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Lake Titicaca Tours

Sweet, clear and a deep diaphanous blue, Lake Titicaca shimmers above South America at 3,812 meters (12,507 feet), the highest navigable lake in the world. It is considered the spiritual homeland of the Andean peoples and its 41 starkly beautiful islands are topped with traditional villages and ancient stone ruins that echo with myths and legends. Beneath fiery streaked sunset skies reflected in these luminous waters, cradled by snowcapped mountains, it can be difficult to refute such tales completely.

Lake Titicaca is thought to be the birthplace of the Andean peoples, where the Creator God Viracocha first summoned the sun, moon and first human beings from what is now called Isla del Sol. The Incas, Aymaras, Uros, and countless other indigenous nations thus hold this lake sacred.

While the lake is scattered with fine old Catholic churches, the old ways remain and traditional dances continue to honor the older gods. Part of the lake is protected as Titicaca National Reserve, with some 60 species of bird, such as the endemic Titcaca Grebe; 14 species of fish, many of them foreign and gradually displacing natives such as orestias, now thought to be extinct; and 18 amphibians, including endemic Titicaca water frogs that can weigh in at 3kg (7lbs).

The origins of the lake remain rather mysterious to geologists, but most believe that it is a tectonic rift, formed about 60 million years ago and subsequently filled with water during various ice ages. The remarkable color seems characteristic of its 284-meter (932-foot) depths. Two almost separate basins, the larger called Lago Grande (“Big Lake,” in Quechua, “Chucuito”), the smaller Lago Pequeno (“Small Lake,” in Quechua “Huinaymarca”), are connected by the narrow Strait of Tiquina. Some 25 rivers pour into Titicaca, but only one drains it; most water is lost to evaporation in the high desert air.

Today, the lake is divided between Peru and Bolivia, which bookend its beauty with the small cities of Puno and Copacabana respectively. Both are fine bases to explore the amazing islands, replete with hotels, restaurants, tour operators and other services. A few of the islands also offer lodging, though some restrict tourists to homestays and locally operated tours.

Though Titicaca is one of South America’s most popular destinations, is not the easiest place to visit. Altitude sickness can inhibit even the healthiest travelers; try to acclimate yourself somewhere such as Cuzco for a few days before attempting any sort of exertion here. Average temperatures rarely rise above 15°C (59°F), and it can drop below freezing even in summer months. The sun is fierce despite the cool wind, fooling travelers into going without sunscreen and hats; several are hospitalized with severe sunburns every week. Come prepared!

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Uros Kayaking and Taquile Island Day Tour, Puno, null
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Uros Kayaking and Taquile Island Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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 $146.00
Uros and Taquile Islands by Fast Boat, Puno, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Uros and Taquile Islands by Fast Boat

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

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 $92.00
The Highlight of Lake Titicaca: Uros Floating Islands Half-Day Tour, Puno, Day Trips
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The Highlight of Lake Titicaca: Uros Floating Islands Half-Day Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

You will be picked up from the hotel in the morning.  The boat departs from Puno city to The Floating Islands - a  group of around 70 small islands that are ...  Read more

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

From USD $13.30
Private Full-Day Tour to Titicaca Lake and Copacabana Village from La Paz, La Paz, Half-day Tours
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Private Full-Day Tour to Titicaca Lake and Copacabana Village from La Paz

Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, located at 3856 meters above sea level. Its shores and small islands are home to the Aymara and Quechua ...  Read more

Location: La Paz, Bolivia
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $220.00
Private Tour: Taquile and Uros Islands by Kayak and Motorboat from Puno, Puno, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Private Tour: Taquile and Uros Islands by Kayak and Motorboat from Puno

Join this amazing private 10-hour kayak and culture adventure from Puno. Kayak about 6 mi/10 km from the peninsula of Capachica to Taquile where you'll enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $213.00
10-day Tour from Lima: Amazon Jungle, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, Lima, Private Sightseeing ... 
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10-day Tour from Lima: Amazon Jungle, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

Explore Peru on a 10 day tour from Lima. Fly to the Amazon Jungle and see native wildlife in their natural habitat. Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas and ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 10 days (approx.)

From USD $2,041.00
Full Day Tour: Uros and Taquile Islands on the Titicaca Lake from Puno, Puno, Multi-day Tours
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Full Day Tour: Uros and Taquile Islands on the Titicaca Lake from Puno

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Uros floating Islands on the Titicaca Lake is located on the shores of Puno. Home to the legendary Uros people, who live on the floating reed islands and the ...  Read more

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

From USD $50.00
8-Day Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca Tour from Lima, Lima, Day Trips
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8-Day Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca Tour from Lima

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

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 $1,623.75
Taquile Island and Uros Floating Islands Day Trip from Puno, Puno, Multi-day Tours
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Taquile Island and Uros Floating Islands Day Trip from Puno

Spend 8-hours with enclosed access to Lake Tititcaca and its people. Depart from the Puno's Pier heading to Uros Floating Islands, embodied by an amazing tribe ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.70
Uros and Taquile Islands Day Trip from Puno, Puno, Day Trips
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Uros and Taquile Islands Day Trip from Puno

4.5 star rating: Recommended 27 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 $106.99

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