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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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Lake Titicaca (Day Trip) Uros&Taquile

Lake Titicaca (Day Trip) Uros&Taquile

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The shimmering blue waters of Lake Titicaca is home to the famous, man-made Floating Islands of Uros. These islands and their dwellings, which date back to pre-Incan time, are made completely out of totora reeds, a native bulrush plant that grows in the lake. With a guided tour, get to know the inhabitants that have formed a small community and learn how these islands stay afloat. During the afternoon, visit the island of Taquile and experience the unique culture of the locals.
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  • 9 hours
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US$46.16
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US$46.16

Lake Titicaca (Half Day) - Uros Island

Lake Titicaca (Half Day) - Uros Island

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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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  • 3 hours
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US$25.65
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US$25.65

Uros and Taquile Islands on Fast Boat

Uros and Taquile Islands on Fast Boat

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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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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$65.00
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US$65.00

Uros Amantani and Taquile Island 2 Day Tour from Puno

Uros Amantani and Taquile Island 2 Day Tour from Puno

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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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US$116.00
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US$116.00

Lake Titicaca (Full Day) Uros & Taquile

Lake Titicaca (Full Day) Uros & Taquile

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The shimmering blue waters of Lake Titicaca is home to the famous, man-made Floating Islands of Uros. These islands and their dwellings, which date back to pre-Incan time, are made completely out of totora reeds, a native bulrush plant that grows in the lake. With a guided tour, get to know the inhabitants that have formed a small community and learn how these islands stay afloat. During the afternoon, visit the island of Taquile and experience the unique culture of the locals.
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  • 12 hours
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US$44.88
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US$44.88

Lake Titicaca (2 Days)

Lake Titicaca (2 Days)

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One of the world’s highest expanses of water, Lake Titicaca straddles the border between Peru and Bolivia—with a history of habitation by the indigenous Uros people dating back to pre-Columbian days. On this 2-day tour, reach the islands of Lake Titicaca and spend the night in a local family's homestay. Travel by boat between Amantani and Taquile islands, and enjoy an immersive experience of life on the water.
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  • 2 days
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US$70.77
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Full-Day Tour of Uros, Taquile and Sillustani from Puno

Full-Day Tour of Uros, Taquile and Sillustani from Puno

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$99.00
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US$99.00
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Private Tour Lake Titikaka

Private Tour Lake Titikaka

The National Reserve of Titicaca (RNT) is located on the continental waters of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, in the immediate vicinity of the provinces of Puno and Huancané in the department of Puno, at an average altitude of 3,810 masl. It covers 36,180 hectares. Wild flora and fauna from Lake Titicaca are preserved in the area. The reserve also contributes to the socio-economic development of the region and maintaining alive the traditional cultures of the people that inhabit the area. The communities of Uros and Uros Titino, which inhabit the islands on the vast lake, offer various hospitality options for tourists, providing an excellent opportunity to soak up the local culture.
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  • 1 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$192.83
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US$192.83
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Full Day Tour Uros and Taquile Islands

Full Day Tour Uros and Taquile Islands

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Take a motorboat across Lake Titicaca to the floating reed island of Uros and learn about one of the first ethnic groups of the Andes and admire the craftsmanship of the large reed boats made by the men of the island. Visit Taquile Island to get a closer look at the handicrafts made in this region and have lunch at a local restaurant—not included—before heading back to Puno.
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  • 9 hours
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US$35.00
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US$35.00

Half-Day Tour to Uros Floating Islands from Puno

Half-Day Tour to Uros Floating Islands from Puno

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$44.00
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US$44.00

Floating Island of the Uros

Floating Island of the Uros

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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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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$21.54
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US$21.54
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Overnight on the Floating Island of Los Uros

Overnight on the Floating Island of Los Uros

This tour is very special, a true experience of staying in Uros with the perfect comfort for you. You will know better and understand the life of these special people called Uros, you will do different cultural activities such as cutting rushes, fishing by hand, building a representation of the islands and much more.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$139.49
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Tour Uros, Amantani, and Taquile Islands in 2 Days with Homestay in Amantani

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

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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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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$75.00
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US$75.00

Uros Kayaking and Taquile Island Day Tour

Uros Kayaking and Taquile Island Day Tour

Explore the world's highest navigable lake on a kayaking tour from Puno. Paddle the waters of Lake Titicaca—the mountain lake that acts as a natural border between Peru and Bolivia—toward the floating Uros islands: a series of man-made islands constructed from native totora reeds. Explore a Uros and learn about its residents from your guide, then set out via boat to Taquile Island, a hotbed of textile art. Embark on a leisurely island hike with some time spent in Taquile's town square for lunch, shopping and weaving demos.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$146.00
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US$146.00

Full Day Tour - Uros Floating and Taquile From Puno

Full Day Tour - Uros Floating and Taquile From Puno

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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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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$52.00
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US$52.00

2-Day Tour Lake Titicaca from Cusco

2-Day Tour Lake Titicaca from Cusco

Discover several Incan archeological sites with this 2-day private tour from Cusco. Join a local guide to learn about pre-Incan and Incan history as you visit the archeological sites of Raqchi, Pukara, and Sillustani. Spend the night with a host family on the island of Llachon in Lake Titikaka. Explore the lake with a hike and by boat the following day.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$519.24
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US$519.24
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Full Day Tour to Uros and Taquile (Titicaca Lake Islands)

Full Day Tour to Uros and Taquile (Titicaca Lake Islands)

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You get in contact with the Aymaras and Quechuas, who are amongst Peru’s oldest people, predating the Incas by a thousand years. Here, you may wander through old traditional villages where Spanish is a second language and where ancient myths and beliefs still hold true. Here, traditions and costumes are still part of the daily life - something that will definitely wake your interest!
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  • 8 hours
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US$80.00
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US$80.00

Uros and Taquile Island Full Day Tour from Puno

Uros and Taquile Island Full Day Tour from Puno

Set sail on Lake Titicaca to reach the Uros Floating Islands on this small-group tour from Puno. Learn about traditional life on the islands and admire the scenery as you tour the lake with your guide, stopping to enjoy a local lunch like freshly caught fish and quinoa soup. Return back to your hotel at the end of the trip.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$76.00
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US$76.00

Half-Day Boating Tour to Uros from Puno

Half-Day Boating Tour to Uros from Puno

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The floating islands of Uros are a must-see attraction at 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. Take photos, visit with local families, and walk around the incredible islands before returning to your Puno hotel.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$46.50
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US$46.50

Uros Floating Islands Half Day Tour from Puno

Uros Floating Islands Half Day Tour from Puno

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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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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$65.00
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US$65.00
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Sleep on Uros Island

Sleep on Uros Island

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Experience Peruvian hospitality and the sublime scenery of the Andes during this overnight homestay on Lake Titicaca’s Uros Island. Travel by motor boat to these unique floating islands, joining a local family for a taste of daily life. Learn about the construction and history of these one-of-a-kind floating homes before spending the day fishing and creating handicrafts. You’ll cap it all off with an evening campfire and breakfast of native lake fish. Your accommodations, entrance fees, one day of meals, a guide, all activities and round-trip hotel transport are covered.
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  • 2 days
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US$110.00
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US$110.00

Tour Uros- Amantani- Taquile 2d / 1n In Family House

Tour Uros- Amantani- Taquile 2d / 1n In Family House

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Live a wonderful experience sharing customs and traditions of these Islands and learn some words in their native languages that is Aymara and Quechua.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$75.00
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US$75.00
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Puno Luxury 3 days and 2 nights

Puno Luxury 3 days and 2 nights

This service is ideal for you since you will be able to know, from your arrival in Puno, the impressive Sillustani Chullpas that were used as tombs in the pre-Inca era. You will know the importance of the culture that started the Inca Empire. You will be able to know "The Highest Navigable Lake in the World" and visit the impressive floating islands of the Uros and Taquile.
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  • 3 days
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US$122.00
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Private Day Tour of the Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island

Private Day Tour of the Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island

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Discover the unique lifestyle of the residents of the Uros Floating Islands during this flexible-length private day tour of Lake Titicaca. Navigate the gorgeous waters of the highest navigable lake in the world, learning about the construction of its amazing floating residences built entirely from the local tortora reeds. You’ll then continue to the island of Taquile, where you finish the excursion with a tasty lake trout lunch. Your private Uros Floating Islands and Lake Titicaca excursion also includes a guide, round-trip hotel transport, site entrance fees, private vehicle and lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$351.29
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US$351.29
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