Journey to the renowned Uros Island
Learn about the locals' culture and how they still use their ancient techniques to survive
Enjoy a traditional fresh lunch with one of the lake's indigenous families
Enjoy an exciting day out on the incredible Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world! Journey out to the mystical Uros Floating Islands, constructed from totora reed by the people who live on them. Understand the way of live and culture of these islanders, and kayak on the nearby blue waters. Visit another special community on the remote mainland island of Taquile, and enjoy the natural beauty and scenery you’ll discover here.
All year round
Puno hotel and hostel pick up
Puno hotel and hostel drop off
The adventure gets off to an early start, with pick up from your lodging at 6:30am. You’ll travel to Isla Esteves, where you’ll be fully prepared by your guide, and be given the kayak equipment, ready to begin navigating. Journey on the scenic Lake Titicaca, and take in the beautiful surroundings, as you make your way to Uros Island, a 1 hour trip.
Expect a warm welcome from the friendly locals, and gain an insight into the everyday lives of these people, as your guide explains their traditions and culture. Wander around, chat to the islanders, and relax in the tranquil environment.
Your journey continues onto the serene Taquile. This place is more remote than Uros, and is a mainland island, 1 hour and 15 minutes away by boat. Wander up to the main square, and discover the lovely textiles produced by the talented local community, named as "intangible cultural heritage of mankind" by UNESCO. Meet the friendly inhabitants, understand their culture, and visit the main attractions. After, enjoy a typical meal in a nearby restaurant, and enjoy the last spectacular island views, before returning to the port.
Board the boat at around 2:30pm, and end your trip as you arrive at 5:30pm to the city of Puno.
Note: This tour does not require kayaking experience.
An extra $5 charge will apply for transfers to hotels outside of the city of Puno (Casa Andina Private Collection, Posada del Inka, Posada Ecco, Libertador, Jose Antonio)
Pick up from your hotel/hostel
Departure from Puno to Uros Island by kayak
Arrival in Uros Island
Departure from Uros Island to Taquile
Arrival to Taquile Island
Departure to Puno
Arrival to Puno
- Hotel/hostel pick up and drop off
- Kayak briefing
- Kayak equipment
- Boat and support staff
- Professional, bilingual kayak guide (Spanish-English)
- Entrance Tickets
- Lunch (quinoa soup and fried trout, vegetarian option: vegetable tortilla)
- An extra $5 charge will apply for transfers to hotels outside of the city of Puno (Casa Andina Private Collection, Posada del Inka, Posada Ecco, Libertador, Jose Antonio)
- Extra clothing to change into
- Warm clothing
- Extra money for personal expenses
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: It is FREE to change the tour date before 6:00 pm (Lima time) 2 days before the tour begins.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel before 6:00 pm (Lima time) 2 days before the tour begins 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 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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