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Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros) Tours

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Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros)
The 40-plus floating Uros Islands are perhaps the most photographed attraction on Lake Titicaca, famously constructed with springy totora reeds. The reeds are collected from around the shores of Lake Titicaca, and used to replenish the fragile islands every three months or so, as the bottom of the two-meter (6.5ft) totora mat slowly rots back into the lake. Thus, the islands change shape, size and even number as the centuries pass, anchored to the lake bottom but in many ways a completely separate world.

The Uros people are an ancient race, predating the Incas by millennia and, according to local legend, even the sun and stars. The “People of the Lake,” as they call themselves, once said that they did not feel the cold, thanks to their “black blood.” (The last full-blooded Uros woman died in 1959, after centuries of intermarriage with Aymaras and other races, so that claim is subject to some conjecture.)

Heavily taxed by the Incas and enslaved in the silver mines by the Spanish, the Uros have managed, through ingenuity and isolation, to outlast their tormentors with their unique culture largely in place. The key to their survival is the reeds, whose starchy tubers are consumed for food, flowers brewed to make tea, and stalks used for medicine, handicrafts, and the construction of gondolas, homes, schools, churches and just about everything else on the islands.

The islands change in size and number over the centuries and will quickly thin if not meticulously maintained. Tourism on the handful accessible to tourists is relatively open and you can arrange trips with several Puno travel agencies or even come on your own, in public boats that leave regularly from the Puno pier. The 5km (3mi) trip takes about thirty minutes.

The islands are part of Titicaca National Reserve which protects 37,000 hectares (143 square miles) of reed bed, including some 60 species of bird and 14 of fish, many collected by the Uros for meat, eggs, and as work animals, such as cormorants used to fish. You’ll also see plenty of domesticated cats, to keep mice from devouring the delicate islands.

While many of the Uros traditions have been maintained, the islands are by no means frozen in time. For example, they no longer speak their original language, having switched to Aymara after centuries of trade and intermarriage, and have more recently embraced technology, such as electrical generators, modern motors on reed boats and so forth. 

Tourism has brought money and opportunity to the islands, which cuts into time once spent doing traditional activities, such as the all-important collection of totora. They are savvy enough to know their time’s worth, so expect to be charged for photos and/or offered handicrafts with a cheerfully hard sell.
Address: Puno, Peru
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FLOATING ISLANDS UROS 1/2 Day

You will be able to know the animals and plants that we have in the Uros.Then you will have the chance to enjoy a great ride on a totora raft that will take you to another floating island!
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Uros Islands Tour half day

Enjoy a cultural experience on the island of the Uros where you will learn about the life of the islanders of the Uros and understand the activities they perform to survive. This is an exclusive tour for people interested in learning and experiencing this culture.
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  • 4 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Lake Titicaca (Half Day) - Uros Island

Seize the opportunity to visit the incredible and unique Uros Islands, which sit floating on magnificent Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. On this guided tour, learn how these man-made islands are constructed and maintained, as well as how the local people live sustainably, using the resources available to them. Take a trip away from the bustling city, and discover these little-known, distant communities.
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8-Day Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca Tour from Lima

Experience two of Peru’s most iconic sights, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, plus much more during this 8-day, 7-night trip through the country's biggest highlights. Explore the wealth of Inca history around Cusco, including the iconic UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu and the many ancient Inca ruins throughout the Sacred Valley. Then continue on to Lake Titicaca by first-class bus, exploring the unique Uros Floating Islands built from totora reeds and the beautiful scenery of Taquile Island. Your Peru adventure covers a guide, 7 nights of accommodations, meals as per the itinerary, bus and train transfers and all site entrance fees.
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Full Day Tour: Uros and Taquile Islands on the Titicaca Lake from Puno

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.
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Uros and Taquile Islands Day Trip from Puno

Explore the idyllic floating islands of Lake Titicaca on an exciting full-day tour from Puno. Visit Uros and Taquile to gain insight into the indigenous inhabitants of the unique islands; ride the gentle waters of the world’s highest lake on a boat; and enjoy an authentic experience of a culture untouched by mainland modernity. Convenient hotel pickup and drop-off is included in this tour.
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Uros and Taquile Islands by Fast Boat

Discover the rural tranquility of the Uros and Taquile Islands on an enriching full-day excursion from Puno. Cruise the shimmering waters of Lake Titicaca, the worlds highest lake, and spend some leisurely free time exploring the beautiful islands. Marvel at the majestic floating islands, made entirely of reeds, as you wander and watch locals go about their daily business. Learn about the rich culture and history of the region from your expert guide and feast upon a complimentary lunch when hunger strikes.
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Uros Floating Islands Half Day Tour from Puno

Discover the culture of the Uros people on a half-day tour from Puno. Visit the floating islands in the middle of Lake Titicaca and learn about the daily life of the Uros people from your guide and the community. Take a ride in one of their reed boats which they use to travel between islands and learn about the beautiful handicrafts that they have become so well-known for.
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Full-Day Tour of Uros, Taquile and Sillustani from Puno

The floating islands of Uros and Taquile are a must-see attraction while on Lake Titicaca. Learn about traditional life on the floating islands with this tour from Puno, which takes you directly to the islands for free time to explore. Then, jet off to the pre-Incan ruins at  Sillustani for a guided tour before returning to Puno.
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  • 1 day
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Kayaking & Canoeing

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Kayak to the floating islands of the Uros Lake Titicaca

On this tour you will kayak around Lake Titicaca for about 1 h; We will take you to the port and then you will have to reach the island of the Uros passing through the Titicaca national reserve; This is a different way of seeing the lake in Puno and visiting the island of the Uros.In addition, you can join another group to visit Taquile (full day) or Amantani (2d1n); For this, see our related optional productsKey notes:• Small group size• Transfers from the hotel from the center to the port and vice versa• Ideal for all• Instructor guide• Physical condition is not required• Kayaks are professional, safe and very stable: "Sea Kayaks".• We will have additional support: boat and staff.• Estimated to paddle is 1 hour from Puno to the island of the Uros.• We will have a kayak instructor.• No previous experience required.
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UROS AND TAQUILE Full day (fast boat)

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Tour Uros, Amantani, and Taquile Islands in 2 Days with Homestay in Amantani

Experience the local culture of the Lake Titicaca islands on a 2-day tour that includes a homestay on Amantani Island. Sleeping in a family home means a personal connection that you can’t get on a day trip—plus the unforgettable chance to watch the sunset and stargaze in the middle of the high-altitude lake—and you’ll explore Amantani, Uros, and Taquile Islands before cruising back to Puno.
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10-Day Private Journey Around Peru and Bolivia Following the Inca Paths

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13-Day Tour from Lima:Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon and Nazca Lines

Explore the top highlights in Peru during this 13-day, 12-night trip covering Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Nazca Lines, Colca Canyon and much more. Discover the history of the Incas during time in Cusco and the surrounding Sacred Valley. You’ll also spend an unforgettable day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu before heading to Lake Titicaca to discover the lake’s unique floating islands and searching for Andean Condors above the Colca Canyon. Finish your trip with a flight above the mysterious Nazca Lines. This Peru highlights trip also covers a guide, 12 nights of accommodations, meals as per the itinerary, bus, boat and train transfers and all entrance fees.
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  • 13 days
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10-Day Tour from Lima: Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon

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Lake Titicaca Day Tour

Embark on a day tour of Lake Titicaca, a large mountain lake that serves as a natural border between Peru and Bolivia. Depart your Puno hotel (Puno is a 4-hour drive from Peru's second most populous city, Arequipa) for port, then set out via motorboat toward the floating Uros Islands. Visit two of these dozens of man-made islands—each constructed from native reeds found in the lake's shallow waters—and learn about their distinct inhabitants and culture as you go. Next, continue to Taquile island, home to some of Peru's best weavers.
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  • 11 hours
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Half-day Tours

Half-Day Tour to Uros Floating Islands from Puno

Explore one of the first ethnic groups of the Andes on a trip to the Uros floating islands. Cruise along the lake by motorboat and learn about this fascinating fishing culture. Visit a few of the many floating islands that dot the Lake Titicaca landscape as you observe the large reed boats built by the mean and the intricately woven textiles made by the women.
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  • 3 hours
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Overnight: Lake Titicaca Homestay and Costumes with Locals

Nestled within the Andes Mountains between Peru and Bolivia, remote Lake Titicaca is one of the highest stretches of water in the world. On this adventurous overnight tour, visit Amantani Island and Taquile Island, and spend time among local people whose heritage dates back to the days of the Incas. With some meals and overnight homestay accommodation included, enjoy a complete immersion into South American customs and culture.
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Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca 7 Day Tour

Visit some of the most popular attractions in Peru during this 7-day, 6-night trip covering Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Uncover the mysteries of the Incas as you explore their former capital city of Cusco and see the jaw-dropping UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu. You’ll also see more Inca sites and get a taste for Andean village life in the Sacred Valley, and visit the world’s largest high-altitude body of water and its unique island residents at Lake Titicaca.
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Full Day Tour - Uros Floating and Taquile From Puno

Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and home to unique traditions. Visit two of the most popular destinations on the lake during this full-day trip from Puno, Peru. Be welcomed onto some of the many man-made floating islands in the Uros community to see what life on the lake is like. On Taquile Island watch local master weavers create their culturally important hats and enjoy lunch with regional favorites including quinoa soup and fried trout.
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Uros Amantani and Taquile Island 2 Day Tour from Puno

Located on majestic Lake Titicaca, the floating reed islands of Amantani, Taquile, and Uros boast a history dating back to pre-Inca days. On this adventurous 2-day tour, spend time on these remote islands and enjoy Amantani hospitality during an overnight home stay. Gain insight into local customs, folklore, and traditions—with meals plus round-trip travel from your Puno hotel included.
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  • 2 days
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