This short tour gives you an insight into the daily lives of the local people
Tour company has 5 years experience: See the lake with a knowledgeable operator
Contribute to the locals' businesses by buying their hand made crafts
Take an afternoon trip from the lively city of Puno, and sail the tranquil blue waters of Lake Titicaca to reach the distant islands of Uros, which magically float in the highest navigable lake in the world! Discover the community which inhabit these islands, and learn about their culture. See how they live sustainably, and recognize the importance of the environment – in particular, the totora reed – in their unique way of life.
All year round
Puno hotel and hostel pick up
Puno hotel and hostel drop off
GREAT TRIP TITIKAKA
Your afternoon adventure begins as the boat departs the city of Puno at 4:00pm. Climb up to the top deck for the best views of the magnificent Lake Titicaca, and wave goodbye to city life as you sail through the gleaming water of the highest navigable lake in the world.
Keep your eye out and you’ll begin to see signs of life in the distance – and gradually the beautiful Uros Islands come into sight, what seem like simple, straw-like yellow-green structures, amid a never-ending body of blue water and sky.
Once you descend onto one of the islands, you’ll learn the way it is constructed and regularly maintained by its inhabitants from your bilingual guide. Take the opportunity to converse with the island dwellers, find out about their way of life, visit their modest homes, and perhaps purchase a handmade souvenir to remember your trip to this special place. Experience a ride on a typical boat made from reeds (optional, at an additional cost) and sail the lake in true Uros style, before departing for the port of Puno.
You’ll be dropped back to your hotel at 6:00pm, and here you can learn to appreciate the small, everyday luxuries. This unique experience will open your eyes to a very different, but viable way of life, at peace with nature.
Pick up from Puno downtown hotels
Departure from the port
Drop off to Puno downtown hotels
- Uros Island entrance ticket.
- Transfer hotel / port / hotel
- Motor boat with bathroom
- Official bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
- Traditional totora boat ride (optional – not included)
- There is a supplementary charge of $5.00 per person for pick up from the following hotels: Libertador, Casa Andina Private Collection, Eco Inn, Posada del Inka, José 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 12:00 pm (Lima time) the day before the tour begins.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel before 12:00 pm (Lima time) the day before the tour begins a 10% administration fee will apply. After this time there is a 100% no show or cancellation fee.
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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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