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Taquile Island/Isla Taquile

As famed for its handicrafts—the island’s traditional knitwear has been proclaimed a UNESCO Masterpiece of Intangible Human Heritage—as its dramatic, rocky topography topped with windswept pre-Columbian ruins, Isla Taquile is one of Lake Titicaca’s most famous destinations. 

It is not easy to get here, however, and most people making the 45km (28mi) trip on the slow boat from Puno opt to spend the night. That, too, can be a challenge, as the island and its sole tourism operator, the Munay Taquile Travel Agency, are communally owned by Taquile’s 2,200 residents. They (or rather, the Taquile Council of Elders) require that the island’s 40,000 annual visitors live much as locals do while on the island.

When tourism began to arrive to Lake Titicaca in the 1970s, shortly after the indigenous government won full ownership of the island, the quiet, agriculturally oriented lives of locals began to change. Outsiders were in control, and brought in boatloads of camera-snapping tourists without the permission or input of local leaders. 

Rather than submit to the loss of privacy and profit like so many indigenous communities, however, Isla Taquile’s government secured exclusive rights to transportation, lodging, food service and island tours. Thus, if you choose to visit, you’ll be staying in a family home, eating traditional cuisine and hiking around the island’s Inca ruins and stunning vistas with a local guide. 

You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to peruse the island’s famed hand-woven textiles, considered some of Peru’s finest handicrafts and see them made. Knitting is done almost exclusively by men, while women spin yard and work the looms, creating elaborate designs that incorporate both ancient and modern symbolic patterns. Most famous are the knitted hats with earflaps, called chullos: men wear red chullos if married, red and white if single and black to signify leadership. Women usually stick to the stylish bowler-style caps popular throughout the Andes.

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Uros and Taquile Islands Day Trip from Puno

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Discover two of Lake Titicaca’s famous islands on this full-day tour from Puno. Embark on a cultural journey and explore the islands of Uros and Taquile, and ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.99

2-Day Tour Uros, Amantani and Taquile Islands with Homestay

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 1 Reviews

This is a homestay tourism tour. You will visit the three islands of lake Titicaca: Uros, Taquile and Amantani where you will stay with a local ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $115.00

Uros and Taquile Islands by Fast Boat

Full day tours to Uros and Taquile on fast boat. Enjoy a beautiful day on Lake Titicaca visiting the two most impressive islands on there. Transfers, entrances ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $85.00

8-Day Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca Tour from Lima

Explore the best of the Andes on an 8-day tour of Peru departing from Lima. Visit the Sacred Valley including Ollantaytambo, the circular terraces of Moray and ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,557.00

Half-Day Boating Tour to Uros from Puno

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Reviews

Join this 3.5-hour boating tour to Uros from Puno.

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.50

Uros Kayaking and Taquile Island Day Tour

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On this amazing day tour, go kayaking on Lake Titicaca up to the Uros floating islands. Explore the islands and continue on to Taquile Island by boat. Get to ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.00

2-Night Puno Experience from Cusco

You will begin this journey visiting beautiful towns, museums, churches and temples on a tour with impressive landscapes between Cusco and Puno.The past ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $249.00

6-Day Tour of Southeast Peru from Cusco

This tour shows you all highlights of southeast of Peru, including the UNESCO heritage site of Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Cusco, Puno, and Taquile Island.

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $830.00

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