PUNO – TITIKAKA & FLOATING ISLANDS 4DAYS/3NIGHTS
This program will allow you to submerge into the living culture of the Andean people. Be part of this in depth cultural experience visiting the floating islands located at the Titikaka Lake (the highest navigable lake of the world), the people who live at these islands keep their ancestral techniques and traditions. You will visit the Uros, Amantani and Taquile islands with its impressive views of the sacred lake.
DAY 1: PUNO IN:
Our representative of the agency will be waiting for you at Juliaca´s airport, so once you arrive, you will be transferred to Puno city (the transfer will take 1 hour), and in the route you will have amazing views of the highland landscape and the Titicaca Lake surroundings. Accommodation at the hotel.
Leisure time to rest and acclimatize to the altitude.
Overnight in Puno:
DAY 2: FLOATING ISLANDS: UROS – AMANTANI: 2DAYS/1NIGHT:
Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and then transferred to the harbor. We start off our boat excursion of Lake Titicaca by visiting “The Uros Floating Islands” which is located at 30 minutes from Puno; Uros is a small community that has lived on these reed Islands for decades. They used the TOTORA (reeds) to build their floating island platforms and over it they build the houses completely with reeds; also this material was used to build their canoes.
After visiting this floating Island, we continue our tour towards Amantani Island where we will spend the night. There are no hotels on Amantani Islands, but upon arrival you will be welcomed by local families; the group will be splitted into smaller groups for overnight stays with local families.
It is very beautiful and peaceful island; there are six villages and ruins on both of the island’s peaks, Pacha Tata and Pacha Mama, we will walk up to Pacha Mama from where there are stunning views of the lake and surroundings.
Your local familiy will provide traditional clothing at the house; men are given ponchos and wooly hats, the hats are hand-made by the families, with unique styles, so that they can recognize you in the hall. Women are given colorful skirts, blouses and veils.
Overnight in a familiar house.
DAY 3: AMANTANI – TAQUILE – PUNO:
After a traditional breakfast, you will be transferred to Taquile Island (1 hour on boat); in Taquile we will appreciate numerous ancient agricultural terraces and archaeological sites.
The island is narrow, only about 1 km wide, and 6-7 km long; once you reach the island you will have to walk up along a narrow path, enjoying on the way impressive views of the Lake Titicaca and also see gorgeous little houses inhabited by locals. At the top of the island you will have free time to explore and appreciate the traditional pre-Inca and Inca textiles; the most characteristic garments is the “Chullo”, a knitted hat with an earflap, and “The Calendar Waistband”, depicting the annual cycles connected to ritual and agricultural activities.
Afterwards you will have the lunch at one local restaurant; finally we will descent to the harbor to take our boat back to Puno.
Overnight in Puno:
DAY 4: PUNO – AIRPORT OR NEXT DESTINATION:
After breakfast and depending of your flight time to Lima or next destination, transfer to Juliaca´s airport.
We recommend you to take this complete program which includes: Lima – Cusco – Machupicchu – Puno 10days/9hights:
INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED
- Private transportation for the transfers
- Professional bilingual guide
- Meals Mentioned in the itinerary
- Tourist tickets for all the tours
- 2days/1night floating island tour (included entrances) and the activities mentioned in the program.
- Oxygen and first aid kit
- Assistance 24 hours
- Puno (2 nights)
- Amantani island (familiar house) (1 night)
- Aircraft tickets
- Meal not described in the program
- Extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
- Tips and extra expenses
- Travel insurances