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  • Address: Puno, Peru
  • Admission: S/20 (<$8 USD for roundtrip)

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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 by Fast Boat, Puno, null
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Uros and Taquile Islands by Fast Boat

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 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
Uros Kayaking and Taquile Island Day Tour, Puno, Day Trips
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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 $136.00
Full Day Tour: Uros and Taquile Islands on the Titicaca Lake from Puno, Puno, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Full Day Tour: Uros and Taquile Islands on the Titicaca Lake from Puno

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

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 $55.00
Full-Day Uros and Taquile Island Tour from Puno, Puno, Day Trips
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Full-Day Uros and Taquile Island Tour from Puno

Spend a full day exploring the islands of Uros and Taquile in Peru's Lake Titicaca on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people. See what a "day in the ...  Read more

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

From USD $100.00
Private Tour: Taquile and Uros Islands by Kayak and Motorboat from Puno, Puno, Day Trips
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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
Uros and Taquile Islands Day Trip from Puno, Puno, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Uros and Taquile Islands Day Trip from Puno

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 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
Private Day Tour of the Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island, Puno, Day Trips
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Private Day Tour of the Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This private day tour to Lake Titicaca will take you and your group only on a visit to the Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island. Don't miss the ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $248.75
Day Tour of the Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island, Puno, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Day Tour of the Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Explore the highest navigable lake in the world during this guided, daylong tour to Peru's Lake Titicaca. Visit the stunning scenery on a visit to the Uros ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $128.00
Lake Titicaca Day Tour, Arequipa, Day Trips
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Lake Titicaca Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Visit Taquile Island where you will see an indigenous community that has conserved its original traditions and organization. And in addition make a stop at the ...  Read more

Location: Puno, Peru
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Full-Day Tour of Uros, Taquile and Sillustani from Puno, Puno, Day Trips
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Full-Day Tour of Uros, Taquile and Sillustani from Puno

On this full-day guided tour you'll visit the Islands of Uros and Taquile, and travel overland to Sillustani. Speedboat traveling means less travel time to be ...  Read more

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

From USD $215.00

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