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Lake Titicaca Adventure from Cusco 3D/2N

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Group Size Up to 10 People
Max Altitude: 4500 m.s.n.m
Type Service: Group/Private
Transportation: Van, Bus
Difficulty: Mild
Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights

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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.

***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.  

DAY 1: CUSCO – ANDAHUAYLILLAS – RACCHI – LA RAYA – PUNO

We pick you up at your hotel at 6.30am to take you to the bus station (Inca Express or First Class). Both companies provide royal class service with an English-speaking tour guide, and a waiter who is ready to assist you with hot, and cold drinks on board. During the trip, you will stop to visit some Inca ruins, museums and churches, the Andahuaylillas church, which is considered to be the Sistine Chapel of South America because of its amazing frescos. Then we stop at the Racchi Inca ruins, which used to be a religious place and a resting place for the Inca travelers. The next visit is at La Raya, the border between Cusco and Puno, where the most traditional animals of Peru can be seen, such as llamas and alpacas. In Pucara, we will visit a museum where it is possible to see some pre-Inca remains. Finally, by 5.30 pm we arrive in Puno city where our representative will pick you up to take you to your hotel.

  • Hotel: Casa Andina Classic Puno 3***
  • Meals: Lunch

DAY 2:  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 30-minute 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.

  • Accommodation: Local home
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3:  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 colored 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

  • Pick up at your hotel in Cusco and transfer to the bus station.
  • Tourist bus to Puno with English-speaking tour guide.
  • Visit to the ruins along the way.
  • 1 night in hotel & 1 night home stay with family
  • Pick up in Puno bus station and transfer to your hotel.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the port of Puno.
  • Nice boat drive with English-speaking tour guide.
  • Visit of the islands on lake Titicaca as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Dress up with  traditional clothes and party with the locals
  • Touristic motor boat with guide
  • All entrance fees

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Breakfast & Dinner on 1st day.
  •  Breakfast on the 3rd day only
  • Tips for your guide and boat driver.

NOTE – Our tour ends in PUNO

  • You can continue your tour to Bolivia through Copacabana and the SUN ISLAND (Isla del Sol);
  • You can go to the salt mine in Bolivia or the jungle,
  • You can continue from Puno to Arequipa
  • You can just go to Juliaca and fly back to Lima
  • If you want to experience the train ride to Cusco, it takes 12 hours with amazing views.

Please Note:  

 ***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 3D/2N includes an overnight at the Amantani Island in a home stay and is available on any day with a minimum of 2 persons.  

      US$247  per person

***The transfer from Puno to the airport of Juliaca is US$25 extra 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.

SMALL GROUPS

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 YOU SHOULD TAKE WITH YOU

• 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.

Lake Titicaca Adventure from Cusco 3D/2N

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Bernie s 2023/03/02

Had a great trip with our guide Ray Herrera and driver Alfredo. Lots of good experiences in a short period of time 4 days. Learnt a lot not just about the main tourist destinations but Peru in general by Ray. Ray has a passion for Inca history and local produce. Ray knows all the good photo spots and we managed the sun out every day .. Good culture and if you want to get on a tour ask for Ray at Sams Travel = amazing

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Ray was our Tour Guide and Alfredo was our driver for a 4 day tour we did with SAM Travel Peru. Ray's knowledge of the history of Cusco and Machu Picchu was outstanding. Ray was very accommodating with all our needs. He stayed alongside us when trekking and helped where he could. His sense of humour was pleasant to be around. Ray spoke very good English. He is such a nice guy. I would strongly recommend Ray to be your tour guide to visit Machu Picchu. Ray explained everyday what the plans were for the next day, which was reassuring what we needed to take etc

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Our 1 day tour thru the Sacred Vally with Danny was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions in detail. I would recommend asking for him personally if you are able.

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We booked the Classic Cusco to Machu Picchu tour with SAM travel which we really had a good experience. SAM travel is very responsive during the communication and cater to our changes needed. Our guide is Ray who is also an very awesome guide. He is knowledgeable, patient, humorous as well reliable, he help us take many good photos and also go extra mile to help with our request. Thanks Ray! Thanks SAM travel that gave us good memories in Peru! Highly recommend if you consider booking any tour in Cusco.

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Wow. We had such an incredible experience in Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Our guide, Dayvit, is the most knowledgeable guide we have ever had. He has such an extensive knowledge of the history and is very friendly and helpful. If you are planning a trip to Peru, I highly recommend SAM travel and be sure to request Dayvit!

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2 day tour sacred valley / Machu Picchu highly recommend! David was the best tour guide. He knows an incredible amount about Incan culture and is personable and funny. He also kept us up to date on a political situation happening when we were there and was informative. Overall, this tour checks all the boxes. Thank you!

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We used SAM Travel for a 2D/1N trip from Cusco to Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on Dec 25-26, 2022. The team was good with communication from the start - both Saul and Junior were very helpful and professional with answering any questions and clearing up any misunderstandings. Our guide, Miguel, was prompt, pleasant, and quite knowledgeable. We enjoyed his company and insight over the 2 day trip and recommend him to anyone booking with SAM Travel.

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We booked the Classic Cusco to Machu Picchu tour with SAM travel which we really had a good experience. SAM travel is very responsive during the communication and cater to our changes needed. Our guide is Ray who is also an very awesome guide. He is knowledgeable, patient, humorous as well reliable, he help us take many good photos and also go extra mile to help with our request. Thanks Ray! Thanks SAM travel that gave us good memories in Peru! Highly recommend if you consider booking any tour in Cusco.

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Cheri Buccino April 21, 2024

Powerful! This journey tests your humanity and leaves you in awe of yourself and the beauty that Pachamama provides. April 2024 We conquered the Inca trail and it was only made possible with the help and guidance from our expert guides Jean Pierre (JP) and Jimmy. The knowledge these gentlemen shared was admired by all of our group and the envy of other trail hikers who stopped to listen. The hike has many layers of challenges including language barriers, altitude sensitivities and food specifications. The team at Sam travel exceeded the needs and went above to ensure our comforts were met. A special mention must be made to Mario, the Chef who somehow performed magic with nutritious flavourful meals to satisfy even the pickiest consumers and Francesco who was our lead porter who orchestrated the harmony that happened behind the scenes to get everything done. Nothing less than marvellous from this team. Thank you to each of the group who made our trek a remarkable experience.

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Bhavana Lalwani April 18, 2024

Jose and Henry were great guides for our first time exploring machu pichu! They were very attentive and kept everything on a smooth schedule. Highly recommend!

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Ryan April 9, 2024

The whole experience was amazing. Ray, our guide answered all of our questions and definitely had our best interest in mind the whole time. Timothy the cook made fantastic food and somehow found a way to prepare a birthday cake with no notice! Boni our head porter and his whole crew were kind, accommodating, and had such upbeat attitudes which really made the experience great!

Isabel Batteria April 17, 2024

I spent two days with Sam Travel’s guide Raymier, who guided us through the one-day 12-km stretch of the Inca trail and then took us to Machu Picchu the next day. In my group, I was always the last one on the trail because I come from the coast and I’m not used to altitudes, and honestly I could also have prepared physically a little better. Raymier respected my pace, never rushed me, and supported me throughout the ardous trail. He had much knowledge to share. I speak Spanish, but ended up in an English tour, and Ray’s English was very good. He was funny, respectful, and versatile. He knew where to take all the best photos and patiently took photos of all of us. I would trust Sam Travel again especially if I was lucky enough to have Ray as a guide again.

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