• Location: Puno, Peru
  • Duration: 2 days (approx.)
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Admire the stunning scenery that surrounds Lake Titicaca and the majestic Sun Island during an overnight cruise from Puno. Climb aboard a stylish catamaran and set sail over the shimmering surface of the world’s highest lake, absorbing gorgeous greenery as you cruise. Visit the traditional town of Challapampa to gain intriguing insight into the indigenous culture of the area; see the ancient Inca temples of Chincana and Pilko Kaina accompanied by a knowledgeable guide; and feast upon regionally inspired dishes in rustic restaurants.

Highlights

  • Discover Sun Island and Lake Titicaca on an overnight boat cruise
  • Learn about the fascinating history and culture of the Inca civilization at a local museum
  • Visit ancient Inca ruins, including Chincana and Pilko Kaina
  • Enjoy overnight accommodation on a comfortable catamaran on Lake Titicaca
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off, entrance fees, and meals included

What You Can Expect

Lake Titicaca and Sun Island Overnight Catamaran Cruise from Puno

Lake Titicaca and Sun Island Overnight Catamaran Cruise from Puno

Day 1: (L, D)Depart from your hotel in Puno in an air-conditioned minivan and relax during the scenic journey to Copacabana. Cross the Bolivian border and marvel at the magnificent natural panoramas as you take a boat to the small island town of Challapampa. Disembark and discover the enthralling artifacts of the local museum, perusing exhibitions that speak eloquently of Incan civilization. 

Next, venture to the ancient monument of Chincana to witness monolithic stone structures once used to store food; see, too, the Sacred Rock, a landmark steeped in legend relating to the creation of mankind. As the sun begins to sink, watch an authentic Kallawaya Andean ceremony then return to the boat for a delicious dinner. Relax in your private and comfortable double-room until you drift to sleep. 

Day 2: (B, L)  Wake revitalized and enjoy a continental breakfast onboard the boat. Begin your second adventure with a visit to the atmospheric ruins of Pilko Kaina, a sacred site located on the southern end of Sun Island. Explore the cultural complex of Inti Wata to see per-Incan agricultural terraces and fascinating flora and fauna. Watch llamas and alpacas graze on the green grassland before beginning the smooth return journey back to your hotel in Puno.

Customer Reviews

donald C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Guides were great. Very helpful an knowledgeable. Food was good and plentiful. They came to the hotel the night before to help with the paperwork. It was a good experience. I would be happy to use this service again.

teus72

1 star rating: I do not recommend this July 2017

The main problem with the Lake Titicaca and Sun Island Overnight Catamaran Cruise from Puno derived from the lack of information the local operator gave us before setting off for the tour.

Apparently some social unrest between the island communities had the northern part of sun island not viable for tourists. Too bad we werent told about this problem but on the bus driving us to Copacabana. As to the news, the strike has been on for several days before our visit and the local operator had to contact us to let us decide if an alternative plan could have been acceptable.

I even contacted the local operator through Viators website on the 9th of April for some info on the time we would be back in Puno on the 18th and I got the answer on the 11th just to point out the fact that they where well aware we were ready fo the trip.

On the 17th morning we got picked up at our Hotel in Puno but after a few kilometres on our way , talking with the other guests, it was evident that they had made us join a different tour with a different plan:
As we crossed the bolivian border we had a quick visit at Copacabanas main church and then we boarded the Catamaran where we had a snack.
After 30 minutes we landed on Sun Island and joined a 20 minute ride on a local boat, then we where taken to the Inti-Wata complex and its pre-incan garden terraces which was part of the original plan for 2 hours.
We boarded the Catamaran again had lunch on board while cruising to Tiquina for almost 2 hours.
Unlike the other tourist that were headed to La Paz we landed at Tiquina just to be driven back to Copacabana with a new guide and driver
The local operator booked a Junior Suite in the Hotel Rosario del Lago very nice but unnecessary where we had dinner.
The day after there were no options but go and visit a small, neglected and uninteresting village called Sampayo by car 2 hours and a half drive for a 20 minute visit, head back to the Hotel where we had lunch exactly the same 3 dish choice we had the night before and started the transfer back to Puno. We got to Puno a 4 p.m sharp. End of the tour.

I must say all the local guides were very nice to us and tried everything they could to give us the best service possible.

We understand the problems raised with the local strike and we appreciated the efforts made from the local operator to fix the problem but we feel we wasted a full day the second in a meaningless and unpleasant place and , more importantly, we should have been warned about the problem at least 24 hours before the tour started.

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