Day by Day
At 7:45 a.m. we will pick you up from your accommodation in Puno and transfer you to the Puno harbour. We will start our tour from there by taking a motorized boat over Lake Titicaca to the Uros Floating Islands. Centuries ago, the small indigenous Uros tribe invented the islands and used them as a way to isolate and protect themselves from rival tribes, the Collas and the Incas. The Uros people harvested the reeds in the shallows of the lake, bundled them together tightly and built floating island platforms complete with reed houses and canoes, creating in this way their own little world. On the islands, our local guide will tell us about the life style and customs of the Uru culture, which dates back to Pre-Incan times. After strolling around the amazing floating Islands, we will continue our journey towards Taquile Island (this will take approximately 2 hours), a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces.
The Taquile population was relatively isolated from the mainland until the 1950s. Taquileños, as the locals are called, run their society based on community collectivism and a set of Incan moral codes. The weaving tradition of the Taquile Island goes back to early civilizations, thus keeping elements from pre-Inca Andean cultures alive in the present. All weaving is done on pre-Inca fixed and pedal looms. The most characteristic garments are the so-called “Chullo”, a knitted hat with an earflap, and “The Calendar Waistband”, depicting the annual cycles connected to ritual and agricultural activities. When we reach the shores of Taquile Island, we will have to walk up along a narrow path, enjoying on the way impressive views of Lake Titicaca and the gorgeous little houses inhabited by the direct decedents of the Inca Culture. Here you will have the option of trying the local cuisine for lunch. After lunch, we will descent to the harbour to take our boat back to Puno. We will be back in Puno at approximately 5:00 p.m.
Price: US $ per person
Entrance Tickets: All of the sites visited on this tour require the Tourist Ticket. You can purchase this ticket at your first stop for 70 soles for a one day pass, or 130 soles for the 10 day pass..
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR:
- A professional bilingual tour guide
- Pick up from your hotel in Puno and transfer to the Puno harbour
- Drop off at your hotel in Puno at the end of the tour
- Entrance fees to the Uros islands
- First Aid Kit including an emergency oxygen bottle
NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR:
- Tips for the guide
- Hotel in Puno
- Breakfast and dinner on the day of the tour
- Water and other drinks
Small day pack
- A warm Jacket
- Rain Jacket
- Extra cash for lunch/souvenirs