Visit the amazing Floating Islands of Uros and understand how the islands are built
Well-known local operator in Puno, Peru
Enjoy a local lunch and join in on traditional dancing with the families on Taquile Island
A visit to Puno would not be complete without stopping to see 2 of the most visually stunning, well-known islands, Uros and Taquile. Enjoy a beautiful day on the lake and learn all about the local people that live on the unique Floating Islands of Uros. Hop off the boat, onto the island of Taquile, and take the opportunity to appreciate the hospitality, as well as a traditional dining experience, with the local people, all in one day.
All year round
Puno Hotel and Hostel pick up
Puno Hotel and Hostel drop off
GREAT TRIP TITIKAKA
The day’s adventure begins with early morning pick ups and transfers from your hotel to the port at 6:30 am. Let the shimmering, blue waters of Lake Titicaca awaken your senses as you climb onboard the boat and head out to the Floating Islands of Uros at 7:00am. Once you arrive to the magical, artificial islands of Uros, prepare to be amazed as your guide will explain the culture of the local people, their way of life, how they use the resources available and how the islands are built and maintained. You can get to know the locals and the life they lead on these amazing islands and you also have the option to experience a ride on a traditional totora reed boat (for an additional cost).
After visiting the Uros Islands, the boat will make its way to the resplendent island of Taquile. Arriving to the island, take an easy walk uphill to the main plaza or square of the town where the bustle of a market and the local people greet you. Your guide will take you on a tour to a local museum where you will learn about the history of the people. After wandering about town, a traditional lunch will take place at a restaurant on the island. Do not miss the chance to immerse yourself in the culture by joining in on some traditional dances. Once back on the boat you can sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning views all around, arriving back to the city of Puno at approximately 5:30 pm. With its beautiful surroundings and majestic landscapes, it is little wonder that Lake Titicaca is one of the top destinations in South America.
Hotel/Hostel Pick Up
Departure from the port
Visit 2 Floating Islands of Uros
Out in motor boat to the island of Taquile
Arrive at Puerto de la Isla Taquile .
Explained the guide in main square.
Lunch in Taquile. Lunch: Quinoa soup , fried trout with rice and potatoes, matte or Coca Muna .
Return to the city of Puno.
Arrival to Puno and transfer to hotel/hostels
- Transportation hotel - port -hotel
- Tickets of Entrance fees to Uros and Taquile island
- Motor boat with bathroom
- Professional guide (English and Spanish)
- Lunch in Taquile
- Traditional Totora boat ride ( optional – not included)
- There is a supplemental charge of US $ 5.00 per person for pick-up from hotels: Libertador, Casa Andina Private Collection, Eco Inn and Posada del Inka, José Antonio.
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: Any changes to the tour date need to be done 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 prior to the tour, 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 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?
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 drop as low as -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 you to take some money for souvenirs. The textiles 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, for many that is not possible so 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 2500 meters, 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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