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Titilaka Lodge: Excursions

Peru– 3 or 4-Day Lake Titicaca Tour

Lake Titicaca Excursions

The simple mention of Lake Titicaca transports one to a spectacular and mystical world. At more than 12,000 feet above sea level and set between the Peruvian and Bolivian border, Lake Titicaca, birthplace of the Incan civilization, does just so. In this unique landscape, and amidst sinuating roads, Titilaka lodge has found refuge on a private peninsula. Set at the shores of Lake Titicaca, Titilaka offers splendid views of the lake while integrating the area’s historic legacy and unbounded nature into its guest experience. Uncover the wealth of local culture, history, nature, and neighboring communities around the lake and lodge through our wide array of activities and outings. These bespoke excursions are designed to meet your interests and capabilities, and can range from short to full day land or lake outings. We offer two key full-day outings, which include the main attractions on land and on the water, as well as a number of shorter visits to complement these. Except for the crossings to Bolivia, which require previous booking and excursions to and from the airport, all daytrips and activities are available daily. Based on your interests and abilities, our experienced guides will help you prepare an optimized travel plan for your stay with us.


Islands of Lake Titicaca Excursion

Explore the Uros floating islands and the Island of Taquile on this full-day trip, one of our most popular excursions. Neither land, sky, or water, but rather at the intersection of the three, Totora, or junco reed roots, serve as unique building material for the floating islands of the Uros Titino communities of Lake Titicaca. The Islands of Lake Titicaca excursion brings our guests close to the islands’ Uro-Aymara communities, providing a unique opportunity to grow personally acquainted with the men –skilled reed raftsmen–, and women, - expert weavers famous for their craft–, as well as the ancestral techniques used to keep their islands afloat, among other aspects of their remarkable heritage. In Taquile, for example, guests will experience the Quechua imagination in the textile weavings unique to the area and recently included in UNESCO’s Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Enjoy lunch outdoors as you treat yourself to the grandeur of Puno’s deep blue skies mirrored across Lake Titicaca with views of Bolivia’s Cordillera Real, or Royal mountain Range, in the background.

Duration: 7-9 hrs
Difficulty Level: I, II
Frequency: Daily
Schedule: Morning Meals Snack, lunch, and beverages Attractions Geography, birds, natural beauty, traditional customs Highlight(s) Taquile’s textiles, a UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity; unique Totora reed floating islands.
Recommended for Children

 

Aymara Route Excursion

The Aymara Route excursion, spanning a whole day, entails growing acquainted with the geography, neighboring communities, nature, and privileged views of the Chucuito peninsula and Acora. Delve into pre-Incan times in the legends and stories your guide will offer and learn about Lake Titicaca’s importance in the local worldview and means of subsistence. Grow closely acquainted with the unique interconnectedness of man and nature surviving to this day. Be it by car, on a bike, or by foot, make your way through the paths meandering through open fields and pastures. Reaching the privileged views of natural lookouts, enjoy the lake’s extensive reach. As part of the excursion, guests will see the lodge’s neighboring communities and locals engaging in daily labors, birds in their varying ecosystems, archeological remains, and astonishing landscapes. Along the way, stop and enjoy your specially prepared lunch in the company of the lake’s calm and majestic views.

Duration: 7-9 hrs

Difficulty Level: I, II

Frequency: Daily

Schedule: Morning Meals Snack, lunch, and on-field beverages Attractions Geography, birds, customs, and archaeology Highlight Beautiful scenery and examples of lake lifestyles

Recommended for Children

 

 

 Lake Titicaca

EN ROUTE EXCURSIONS (to and from the Juliaca Airport)

Excursion to Lampa

On the way to or from the airport, stop and see Lampa, a colonial-period architectural gem and previous Spanish colonial stronghold in the area.

Known as the ‘Pink City’ for the lively coloration of its town walls, Lampa invites travelers to visit its church, old mansions, and squares. Renown in the region for its architecture, the Lampa church is the only local temple built exclusively for the use of Spanish landowners. Explore its mysterious catacombs and impressive replica of Michelangelo’s “La Pietá.”

Duration 1-3 hrs

Difficulty level I

Frequency Daily (en route to and from the Juliaca airport)

Schedule Morning and Afternoon

Meals Snack, or lunch, and beverages 

Attractions Geography, birds, architecture, art, and communities 

Highlight The church’s art, architecture, and catacombs

Recommended for Children

 

Excursion to Sillustani

Perhaps the region’s largest and most important pre-Hispanic funeral ground, the archeological complex of Sillustani provides evidence to the area’s rich past while offering visitors privileged views of Lake Umayo. 

Host to a number of chullpas, or ancient funerary tower-like structures, built exclusively to house the remains of nobles and distinguished individuals, Sillustani is among the best kept archaeological sites in the area. Sillustani provides visitors with a range of chullpas in varying architectural forms resulting from changing time periods and power shifts of peoples like the Pucara, Kolla, and Incas.  Note, for example, the pre-Incan towers’ rustic appearance and smaller size in comparison to the Incan period’s larger and more sophisticated chullpas. Made up of rocks weighing between 2 and 6 tons, the largest tower in the complex, known as the Lizard Tower, is estimated to have taken over 50 years to build. 

Combining archeology, history, and unforgettable views, Sillustani is a must-see location.

Duration 1-3 hrs

Difficulty level II

Frequency Daily (en route to and from the Juliaca airport)

Schedule Morning and Afternoon

Meals Snack or lunch, and beverages 

Attractions Geography, birds, local traditions, and archeology

Highlight The region’s best kept chullpas, or funerary towers; beautiful views of nearby Lake Umayo

Recommended for Children

 

 

SHORT EXCURSIONS

Colonial Temples Visit

Stop and explore the epicenter of the region’s evangelizing mission of indigenous peoples during the Spanish conquest in Puno’s Juli and Pomata churches, this last one used as a model in the construction of other South-American colonial-period temples. Located between Cuzco and the historic mining town of Potosí, these religious centers are at the intersection of millenary cultural legacies, the mining rush, and the clash of faiths. 

As the evangelizing fervor spread and competition for followers and acknowledgment grew fiercer in the region, six churches were built by request of rival Catholic congregations. Harboring the construction of four churches in the XVI and XVII centuries, the town of Juli came to be known as the “Little Rome of America,” while Pomata grew famous for its baroque church, built entirely out of red pumice stone, or piedra pómez roja. 

The churches display impressive architecture, including gold leaf altars –a technique unique to the time–, as well as notable paintings of the vice regal period and large bells which can still be heard to this day. Recently restored, these offer a journey into the past, one you’ll be able to enjoy peacefully, seeing as travelers rarely make it here. On your way back, you’ll see the mysterious Aramu Muru, or Wilka Uta portal, a human-sized rectangular frame carved into a massive red rock, similar to sandstone. The mystical Aramu Muru was previously used as a holy site for rituals to the Sun god or Inti during the time of the Incas. 

Duration 4-5 hrs

Difficulty level I

Frequency Booking required

Schedule Morning

Meals Snack, picnic, and beverages

Attractions Geography, birds, local traditions, and archaeology

Highlight Churches, history, and art

 

Colla Route Trek

The Colla Route, part of the original network of Incan roadways, runs through the rocky mountain area near the lodge.

Leaving early in the morning, the traveler has numerous route options to choose from along the Colla Route or up to the Titilaka Archway. While walking, you’ll be able to enjoy views of the area and Bolivia’s impressive Cordillera Real, or Royal Mountain Range. Continue onto the Hilarata Summit, where you will be rewarded with amazing views of Lake Titicaca and the Altiplano below where the Santa Rosa and Thunuhuaya communities are located. Allow Lagoon Chatuma, where locals hold rituals and ceremonies to this day, to surprise you with its beauty.

Duration 4-5 hrs

Difficulty level II, III

Frequency Booking required 

Schedule Morning

Meals Snack, picnic and beverages

Attractions Geography, communities

Highlight Privileged panoramic views of up to 90% of the lake

Suggested for Children above 12

 

Birdwatching

Accompanied by our specialized guides, you’ll be led in detecting, identifying, and even mimicking bird songs as you attempt to establish an exchange with native species. As part of your experience, you’ll visit different ecosystems where you’ll be able to find a wide range of local birds. 

Explore the excellent birdwatching in the conserved protected wetland near the lodge. A member of the RAMSAR Convention on wildlife, this neighboring protection site is home to some 103 species of migratory and residential birds, several of which are only native to this area. 

Departing early in the morning or late in the afternoon, you’ll find birds leaving for breakfast or returning home for a night’s rest. Some species are highly recognizable on account of their colorful feathers while others are harder to spot in the opaque and subdued tones of their plumages, a protective measure ensuring camouflage from prey. Depending on the season, you’ll be able to see flamingos and Great crested grebes, among other species.

Duration 4-5 hrs

Difficulty level II

Frequency Booking required

Schedule Morning and Afternoon

Meals Snack and beverages

Attractions Geography, birds

Highlight Great crested grebes, or the Zambullidor del Titicaca, an endangered native bird at risk of extinction 

 

Marketplace Visit (only Saturdays and Sundays)

The people of the Peruvian Altiplano are faithful to many historic traditions, among them, bartering or trading as a main form of payment and commerce. Sunday is host to the trading of agricultural products, with a colorful display of a variety of potatoes, quinoa, chuño, among other local goods not seen elsewhere.

The Marketplace Visit offers a unique opportunity to participate in the lively shopping  experience of the local people. Gathering inhabitants from Lake Titicaca, neighboring areas, as well as visitors to the area, participate in this lively dynamic as you peruse the unique species in your trip to the market.

Duration 1-3 hrs

Difficulty level I

Frequency Saturdays and Sundays (en route)

Schedule Morning 

Meals Snack and beverages

Attractions Local traditions and communities

Highlight Exploring a traditional Andean market; witnessing the pre-Incan tradition of bartering

Recommended for Children

 

Local Festivities (according to Festivities Calendar)

Known as the Peruvian Capital of Folklore, Puno is host to some of the region’s most renowned traditional festivals. Among the most celebrated and popular, the feast of the Virgin of la Candelaria, declared Intangible and Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO boasts over 360 pre and post-colonial dances. Weaving together a unique version of local history, this festival is held each February and gathers around 40,000 people. Storming Puno’s streets with vibrant dance and lively traditional wear made solely for the celebration, the Virgin of la Candelaria is the region’s most representative celebration.

Titilaka has identified 12 local feasts near the lodge, and if your stay with us coincides with any of them, our guides will gladly assist you in enjoying these. Be among the few travelers who have experienced these typical Peruvian traditions. 

Duration 1-3 hrs

Difficulty level I

Frequency According to Festivals Calendar

Schedule Morning or Afternoon

Meals Snack and beverages

Attractions Folklore, music, dancing and local traditions

Highlight The Virgin of la Candelaria feast, recognized worldwide; typical dress and dances from the area.

Recommended for Children


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