From Cusco to Puno we can find one of the most amazing roads, going from the Andean Valley up to the ”Alti Plano” (high plateau) where Lake Titicaca is located. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the World at 3856 m.a.s.l. Its shores and islands, such as Amantani and Taquile, are home to the Aymaras and Quechuas, who are amongst Peru’s oldest people, predating the Incas by a thousand years. Here, visitors may wander through old traditional villages where Spanish is a second language and where ancient myths and beliefs are still hold true. Also, very close from Puno we find the famous floating Uros Islands whose inhabitants preserve their traditions and costumes on their handmade reed floating villages.
Cusco – Puno
At 06:15 am, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and transfer you to the private bus station, taking the “Wonder Peru Tourist Bus” to Puno. The tourist bus will be fully equipped with services and a professional English-speaking guide who will inform you about the history and traditions of the natives. For that, we will make some stops along the way at Andahuaylillas (the Sistine Chapel of South America), Rhachi and Puka Pukara (entrance to the 3 sites is not included = total US$12).
Uros Islands and Amantani
We will pick you up early at 07:15 am from the Hotel Imperial and then take you to the local city port. From here, you will be shipped to the floating Uros Islands and then to Amantani Island, where you can watch the pre-Inca temples dedicated to the fertility of the earth (Pachamama and Pachatata).
Located 35 minutes by boat from the port of Puno, the Uros Islands comprise a group of islands mostly made of reed which is also used to make houses and boats. The inhabitants of the Uros Islands are very friendly people who are cordial with visitors.
Amantani, located 36 km. from the port of Puno (three hours by boat), is an island composed of eight communities engaged in the agriculture of corn and quinoa, as well as crafts that are representative for their culture. During this afternoon, you will hike to the top of the island called Pachatata, from where you will have breathtaking views and experiment the very unique sunset with a bright colorful view.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner with the family
Taquile Island – Puno
After having breakfast with your host family, you will be brought to the local harbor where we take a short boat ride to the shores of Taquile island. From here, we will start to hike to the main square, observing the people who are world famous for their intricate and fascinating weavings and community work. Amongst men, it is very easy to identify who is married, single or dating a female – just by the colors of their hat! Also, you will get to know who is important on the island just by the way of what items they wear. You will have lunch in one of the community restaurants and then descend the local port to return to Puno. Arriving to Puno at 03:00 to 04:00 pm in the afternoon, we will finally transfer you to the Hotel Imperial where you will spend the night.
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Note: Please do not give candies or lollies to the kids on the islands! They really appreciate oranges and other fruits as it is impossible to grow them on the islands in these altitudes and it will conserve their teeth and the environment.
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Price US$ 240 per person
Price is based on two people.
Single Person pays +US$ 40.00 for the hotel room in Puno
Exclusive international transaction fees: The amount of the extra transaction fees depends on how the payment is made and on your bank. For further information please don’t hesitate to ask.
Upon request, with each booked tour with Green Peru Adventures, you will receive a free walking tour of the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. You will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.