Learn about the local Uros families and their fascinating traditions
An enriching 2-hour tour where you can enjoy the best views of the Lake Titicaca
Experienced local bilingual guides
Seize the opportunity to visit the incredible and unique Uros Islands, which sit floating on magnificent Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. On this guided tour, learn how these man-made islands are constructed and maintained, as well as how the local people live sustainably, using the resources available to them. Take a trip away from the bustling city, and discover these little-known, distant communities.
All year round
Puno hotel and hostel pick up
Puno hotel and hostel drop off
Be ready to start the adventure at 8:30am, when you’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken to the port of Puno. Once on board the boat, sit back and relax for 25 minutes as you cruise the shimmering waters of the expansive Lake Titicaca. For stunning views, climb to the upper deck and see the city of Puno gradually diminishing in size as you journey towards the distant landforms, slowly taking shape ahead of you.
Upon arrival, your expectant hosts will help you down, and you’ll set foot on these impressive artificial islands and be shown round. Learn the secrets of the totora reed from your guide, and the process used in the construction and maintenance of the islands. Gain an insight into the everyday lives of the Uros people, and take the opportunity to experience a ride on a traditional reed boat (optional, at an additional cost).
Bid farewell to the islanders and board the boat, which will take you back to reality, returning to Puno at approximately 12:00pm.
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 hostel
Departure from the port
Visit the Uros islands
Return to Puno
- Hotel/hostel pick up and drop off
- Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
- Entrance ticket to Uros Island
- 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, Posada del Inka, Posada Ecco, Libertador, Jose Antonio)
- 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) 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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