Day 1: Pick up from hotel and transfer to the dock to take the boat and start the tour. After 20 minutes of navigation on Titikaka Lake, we arrive to the floating islands of Uros. These islands are entirely made with totora reefs. Living here will find a particular ethnic group, a mixture between the Quechuas and Aymaras. Totora is the main product here; they eat the reefs, use it to build boats and houses, to make fire and cook, to feed their animals and to make some handicraft they could sell to the visitors. After this visit we return to the boat for 3 hours more of navigation on Titikaka lake until Amantani Island. This Island of small farmers requires 1 overnight (home-stay); visitors will face the Andean people reality, by experience with locals, their daily living in a very simple way without running water, electricity and of course no toilets or showers.
Day 2: Breakfast with family in Amantani and transfer by boat to Taquile Island. Upon the arrival we enjoy a 1-hour hike towards the main village. On the way the guide will explain about traditions and live on the island. Once in the main village you will be given free time to explore the local handicraft market.
Taquile has approximately 1,200 inhabitants. The people from this island have a Quechua origin and they are mostly small farmers. However, since mid 70s they have also become well known for their firm entrepreneurial spirit. Since the beginning of the tourism flow to the island, some “Taquilenos” have been participating directly with the tourism activities. Some of them have organized themselves to provide tourism services such as home stays, restaurants and boat transportation.
In the afternoon return to Puno.
Land transportation to the dock
English speaking guide
Accommodation, lunch, dinner and breakfast with a local family in Amantani
Lunch in Taquile
Drinks and extra meals not indicated
Tips and extras