Visit Uros, a small community that has lived on reed islands for decades
Share daily activities with the local families, and join a traditional dance
Travel with professional, bilingual guides
Out on the gleaming waters of the incredible Lake Titicaca sit the famous Floating Islands of Uros, made entirely out of totora reed, a natively growing bulrush plant. Discover the resourcefulness of the islands’ inhabitants, learn about their traditions, and kayak on the highest navigable lake in the world. Voyage to the remote island of Taquile, meet the local community who live here, and gain an understanding of their unique culture.
All year round
9 hours 30 minutes
Puno hotel and hostel pick up
Puno hotel and hostel drop off
GREAT TRIP TITIKAKA
This exciting excursion begins at 5:45am, with a transfer from your hotel to the port, where you’ll cruise the world’s highest navigable lake. Journey to the floating islands of Uros, where you’ll jump into your kayaks and paddle the tranquil, blue waters for about one-and-a-half hours, until you come to the small community of Uros. Climb onto dry land and meet the welcoming locals. Here you’ll learn about their culture and traditions. Visit the native families, see the schoolhouses, and browse the souvenirs on offer.
Wave goodbye to the islanders and hop onto the tour boat to continue your journey. Take in the amazing scenery, as you travel for two-and-a-half hours, before reaching the remote mainland island of Taquile. Here you’ll take a leisurely walk to the main square, noticing the naturally beautiful landscape, and the locals going about their daily lives. Learn about the island’s attractions, meet the inhabitants, and sit down for a delicious lunch, before walking back to the port.
You’ll return to the city of Puno at around 3:45pm.
05:45 - 06:15
Pick up from hotel/hostel
Arrival to Uros Island
Kayaking by Uros Island
Departure to Taquile Island
Arrival to Taquile Island
Lunch in Taquile
Departure from Taquile Island
Arrival in Puno at hotel/hostel
- Transfer hotel-port-hotel
- Bilingual instructor/guide (English and Spanish)
- Speedboat and support staff
- Entrance fees to the islands
- All equipment (Sea Kayak Adventure)
- First aid kit and radio
- Lunch on the island of Taquile
- Drinks and food
- Extra money for personal expenses
- There is 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
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: It is FREE to change the 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 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 when I’m making my booking. What should I select?
This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed, this 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. Select an alternative close by and be ready there for pick-up at the time 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, scarfs (temperatures can reach lows of -10 ̊ C), basics like toilet paper, etc., snacks, personal medications, money for drinks/food/tips.
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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