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Lake Titicaca Overnight Tour of Uros, Amantani and Taquile Islands offers an in depth orientation of culture and tradition of remote communities.
Lake Titicaca, that straddles the border between Peru and Bolivia is the world’s highest navigable lake. It has a shape of a Puma. Due to lack of pollution, the water on this lake is clean and offers a fantastic view.
We have designed this itinerary exclusively for those wanting to experience something off the touristic track. This two days Lake Titicaca Trip offers a lifetime experience. You will be meeting and interacting with people from remote communities who have preserved their age old traditions and customs. Unlike in Cusco and most of other regions in Peru, locals continue to converse in Quechua. However, on these islands – especially on Amantani and Taquile islands people speak Aymara.
Although these three islands are in the vicinity of Puno, they culture and life on all these islands are different from the other.
On this 2 days tour of Lake Titicaca, you will also be doing a homestay with a local family on Amantani island. This will give you an opportunity to have a fist hand experience of their traditions, customs and culture.
Join us in exploring the world’s highest lake on our Lake Titicaca Overnight Tour.
Puno Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel between 0730 and 0800 AM. Then we will transfer you to the boat pier in our private transfer. Before embarking, we will stop at a nearby market so you can buy some water and snacks, if needed.
Once you settle down, our guide will introduce himself and give you a safety demonstration. Please note that all our boats are have an onboard toilet.
We will then embark on a short boat ride (25 minutes) to the floating islands of Uros. This is quite an unique and the most photographed island on Lake Titicaca. As the boat would dock in, the locals would extend a warm welcome to the place they call their home.
Our guide will explain their life on this island. He/She will also give you an in-depth information of how this island is made and how it came to existence. Then the head of the family will share a couple of words in their native language, Aymara. He/She will also demonstrate how they build the island.
Once you have had your fill of this floating islands, you can embark on a special boat, made entirely of totora straw to the major island. It costs 10 Soles (goes to the welfare of these island dwellers).
From the main island, we will continue our trip to Amantani. Since this is a little long ride, you can make the most of it by getting a panoramic view of the enormous lake from the upper deck. Once we reach Amantani, the guide will divide the group so you can be accommodated in a family home. The head of each family will receive you at the pier and will escort you to their house. They will show you your respective room. We accommodate our guests in a private room.
After relishing on lunch with the local family, you can grab a siesta. Later in the evening, we will meet and walk up to two renowned peaks – Pachatata and Pachamama. These sacred peaks offer a fantastic view of sunset on Lake Titicaca.
Then you will be returning to the family home for dinner. After dinner, the head of the family will assist you in getting dressed in their local attire for a local Andean music fest in the community hall. This is completely optional. You can also stay back and rest.
At 0700 AM, the local family will serve breakfast. Then they will escort you back to the boat pier. You will be boarding the boat to Taquile. Upon docking in the pier of Taquile, our guide will give you a brief of the life here. From the boat pier its a 45 minutes uphill walk to the main Plaza. You will have a fantastic view of the enormity of the lake from the plaza.
Taquile island is home to textiles. Men here do knitting. Taquileños have preserved their traditions. Infact they continue to maintain the traditional attire which is different for single and married men and women. Our guide will explain this in detail.
We will then stop at a local restaurant, overlooking the lake for lunch. After lunch, we will walk down to the pier. We will then start our return trip to Puno. At approximately 0400 PM our boat will dock in Puno.