PUNO is the capital of the region located approximately 7 hours from the city of Cusco. It is one of the highest cities in Peru, and it overflows with culture and history. Acclimatization is important before taking this venture! The most impressive attraction is Lake Titicaca, the floating islands, Sillustani, its chulpas, among many other highlights.
Lake Titicaca has long been considered a sacred place among natives and indigenous people. Lake Titicaca is a dazzling sight; its deep azure waters seemingly extend forever across the altiplano, under the profound and wide sky at an elevation of 3800mt/11400ft. It is the world’s highest navigable lake which has been inhabited for thousands of years. Some islands like the Uros are made of a plant which grows on the banks that is called Totora.
As improbable as it sounds, the Urus people of lake Titicaca lived on floating islands made by hand from totora (reed) that grows in abundance in the shallow waters of the lake. This unusual practice started at the time of the pre-Incas and the Incas themselves. They used reed handmade boats to slip away from their attackers. Today there are about 45 floating islands where the main economic activity is the tourism. They are located about 30 minutes away from the city of Puno.
DAY 1: PUNO – UROS ISLANDS – AMANTANI ISLAND
After having breakfast in your hotel, the tour leader will pick you up and take you to the port of Puno. From there you will have a 30minute boat ride. There are fantastic views of the lake crossing to the floating islands. The locals will welcome and show you the island and the products they weave. Take a 3 hour boat ride to get to Amantani Island by 2.30 pm where we arrive at our destination. Our guide will introduce us to the local families who are going to share their homes with us. After lunch we will hike for one hour up to the mountain called Pachataita (Mother Father) which is located at 4400mts above sea level. There is an amazing view of the sunset over the lake and a chance to relax and enjoy the fresh air. After we will come back to the houses for dinner and then you will have the opportunity to dress in traditional clothes provided by the locals and go to the local school to have a party.
- Accomodation: Local home
- Meals: Dinner
DAY 2: AMANTANI ISLAND – TAQUILE ISLAND – PUNO
We will have an early breakfast with our local family, take the boat for two hours to arrive at Taquile island. The inhabitants still live according to their ancestral traditions and dress with gorgeous coloured traditional ropes. They are also famous for the magnificent weavings that the men accomplish. We will have some time to learn about ancestral farming technics and try to use a few inca tools. Lunchtime in a typical restaurant, take the boat back to Puno and your hotel for the end of the Tour.
- Meals: Breakfast
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Private transfer from the hotel in Puno to the port
- Official English-Speaking guide
- Touristic motor boat with guide
- Stay with a local family, 4 participants per each local family
- All meals
- Optional party organised by locals to show their dance and music
- Optional 2 hours of trekking on the first day, from the local family to the Pachataita temple (4200m). On the second day you will have another opportunity to walk from the north to south side of Taquile Island.
- Entrance fee to the Reserve of Lake Titicaca (be careful some travel agencies don’t include this ticket to the reservation).
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Breakfast of the first day and dinner of the last day
- Tips for the guide and the boat driver
***The Puno Lake Titicaca Tour and price is only for our clients who have booked any 2, 3, 4, 5 days or more tour or trek with SAM Travel.
***Our standard lake Titicaca tour from Cusco 2D/1N includes an overnight at the Amantani Island in a home stay and is available on any day with a minimum of 2 persons.
US$55 per person
***The transfer from Puno to the airport of Juliaca is US$27 per person for a private service.
***SAM Travel Peru has the best options and prices for the Lake Tititcaca tour in Puno
WHY CHOOSE SAM TRAVEL
SAM (initials of Saul Alvarez Montalvo) Travel Peru is a family owned travel agency and direct local tour operator based in Cusco with personal experience over many years of trekking. SAM Travel Peru is a 1oo% Cusquenian Company without any shareholders.
My dream as the owner was to create small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH QUALITY SERVICE.
We take pride in having a reputation as being a RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator. My staff are my extended family. I ensure they are supported financially by paying them a good wage. I am proud of my team without them I couldn’t give the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients.
In an effort to provide a more personalised service to our passengers, we in SAM Travel Peru have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This fact alone sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.
OUR SOCIAL PROJECTS
SAM Travel Peru has always believed that we should “give back” to the communities we pass through on our treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment in responsible tourism, we socially support and employee from these communities.
SAM Travel Peru is proud to be able to support these beautiful people, not only in hiring them for work but to bring things back to grassroots, to share in their home and families. This makes us happy to have a holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!
A beautiful reflection of our attitude in everything we do, is that we wish to make life richer and more meaningful for all involved.
WHAT TO BRING
• Good day pack.
• Hat, gloves, scarf, thermals.
• Sun cream, sun glasses, hat.
• Good camera.
• Warm clothes as this place is very cold.
• Good boots and sandals,
• Flash light very important.
• No sleeping bag needed.
• Rain poncho if it is rainy season.
• Take some gifts for local family such as sugar, rice, oil or school supplies , please dont take candies.