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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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Half-Day Boating Tour to Uros from PunoHalf-day Tours

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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Tour Uros, Amantani, and Taquile Islands in 2 Days with Homestay in AmantaniMulti-day Tours

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
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  • 2 days
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FLOATING ISLANDS UROS 1/2 DayNature & Wildlife

FLOATING ISLANDS UROS 1/2 Day

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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
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  • 3 hours
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Uros and Taquile Islands on Fast BoatDay Trips

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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Half-Day Tour to Uros Floating Islands from PunoHalf-day Tours

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
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Full Day Titicaca Experience, Uros reef islands & TaquileCultural Tours

Full Day Titicaca Experience, Uros reef islands & Taquile

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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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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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OVERNIGHT ON THE UROS FLOATING ISLANDHoneymoon Packages

OVERNIGHT ON THE UROS FLOATING ISLAND

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
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  • 2 days

Lake Titicaca Full Day ExperienceCultural Tours

Lake Titicaca Full Day Experience

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Wondering what to do in Cusco? Discover and truly experience Lake Titicaca with a Full Day Tour of the lake visiting the famous "floating islands" and the isolated mainland island community of Taquile. This activity is good for solo travelers, couple, families and big groups.
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  • 1 day 10 hours
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Lake Titicaca Day TourDay Trips

Lake Titicaca Day Tour

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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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Uros Floating Islands Half Day Tour from PunoHalf-day Tours

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
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  • 4 hours
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TOUR UROS- AMANTANI- TAQUILE 2D / 1N IN FAMILY HOUSEMulti-day Tours

TOUR UROS- AMANTANI- TAQUILE 2D / 1N IN FAMILY HOUSE

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
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Titicaca Lake 2 Day 1 Night from Cusco to PunoCultural Tours

Titicaca Lake 2 Day 1 Night from Cusco to Puno

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Explore Lake Titikaka and the archaeological ruins in Cusco Puno on this overnight tour from Cusco. Arranging this activity-packed adventure on your own may be logistically challenging, but booking this tour means everything is arranged for you. Take a boat trip on the lake to visit the islands of Urus and Taquile and enjoy a multi-stop bus route through Cusco Puno, stopping at the various archaeological sites. Overnight accommodations, some meals, and all activities are included per itinerary.
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  • 2 days
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Lake Titicaca (Half Day) - Uros IslandCultural Tours

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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KAYAK to the floating islands of the UrosKayaking & Canoeing

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KAYAK to the floating islands of the Uros

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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  • 3 hours
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Floating Island of the Uros 1/2 DAYNature & Wildlife

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Floating Island of the 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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  • 3 hours
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Full Day Tour - Uros Floating and Taquile From PunoDay Trips

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
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  • 1 day
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UROS AND TAQUILE Full day (fast boat)Cultural Tours

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UROS AND TAQUILE Full day (fast boat)

It is differentiated by the speed of the boat, so that we will gain more time in navigation and enjoyment.
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  • 9 hours
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KAYAK TO LOS UROS + TAQUILE ISLANDKayaking & Canoeing

KAYAK TO LOS UROS + TAQUILE ISLAND

An adventure program that will allow you to reach the Floating Islands of the Uros, go kayaking for an hour and arrive at this wonderful and peculiar place that will allow you to practice environmentally friendly practices, you will get to know the totora reproduction closely, fish, birds a set of flora and fauna
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Uros Kayaking and Taquile Island Day TourKayaking & Canoeing

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
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Private Day Tour of the Uros Floating Islands and Taquile IslandPrivate Sightseeing Tours

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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Kayaking Lake TiticacaKayaking & Canoeing

Kayaking Lake Titicaca

Kayaking Uros in Titicaca is the best way to get to know the floating Island of Uros. Enjoy paddlingaround the natural reservation of the Titikaka as well. Join this tour and be part of the experience ofkayaking on the highest navigable lake in the world, an unforgettable experience
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Full-Day Tour of Uros, Taquile and Sillustani from PunoDay Trips

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
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Taquile, Luquina and Uros Day Trip from PunoCultural Tours

Taquile, Luquina and Uros Day Trip from Puno

The main reason is that the Taquile, Luquina and Uros tours are different from the traditional and conventional tours offered by other agencies in Lake Titicaca, we include buffet lunch with the most exclusive local cuisine and the service is exclusive and personalized.
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  • 10 hours
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Cusco - Puno (5 Days)Historical & Heritage Tours

Cusco - Puno (5 Days)

Get a complete package tour of Cusco and Puno where we cover all the prime attraction that would complete tour visit to the Southern Peru.
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