Explore the magical Floating Islands of Uros on this Lake Titicaca Tour
Enjoy a morning boat trip learning about these incredible islands
Bilingual guides with an unparalleled understanding of the Uros Islands
Take a morning trip out of the city, and navigate the spectacular Lake Titicaca, home to the fairy-tale Floating Islands of Uros. Discover a community which has forged a subsistent way of life, and learn about the special totora reed and the vital role it has in the existence of these islands. Gain an insight into the way of life of the Uros people, away from the big city's modernities, and discover how the locals use the resources available to make a living.
All year round
Puno hotel and hostel pick up
Puno hotel and hostel drop off
GREAT TRIP TITIKAKA
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Bid farewell to the city of Puno as you board the boat at 9:15am, and begin the 25-minute journey across the vivid blue waters of the spectacular Lake Titicaca. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the trip, whilst admiring the views of the highest navigable lake in the world. As you approach the Uros Islands, look out for the inhabitants going about their everyday lives, and spot the beautifully constructed dragon boats dotted around the edges of the islands.
On arrival, you’ll be greeted by the people of Uros, the women keeping their long black hair tidy in two plaits, and sporting brightly coloured cardigans and skirts, as well as the typical round brimmed hats. Here, your guide will explain the construction of the islands, how the islands stay afloat, and the properties and uses of the totora reed, which naturally grows in the lake’s waters. You’ll also get the opportunity to spend some time with the locals, be shown inside one of their humble homes, and to purchase any handmade souvenirs you fancy. There’s also the fantastic option to ride on a traditional totora reed boat (at an additional cost).
The tour will depart for the port of Puno, where you’ll be taken back to your hotel at 12:30pm. A visit to the Uros Islands is the best excursion on offer in Puno, and it will give you an insight into a unique community and way of life you won’t see anywhere else.
Pick up from hostel
Departure from the port
Visit the Uros islands
Return to Puno hostels
- 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 or earlier a 10% administration fee will apply (+ the card fee). 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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