Lake Titicaca is often called the highest navigable lake in the world, with a surface elevation of 3,812 metres (12,507 ft). Surrounded by the beautiful snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Real in Bolivia and of an azure often compared to the Mediterranean, Lake Titicaca is one of Peru’s natural treasures. Not only a unique sight, it offers some very exciting cultural experiences on Lake Titicaca’s islands of Amantani, and Taquile, not to mention the floating islands of Uros.
Surrounded by snowcapped peaks, and sparkling clear in the high atlitude air, Lake Titicaca is a sight not easily forgotten. What better way to experience it than silently gliding in a kayak along its surface? This is a truly unique Lake Titicaca tour.
This morning you will be picked up early from your hotel to transfer to the port to board a motor boat to visit the floating islands of Uros. After 2 hours and 20 minutes of navigation by boat, you will meet the staff of Titicaca Kayak Company in Santa Maria – Luquina. After the safety briefing from the specialized kayak guide, you will get dressed with the kayak equipment and then paddle at open lake for 7km towards Taquile Island where you can observe the immensity and beauty of Lake Titicaca, arriving to the shores of Taquile Island at 12:30 pm.
Taquile is an enchanting island not only for its natural beauty but for its incredibly cultural heritage. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this small island is home to some of the world’s best knitters and weavers and is one of the few places that tourists visit where traditional dress is still used, not for the tourists but because these communities are holding on tightly to their traditional way of live. You will have lunch at one of the local families’ restaurants (not included approximately S/25.) and will have a 3 hour motorboat ride to return to Puno arriving at approx. 5.30pm.
*Please note that it is posible to extend this to a 2-day Experience with a homestay. Please contact us for details.
Are you looking for a more in-depth way to visit Lake Titicaca? More than simply a tour? This is it. At 13,500 feet, Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest commercially navigable body of water. The Incas believed it was the cradle of civilisation – the place where all life began. It is a very special place dotted with islands that have unique living cultures and traditions, three of which will be visited on this tour.
You will be picked up from your hotel and will travel to the port. Here you will be able to buy snacks for the next couple of days and if you like, to purchase a small gift for the family. If you would like to do this please purchase something useful such as cooking oil, fruits or sunblock for the kids as you will notice the intensity of the sun keeps the kids’ cheeks constantly burnt. Do not buy anything sweet as they do not have access to dental facilities and toothpaste is not part of their culture.
The first stop is the famous manmade Uros Reed Islands, where our local guide from the island will explain the unique way of life of the people who live here. From here you will leave the Bay of Puno and sail across the main body of the lake to the Island of Amantani. This is a stunning, little island dotted with eucalyptus trees, beautiful rock formations and the always-impressive Andean terracing.
After disembarking from the boat, you will be met by your host family who will lead you to your home for the evening. These houses are very rustic and very cold at night so it is a good thing that you will receive 3 or 4 heavy wool blankets to keep you warm. (You may want to bring a sleeping bag liner for this evening.) The toilets are generally outhouses and there is only electricity at certain times but this is how they live and the reason for spending a night in their home.
They will provide you with lunch* and your guide will let you know what time you are going to meet that afternoon. You will have the opportunity to see the community and to explore the island. In the evening there is the chance to listen to traditional music from the area before enjoying the complete silence that is only available in remote settlements such as this.
Accommodation: Basic homestay
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
*Please note that some families may not dine with you. The shyness of the Andean people and the language barrier can lead to uncomfortable situations and most families prefer to avoid this by dining separately.
**Also note that many families sell woven goods as an additional means of income. Please do NOT feel obliged to purchase anything.
After saying our good-byes to our host families, we’ll head for Taquile Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized for their intricate weaving and knitting techniques. Visiting this Island is like stepping back in time as people have only recently benefitted from running water although not all families have it and most have no electricity or have solar-powered generators. Here we will learn about the age-old traditions of the Islanders and enjoy a fresh trout lunch provided by one of the local families and paid directly to them. After lunch we will walk back to the port and take in the amazing panoramas on all sides of the island before returning to Puno for the evening.