Squeezed between the mountains of Bolivia and Peru, Lake Titicaca is one of the most fascinating lakes in the world. It is the world's highest navigable lake at over 3800 meters and is a sacred place for the Inca civilization, as their mythology says that the first Inca king, Manco Capac, was born here.
The highlight of this fascinating area is the amazing floating islands of Uros located a 2 hour boat ride from Puno. Built entirely from the special type of giant bulrush, called totora, that grows in the shallows of the lake the inhabitants still follow the traditions going back centuries.
We can arrange an extension to your Machu Picchu trek to visit this region or incorporate this into a longer circuit visiting all of the best of Peru. Our most popular itinerary is set out below but this is just a suggestion. If you are interested give us a call to discuss the fantastic range of options.
DAY 1: FLY TO JULIACA FOR PUNO AND LAKE TITICACA
You will be met at Juliaca Airport and transferred to your hotel in Puno, which takes around 1 hour. The rest of the day will be free time in Puno. If you are arriving by train, the Andean Explorer arrives around 18:00 and you will be met at the train station in Puno.
DAY 2: ISLANDS OF UROS AND TAQUILE ISLAND
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 07.30 hours to be transferred to the port of Puno where you will board a motor boat and travel across the lake for about 40 minutes to visit the floating islands of Uros. Here a family will welcome you, invite you into their homes and explain about their customs and way of life. You will then have time to make a short tour on the reed boats (Totora) around the islands.
You then continue across the lake and after a 3-hour journey arrive at Taquile Island. There, a long gradually ascending path will take you to the village. It takes approximately 50 minutes to walk up to the village to visit the communal cooperative, where you can watch the islanders making traditional textiles and clothing. You have lunch at one of the local restaurants with magnificent views of the surrounding area. After some free time in the afternoon, your guide will take you for a hike to the highest point of the island to watch the sunset.
DAY 3: TAQUILE ISLAND AND RETURN TO PUNO
After breakfast you leave your host family and hike for around 2 hours to the far end of the island, passing through local communities and with some great views across the lake. Your trek will end at a quiet beach, where you have time to relax, and take a swim in this famous lake. Lunch is taken at a restaurant overlooking the beach. You return to Puno, a 3-hour return journey, at about 13.00 hours. Upon arrival at Puno, at approximately 16.00 hours you are transferred to your hotel.
DAY 4: DEPART FROM PUNO
Depending on your itinerary you will be transferred either to Puno station to catch the Andean Explorer train to Cuzco, or to the airport at Juliaca for your flight back to Lima.
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