Puno, Peru
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clock-o1 day (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more


The floating islands of Lake Titicaca are an important part of Peru’s cultural heritage and this full-day tour from Puno visits two of the island’s communities. Cruise around the Uros islands, learn more about local life and traditions, admire the colorful handicrafts made by the islanders, then enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch on Taquile Island. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Full-day Lake Titicaca cruise from Puno: Uros and Taquile Islands
  • Cruise around Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest lake
  • Explore the floating reed islands of Uros and the UNESCO-protected island of Taquile
  • Learn about local culture, watch handicrafts demonstrations, and sample island food
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup, lunch, and round-trip boat transport
Your tour begins with an early morning pickup from your Puno hotel in time for a 6:45am departure. After a short transfer to the port, hop aboard a motorboat and set off across Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America.
After a short boat ride, arrive at the Uros islands, extraordinary floating islands created using a base of buoyant Totora reeds. Learn more about the fascinating process of building and maintaining the raft-like islands from your guide, then step aboard to meet the local families and discover the unique culture and heritage of the Uros people. Admire their brightly colored clothing, watch demonstrations of local baking and handicrafts, and perhaps purchase some distinctive handmade souvenirs.
Back on the boat, soak up the scenery and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere on the around 1.5-hour journey to Taquile Island, one of the lake’s few natural islands. Here, you’ll have chance to discover the fascinating culture of the islanders, which is protected on UNESCO’s intangible heritage list. Watch demonstrations of traditional weaving, see how natural dyes are made using vegetables and minerals, and admire the vibrant ‘Chumpis’ (wide belts) worn by the islanders. Finish your visit by enjoying a lunch of typical Peruvian food, before setting out on the return journey.
Back in Puno, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.


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, Sep 2018

I would recommend this tour as part of their Peru experience! Very different from all the tours i have in Peru! And i would not have immagined boat people only existed in Asia. What a beautiful hands on experience. Next time, I wish i can have a night or two experience with them!

, Jun 2018

Our tour guide did a great job, and he was enjoyable to listen to. The tour was timed very well to do a lot without feeling rushed. The meal was excellent. I enjoyed the short hike on Taquile Island.

, Apr 2018

very nice tour out of puno to taquile island. this is a very special region with regional rules they have been conserved until now

, Mar 2018

Very good one but commercialized place.

, Mar 2018

Amazing trip to Floating Islands and Taquile. Very interesting information about Uros peoples living. Well organized, good English speak8ng quide and excellent lunch in a beautiful outdoor restaurant. Highly recommend.

, Dec 2017

Our guide was awesome, and I had a good time on the tour. The meal was pretty good too, although the rice could be improved. The boat was comfortable, although on the way back it got really hot and I got a bad sunburn. Overall I would recommend this tour but mostly for the good guide.

, Oct 2017

Brilliant tour, very well organised and well worth going on.
Our tour guide Manuel was very good, his English was excellent.
We found the tour organisers very accommodating as we had made a mistake with the date we booked but it was no problem and they changed it at very short notice.
The Uros Islands were fascinating, a bit touristy but so interesting. Taquile is beautiful, the walk up to the lunch venue was rather steep and it was hard going. Lunch was delicious, the best trout we have eaten so far in Peru.

, Jul 2017

This was a fantastic tour! Our guide was so informative and engaging. After visiting a few of the floating islands, we went to Taquile Islands. Our tour went to a different part of the island than most others, so we were not surrounded by people and bombarded by other tour groups. We got to enjoy the tranquility of our little slice of the island all to ourselves, which was such a treat! We walked around the island on the beautiful stone paths, stopped for a cultural performance and a delicious lunch, then walked down to the beach and met up with our boat. At no point did I feel rushed or hurried along we got to take it all in at our own pace. It was the perfect day!

, Jun 2016

Well worth doing as you learn why and how they came to be living in the middle of a lake. It is very commercialized so if you want to see traditional living it has sadly fallen victim to tourism needs.

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