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Close encounter with wildlife
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small group ensures personal service
Please note: there is a mandatory pre-departure orientation the day before your tour begins.
Day 1: Kayak from Puno to the Uros Floating Islands & Amantani Homestay (L-D)
You will be picked up from your hotel between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and transferred to the shores of Lake Titicaca. Meet your kayaking guide, who will give you a safety briefing and basic paddling instructions.
During the kayak ride in the Titicaca National Reserve, keep an eye out for wildlife on the lake. After paddling for about one hour, arrive at the Uros floating islands, where you can spend about 1.5 hours to exploring this man-made floating reed village. There are more than 50 floating islands, handmade from local reeds, and you will have the chance to visit two of them. On the first floating island, your guide will explain to you about the people who live there the history and culture of the Uros people. Then you will have some free time to walk around, visit the small huts made from reeds, take some pictures and buy a souvenir to support the people of these islands if you wish.
Depart on a 3-hour boat ride to Amantani Island, where you will spend the night with a local family. You will be met by the families at the dock and then taken to their houses to enjoy a delicious lunch with them. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to go on an optional hike up to the highest point of this community which is located at about 13,600 feet (4,150 m) to enjoy the sunset. There you can admire awe-inspiring views of Lake Titicaca, the Cordillera Real mountain range and the Isla del Sol on the Bolivian side of the lake in the distance.
In the evening, after having dinner, the village families will organize a local party for you and dress you up in traditional clothing to enjoy the party and learn how to dance as locals do (optional). Take plenty of pictures of this mix of locals and foreigners all decked-out laughing and dancing together.
Day 2: Taquile Island and Return to Puno (B) Start the day with an early breakfast before saying goodbye to your family and heading over to the neighboring Taquile Island via a 1-hour boat ride. The people who live here are considered they are considered the best weavers of Peru. Take a hike to enjoy the views of the lake, stopping to visit the town square of Taquile and visit the handicraft shops to see the typical weaving.
After enjoying some free time around the square, you will enjoy a typical lunch (own expense). Finish your hike at the second port of the island, where you will take the motorboat back to Puno where your tour will come to an end at around 3:30 p.m.
Hotel pick-up and drop-off (City Center)
Bilingual Tour Guide
Kayak and Equipment
Entrance Fees to the Islands
1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast at family home
Basic dorm-style accommodation with shared bathroom
Transfers from Hotels Located Out of the City (Libertador, Eco Inn, Casa Andina Private Collection, Posada del Inca, Mirador del Titicaca, Taypikala, Yacht, José Antonio)
Lunch on Taquile island
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Pre-departure briefing: Please make time for a mandatory pre-departure briefing at 7pm on the day before your tour at your accommodation in Puno city center. Here you will receive detailed information about your excursion, a list of what to bring, and you will be able to have any questions answered.
Suggestions for Homestay: Sleeping arrangements are basic, you will have a private room but with a shared bathroom. All rooms are in different family homes and may vary in terms of facilities, some houses may not have electricity. Bring with you adequate amounts of water and snacks to avoid paying expensive rates on the islands. Bring enough cash to purchase souvenirs (between 5-20 soles) and extras on the islands. Remember to respect the ecology of the islands, any trash you bring in must be taken out with you upon your departure. Do not take any native plants or rocks from the island (take a picture instead).
What to bring: Warm and light clothing (the temperatures can change very quickly at high altitudes), Torch / flashlight, Sun Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Hiking shoes, Water bottle, Money in soles (very low Exchange rate for dollars), Sleeping bag (optional), Rain jacket / Rain poncho (rainy season from October to March), Small gift for host family to show appreciation (Cooking or kitchen materials, souvenir from your home country or children's books).
NOTE: Please take a SMALL backpack with you on the trip and leave your BIG backpack at your hostel. You will return to Puno after the tour
Centrally located hotels in Puno
Between 7am-8am depending on pickup location. Please reconfirm with local supplier.