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Understand what daily life is like for these people by staying overnight in a local home
Voyage on the magnificent Lake Titicaca and visit the famous Floating Island, Uros. Learn how the local people use the resources on the island to make a living. Gain a unique insight into the way of life of the inhabitants, and spend the night with a local family in this Homestay Tour. Experience the people’s kindness, and enjoy typical food and entertainment. Discover ancient ruins, a spectacular sunset, and the natural beauty of islands relatively untouched by the outside world.
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Puno hotel and hostel pick up
Puno hotel and hostel drop off
GREAT TRIP TITIKAKA
DAY 1: PUNO – UROS – AMANTANI
The trip begins at 7:30am when you’ll be picked up and taken to Puno’s port. At 8:00am you’ll set off by motorboat, and see the city of Puno gradually diminishing in size as you voyage in the vast Lake Titicaca for approximately 25 minutes, before reaching the Uros floating islands. After a warm welcome from the friendly locals, your guide will explain the unique way the islands are constructed and maintained to stay afloat, as well as how the local people live on the islands. Be amazed by the ingenious, yet incredibly simple way totora reed is used in the everyday lives of the people of Uros.
After visiting the Uros floating islands you will make your way to Amantani. A good 3-hour boat trip from Uros, here you’ll discover a more remote and less touristic island, with hospitable people who’ll be awaiting your imminent arrival. You’ll get to know a local family who will welcome you into their quaint home for a typical lunch. During the late afternoon, you can enjoy a walk to the highest point of the island (Pachatata/Pachamama), where you’ll see ancient ruins and a stunning sunset. Work up an appetite as you walk back down, and enjoy a well-deserved dinner with your family. Enjoy a welcome reception with all the local folk, and see performances of traditional music and dancing, before heading off to bed in your family’s home.
DAY 2: AMANTANI - TAQUILE
Rise and shine at 7:30am for breakfast with your local family, and enjoy your last minutes together, before heading to the port for an 8:00am departure. Taquile is just an hour away from Amantani. Upon arrival to this scenic island, you’ll take an easy guided walk uphill to the main square. Here you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the island from your knowledgeable guide, as well as the chance to visit the Museum of Taquile and see how beautiful textiles are made by the locals. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, before departing the tranquil Taquile at 1:15pm , and arriving by boat to the port of Puno at 3:30pm .
DAY 1: 07:30
Pick up from Puno downtown hotels
DAY 1: 08:00
Departure from Puerto de Puno
DAY 1: 08:30
Visit 2 floating islands of Uros
DAY 1: 10:00
Departure from boat to Amantani
DAY 1: 13:00
Arrival at Puerto de la Isla Amantani
DAY 1: 14:00
Lunch with local family
DAY 1: 16:00
Walk to Pachamama/Pachatata
DAY 1: 18:00
Dinner at the family home
DAY 1: 20:00
DAY 2: 08:00
Departure from Port of Amantani
DAY 2: 09:00
Arrival at northern Taquile
DAY 2: 10:30
Arrival at the main square
DAY 2: 12:00
DAY 2: 13:15
Return from Taquile to Puno
DAY 2: 15:30
Arrival in Puno and transfers to hotels
- Transfer hotel / port / hotel
- Uros, Amantani, and Taquile island tickets
- Motor boat with toilet facilities
- 1 nights' accommodation in a family home (Amantani)
- 1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast on Amantani
- 1 lunch on Taquile
- Bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
- Traditional totora boat ride ( optional – not included)
- A supplementary charge of US$ 5.00 per person for pick up from the following hotels: Libertador, Casa Andina Private Collection, Eco Inn, Posada del Inka, José Antonio
- Night-time temperatures on the island can drop as low as -10˚c (bring warm clothes!)
- 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 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.
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 then 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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