Watch the sunset from this remote island
Enjoy a top deck view of Lake Titicaca
Stay with a local, welcoming family on Amantani Island, and truly experience their culture and tradition first-hand
Discover a completely different way of life on the Uros Floating Islands, and learn about the importance of the totora reed, a plant vital in the daily lives of the islands’ inhabitants. Take a trip even further afield, and visit the mysterious mainland islands of Taquile and Amantani. Here, you’ll learn about the way of life of the island folk, and get to appreciate the landscape’s natural beauty. Truly immerse yourself by staying with a local family from Amantani; an incredible experience.
All year round
Puno hotel and hostel pick up
Puno hotel and hostel drop off
DAY 1: Puno city to Uros islands to Amantani Island
This exciting excursion begins at 7:45am, with a transfer from your hotel to Puno’s port. You’ll then set off on your journey to the Uros floating Islands, gliding over the waters of Lake Titicaca by boat. You’ll navigate towards the channel banked by water reeds, which marks the route to your destination. Make sure you take some photos from the top deck, and admire the amazing views!
Once you get to Uros, there’ll be the chance to visit 2 of the 60 islands, and take a peek inside the peoples’ homes. If you like, you can hop on board a traditional reed boat for a ride (this is optional and at an additional cost). Once you’ve said your goodbyes to the islanders, you’ll begin the next part of your journey to Amantani.
After approximately 3 hours of cruising the iridescent waters, you’ll approach Amantani. Look out for the locals, who will be keenly anticipating your arrival. You’ll meet the family who will be hosting you during your stay, and they’ll take you into their home for a typical lunch, made from delicious, natural ingredients.
Throughout the afternoon, you can get to know your local family as part of this unique cultural exchange. For those who’d like to stretch their legs and see a bit more of Amantani, there’s an optional 1 hour hike up to the Pachatata temple to watch the sunset. As you descend, get your taste buds ready for the hearty dinner which your hosts will have prepared for you to enjoy. For some evening entertainment, there’s the option to take part in a typical celebration, with dancing and music – or simply relax in the family’s house.
DAY 2: Amantani Island to Taquile Island to Puno city
This morning, you’ll wake up to breakfast at 7:00am with your hosts, and get ready for your departure to Taquile. It’s about an hour’s boat ride, and upon arrival, you’ll take a pleasant 45-minute walk up to Plaza de Armas. Here, you can see the lovely textiles, and learn how the local community make a living on this island. Enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants, which offers quinoa soup, trout, rice, chips, vegetables, and tea. After eating your fill, enjoy your last moments on this peaceful island as you head back to the harbour. You’ll return to Puno at approximately 4:00pm, and on arrival we will transfer you to your hotel or hostel.
DAY 1: 07:45
Pick up from your hotel or hostel
DAY 1: 08:15
Boat transfer to Floating Islands
DAY 1: 08:45
Guided tour of Floating Islands
DAY 1: 10:30
Boat transfer to Amantani island
DAY 1: 13:30
Arrival and check in to family homestay
DAY 1: 14:00
Lunch with the family
DAY 1: 15:00
DAY 1: 16:00
Optional 1 hour hike
DAY 1: 19:00
Dinner in family house
DAY 1: 20:00
Optional local celebrations
DAY 2: 07:00
DAY 2: 08:00
Boat transfer to Taquile Island
DAY 2: 09:00
Arrival to Taquile Island
DAY 2: 09:45
Walk to the main square
DAY 2: 11:45
DAY 2: 12:30
Walk to the dock
DAY 2: 13:30
Boat back to the port of Puno
DAY 2: 16:00
Arrival back to Puno
- Hotel/hostel pick up and drop off
- English speaking guide
- Boat transport
- Entrance ticket to Uros, Amantani, and Taquile island
- 1 nights' accommodation on Amantani Island
- Day 1: 1 lunch, 1 dinner
- Day 2: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch on Taquile island (vegetarian option available)
- Reed boat ride in Uros Islands “Kuntiki” (costs an extra S/.10 soles) – this is strictly optional
- Bring warm clothes (night-time temperatures on the island can drop as low as -10˚C)
- Bring own water (even small bottles can be expensive)
- Toilet paper
- Torch (useful when hiking downhill after watching the sunset, as there are no lights)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to make any changes.
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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