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Puno & Titicaca Lake

A classic tour from Puno to Lake Titicaca to see its famous UNESCO-listed Uros & Taquile islands.

Overview

Begin a captivating journey from Puno to the timeless cultural and natural wonders of the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca. In just three days, this meticulously curated tour will expose you to the captivating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty that define Puno and Lake Titicaca.

Prepare to be awe-struck by the mystical Sillustani graves, an ancient pre-Inca cemetery that stands on the tranquil shores of Lake Umayo. This initial encounter with the region’s rich history and heritage sets the tone for the days to come. The heart of your exploration however, awaits on the azure expanse of Lake Titicaca. Known as the “Cradle of the World” and “the Birthplace of the Incas” in Inca Mythology, it was believed that the supreme god of the Incas, Viricocha, emerged from the lake’s deep waters.

Your first destination is the extraordinary Uros floating islands, where the indigenous Uros people have ingeniously lived for centuries upon the reed beds that form the basis of these enchanting islands. Dive into their captivating world as you explore their traditional homes, and adorn their vibrant costumes. Don’t miss the opportunity to embark on a reed raft adventure between islands.

Next, you’ll experience the captivating Taquile Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its textiles. Discover the island’s allure through a stroll among ancient agricultural terraces and Inca ceremonial sites. Engage with the island’s vibrant inhabitants who proudly don their distinctive clothing while sharing their cultural traditions and textile creation secrets. Lunch is a communal experience, accompanied by local dances and melodies that allow you to truly immerse yourself in the authenticity of Lake Titicaca’s culture.

From the intriguing Sillustani graves to the living traditions of the Uros and Taquile islanders, every moment promises an enriching encounter. Embrace the warmth of the locals, the stunning vistas of the lake, and the rhythmic pulse of traditions that have withstood the test of time. This tour is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the captivating charm of Puno and Lake Titicaca – an adventure that lingers in the heart long after the journey ends.

Itinerary & Prices

All itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in river and tributary water levels) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s or your guide's discretion.

3 Day - Puno & Titicaca Lake
itinerary map

Welcome to Puno

Upon arrival in Puno, you will be transferred from Juliaca Airport to your hotel, visiting the Sillustani graves, a pre-Inca cemetery on the shores of Lake Umayo, along the way.

Overnight at selected hotel in Puno.

Meals: (x)

Location
Puno
Day
1 / 3

Lake Titicaca: Uros & Taquile Islands

We pick up passengers from the hotel lobby (if your chosen hotel is in the city) or El Sol Avenue (if your chosen hotel is lakeside) and transfer them to the port of Puno at the previously agreed time by mototaxi.

Our first visit will be to the floating islands of the Uros, about 30 minutes from Puno by motorboat. On these islands we find the ethnic group that arrived in Puno some 3700 years ago that have survived thanks to their ability to live upon the reed beds the islands are made of. Approximately two thousand inhabitants live on 100 such islands.

During the tour two islands are visited, the first is the most traditional, where the natives will show you how the islands were built, and provide a fascinating insight into their daily way of life. You can visit their houses, take photos dressed in their traditional costumes, and they will show you their handicrafts, characterized by embroidery and basketry based on reeds. They will even offer you a ride on a reed raft to reach the second island if you so wish.

Later we arrive at Taquile, a larger, permanent island recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its icogonography-laden textiles representing the islanders’ customs, calendars, and festivities.

We begin our island tour with a walk to visit ancient agricultural terraces and the vestiges of Inca ceremonial sites, all surrounded by the colorful costume-clad locals and stunning lake scenery with its backdrop of snow-capped mountains of the Illimani mountain range.

Lunch is shared with local community members accompanied by native dances and music, as guests get a greater insight into the rich culture present on Lake Titicaca. We return to the port of Puno to take you back to your hotel.

Overnight at selected hotel in Puno.

Meals: (B, L)

Location
Titicaca Lake
Day
2 / 3

Farewell Puno

At the scheduled time, you will be transferred from your hotel back to Puno Airport.

Meals (B)

Location
Puno
Day
3 / 3
1 / 3

Accommodations

Hotel Options

4 Star

Sonesta Posada del Inca - Puno

Lake Titicaca
a hotel at lake titicaca shore
4 Star

Casa Andina Premium Puno

Lake Titicaca
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