del Inka, Posada Ecco, Libertador, Jose Antonio)
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: Any changes to the tour date need to be done 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 prior to the tour 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 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, sweater or jacket (very important), beanies, scarves (temperatures can reach lows of -10 ̊ C), basic necessities 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 will be heading to the islands of Taquile and Amantani we advise 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, boats are all made of reed), 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 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 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 though, 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, 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 costs 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 you symptoms are more severe than a headache and mild dizziness you should seek to descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.
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