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The Titicaca Lake is the highest navigable lake in the world (at 3856 m.a.s.l.). Its shores and islands, such as Amantani and Taquile, are home to the Aymaras and Quechuas, who are amongst Peru’s oldest people, predating the Incas by a thousand years. Here, visitors may wander through old traditional villages where Spanish is a second language and where ancient myths and beliefs are still hold true. Located close to Puno, we can find the famous floating Uros Islands where its inhabitants preserve their traditions and costumes on their handmade reed floating villages.
Uros Islands and Amantani
The tour begins at 07:45 am when we will pick you up from your hotel or from the bus terminal (07:00 – 07:30 am), and transport you to the local city port where you will be shipped to the islands by boat.
The tour duration is two days and one night, starting with a visit to the floating Uros Islands and then Amantani Island where you can watch the pre-Inca temples dedicated to the fertility of the earth (Pachamama and Pachatata).
Located 35 minutes by boat from the port of Puno, the Uros Islands comprise a group of islands mostly made of reed which is also used to make houses and boats. The inhabitants of the “Uros” are very friendly people who are cordial with visitors.
Amantani, located 36 km. from the port of Puno (three hours by boat), is an island composed of eight communities engaged in the agriculture of corn and quinoa, as well as crafts that are representative for their culture. During this afternoon, you will hike to the top of the island called Pachatata, from where you will have breathtaking views and experiment the very unique sunset with a bright colorful view.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner with the family
Taquile Island – Puno
After a delicious breakfast with your host family, you will be brought to the local harbor. From here, we will take a short boat ride to the shores of Taquile island, where we will start to hike to the main square, observing the local people being world famous for their intricate and fascinating weavings and community work. Amongst men, it is very easy to identify who is married, single or dating a female – just by the colors of their hat! Also, you will get to know who is important on the island just by the way of what items they wear. You will have lunch in one of the community restaurants and then descend the local port to return to Puno. Arriving to Puno at 03:00 to 04:00 pm in the afternoon, we will finally transfer you to your hotel.
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Note: Please do not give candies or lollies to the kids on the islands! They really appreciate oranges and other fruits as it is impossible to grow them on the islands in these altitudes and it will conserve both their teeth and the environment.
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Price US$ 100 per person
Children under 5 years don’t pay.
Please send us their passport information in a separate mail during your booking.
Exclusive international transaction fees: The amount of the extra transaction fees depends on how the payment is made and on your bank. For further information please don’t hesitate to ask.
Upon request, with each booked tour with Green Peru Adventures, you will receive a free walking tour of the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. You will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.