This tour allows you to see the amazing floating Uros Islands and the larger Taquile Island of Lake Titicaca in one day. On this tour, you will see the best of this high altitude lake in a short amount of time. You will learn about the construction of the Uros islands and the lives of the people who live on them. You will also learn about the fascinating culture of the people of Taquile island. This tour is great for people who want to see Lake Titicaca, but have limited time in the area.
Places you will visit on this tour:
Uros Floating Islands
Tours leave every Monday – Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
At 7:00 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 $30 per person
Average group size: 16 people
Included / Not Included
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
- Tips for the guide
- Hotel in Puno
- Breakfast and dinner on the day of the tour
- Water and other drinks
What you need to bring:
- A warm Jacket
- Rain Jacket
- Extra cash for lunch/souvenirs
As Inti Sun Trek does not have an operating office in Puno, for this tour, you will be transferred to another company local to Puno. Inti Sun Trek always do its best to ensure that the other companies are trustworthy and able to provide an enjoyable experience for its clients.
What time does the tour depart and return?
The tour departs at 7:00 a.m. and returns at 5:00 p.m.
What places will I visit on the tour?
You will visit the floating islands Urus and the island of Taquile.
How long is the boat trip from Puno to Urus?
It takes approximately 1 hour to get to the Urus islands and 3 hours to go from Urus to Taquile.
Is lunch included?
Yes, you will eat in a local restaurant in Taquile.
How long will I spend on each island?
You spend 2 hours on Urus and 3 hours in Taquile, where you have lunch.
How high are the islands?
The islands are 3800 metres/12,468 feet above sea level.