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From Puno: Uros Islands and Taquile Island Full Day Tour

1. From Puno: Uros Islands and Taquile Island Full Day Tour

Depart Puno and journey to the floating islands of the Uros people on Lake Titicaca. Get explanations from your guide about how these islands are created by the locals using bundles of dried totora reeds. Learn the history of the area and interact with the locals to hear more about their life out on the water. Then, cruise over to Taquile Island in the largest part of Lake Titicaca. Experience life on the lake up close and get some stunning views of the Andes Mountains as a bonus. Hear about the inhabitants of Taquile Island and how they descended from the Inca people to mostly work as farmers and weavers, and how they have inherited some distinct Inca traditions. Go for a medium-level hike on the island, known for its handwoven art and collective farms, and enjoy a lunch of local produce served in a local restaurant. Then, return to Puno city on the shore of the lake for the end of the tour services.

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Arequipa: Colca Canyon Day Tour to Puno

2. Arequipa: Colca Canyon Day Tour to Puno

Enjoy early morning pickup at your hotel or accommodation in Arequipa, from where you will travel to the incredible Colca Canyon. After arriving to this natural habitat of the giant Andean condor, you will begin your all-day tour of this incredible area. Stop for breakfast in the charming town of Chivay and travel through the Andes villages before reaching the Cruz del Cóndor viewpoint. Once there, walk to the viewpoint and see the views of the surrounding landscape. Cross the Patapampa Pass and admire the beautiful flora and fauna of the area, where you'll also see the peaks of the Misti, Chachani, Pichu Pichu, and Ampato volcanoes. Following the tour you will have the option to go to the La Calera Hot Spring. At the conclusion of your tour the bus will return you back to to the city of Puno, where you will be dropped off to the main square at approximately 7:30PM.

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Full–Day Sightseeing Bus Tour between Cusco and Puno

3. Full–Day Sightseeing Bus Tour between Cusco and Puno

Start your tour at 7:00 AM as you depart. Enjoy a guided tour of the church San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, considered one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the Andes thanks to the rich decoration. Move on to take a guided tour of the Archaeological complex of Raqchi, home to agricultural terraces, an artificial lagoon, Inca houses and the Temple of Wiracocha God, a pilgrimage destination during Inca times. Sit down for a buffet lunch in Sicuani town to taste delicious Peruvian food, before you move on to Abra La Raya, a natural and political border. See the imposing Chimboya mountain towering at 5300 meters high. Visit the Lithic Museum of Pucara and discover an ancient civilization that emerged in the high plains 2000 years ago. See the many anthropomorphic designs carved on stone, worshiped by the Pucara civilization. Please note that the described itinerary is the route from Cusco to Puno; if you choose to take the tour in the opposite direction, your itinerary will be reversed.

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Lake Titicaca 2-Day Tour to Uros, Amantani and Taquile

4. Lake Titicaca 2-Day Tour to Uros, Amantani and Taquile

Discover the islands of Lake Titicaca on this 2-day tour from Puno. Spend the night at a homestay on Amantani Island and learn about local traditions. Day 1: Uros Islands and Amantani Head to the legendary floating reed islands by motorboat. On Amantani Island the tour breaks into smaller groups for stays with local families. Trek to the top of the mountain to see the Temples of the Pachamama and Pachatata. Authentic food will be prepared and music performed by your designated family. Day 2: Taquile Island – Puno After breakfast, take a short boat ride to nearby Taquile island and meet locals known for their intricate weavings. Return to Puno after lunch, arriving between 3:15 PM and 3:30 PM.

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Cusco – Puno Direct Transfers

5. Cusco – Puno Direct Transfers

Travel comfortably with all facilities from Puno to Cusco or vice versa. No matter if you travel at night or during the day, benefit from the air–conditioner and heating system, drinks on board, Wi–Fi on board, and USB chargers. Departure will be at 9:30 PM (regardless of the departure point, Puno or Cusco). Get warm with heating to rest comfortably. The arrival time will be at approximately 4:30 AM (regardless of the departing point, Puno or Cusco).

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Lake Titicaca, Uros and Taquile Full-Day Tour

6. Lake Titicaca, Uros and Taquile Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Titicaca and visit the floating islands of Uros. The inhabitants of the lake are referred to as the Water Tribe and have built their own islands with a local type of sugarcane. Their homes and boats are also made from this material. The next stop is Taquile Island, inhabited by Quechua speakers who have developed unique and effective social systems and hand-weaving techniques. Stop for a typical lunch in the village of Taquile. Take a walk through the hills and archaeological sites of this 6-kilometer-long island before returning to Puno by boat.

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From Arequipa: 2-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

7. From Arequipa: 2-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

Embark on a 2-day trek to the Colca Canyon, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and an incredible sight. Look out for more than 100 kinds of birds, over 300 types of plants and more than 30 types of cactus. Head to Condor’s Cross for the best viewpoint in South America for seeing the Andean Condor, a gracious bird that can have a wingspan of up to 3 meters and weigh up to 12 KG. Day 1: Arequipa - Chivay - Condor’s Cross - Sangalle After an early morning (around 3:00-3:30 AM) pick-up from your hotel, head to Cabanaconde in the Colca Canyon. This is approximately a 6-hour drive from Arequipa, and on the way you’ll stop for breakfast. Continue to Condor’s Cross for a panoramic view of the canyon and the famous Andean Condor. Arrive at the beginning of your trek and start a downhill hike for about 3-hour from 3,300 to 2,100 meters above sea level into the canyon. Upon arrival, have lunch and take some time to rest in San Juan de Chuccho. Continue your journey and pass by the towns of Cosñirhua and Malata. Hike further into the canyon until reaching Sangalle, the deepest part of the canyon and 1900 meters above sea level. Sangalle is a lush green oasis with a tropical microclimate and some simple accommodation. Here you can enjoy the swimming pool after a long day of hiking. Enjoy dinner and spend the night here Day 2: Sangalle - Cabanaconde - Chivay - Arequipa or Puno Leave early morning (around 5:00 AM), and start hiking uphill for about 3-hour back to Cabanaconde town using torch lights for illumination. Enjoy spectacular views of the sunrise and eat breakfast upon arrival at Cabanaconde.  Head towards Chivay, viewing pre-Inca terraces, archaeological ruins, and colonial towns on the way. Around noon, arrive at the hot springs. Optionally take a dip in the hot springs and relax in waters of 38°C. In Chivay, have a buffet lunch in a local restaurant (not included). After lunch, start your return to Arequipa. On the way, you will descend from 4830 to 2325 meters above sea level, passing by a national reserve and Pampa Cañahuas. This is is a habitat for the four species of South American camelids (llama, alpaca, vicuña, and guanaco). Arrive in Arequipa late afternoon and be dropped you off next to Santa Catalina Monastery. If you choose the option to be dropped off in Puno, you will leave from Chivay after having lunch. You’ll arrive around 6:45 PM in Puno. You will also make a stop in Pampa Cañahuas to have great views of the local landscapes.

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From Cusco: 2-Night Lake Titicaca Excursion

8. From Cusco: 2-Night Lake Titicaca Excursion

Day 1 Meet your driver at the bus terminal in Cusco in the evening and board your overnight bus to Puno. Day 2 After a night on the road, arrive in Puno in the morning. Transfer to your hostel where you can leave your bags for the day. Next, take the boat out to the Uros Islands for a guided tour of the famous floating reed islands. Enjoy a cruise through the highest navigable lake in the world to reach the remote island of Taquile. Upon arrival at Taquile, enjoy a guided tour of the island which takes in some of the best viewpoints available before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, begin the journey back to Puno.  In Puno, enjoy some free to explore the city or go for dinner at one of the many restaurants before boarding your overnight bus back to Cusco. Day 3 Get dropped off at your hotel or hostel in Cusco in the morning.

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From Puno: Uros Floating Islands Guided Tour

9. From Puno: Uros Floating Islands Guided Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in downtown Puno in the morning, and then sail across Lake Titicaca to discover the islands built from reeds by the indigenous Uros people. Get stunning views of the natural reserve and look for wildlife, such as ducks, flamingos and other native birds. Receive a friendly welcome from the local people on arrival and listen to their traditional songs. Hear their extraordinary history from your bilingual guide, and take in amazing views of around 70 small islands that can be prone to drifting! Get some free time to walk around the islands and see how they are made. Enhance your experience and take a ride on a reed boat with the locals. Float peacefully across the lake and watch the world go by. 

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Puno: 2 Day Visit to Uros, Amantani and Taquile

10. Puno: 2 Day Visit to Uros, Amantani and Taquile

Depart from Puno on the first day of the tour and head to the floating islands of Uros and marvel at the stunning scenery all around. Next, enjoy a 3-hour motorboat journey to the Amantani island and see local families running down the hill to welcome you. Meet your designated host family and immerse yourself in their traditional culture and way of life. Enjoy a typical lunch with the family made from natural local products and participate in intercultural activities until dinner time. After dinner, watch a traditional show with your family before spending the night at their home. On day two of the tour start with an early breakfast with your host family. After an emotional goodbye, it's time to depart to Taquile Island a traditional Quechua speaking community, located at the heart of the Lake Titicaca. Admire the beautiful harbor of Taquile and then walk up along a narrow path to the center of the island. Along the walk, gaze upon the breathtaking natural landscapes including the nearby Bolivian mountain range. Once you arrive at the top of the hike, listen to your local guide share stories and anecdotes about traditional life on Taquile. Later on, enjoy some free time to wander around and explore then relax at a local restaurant for lunch. Finally, descend to the harbor and hop aboard the boat back to Puno.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 441 reviews

Ich war von diesem Tour sehr gut überrascht. Super Organisation und Erklärungen vom Guides. Ich war ein bisschen skeptisch weil ich viele Kommentare darüber gelesen habe, dass es sehr turistisch geworden ist und nicht mehr so autentisch. Ich muss zustimmen aber es gibt ein Grund warum es so ist. Das war eine der interessantesten Erlebnisse für mich in Peru und wurde jedem empfehlen. Mir geht´s nicht darum ob sich die Einwohnern für die Turisten bekleiden, sondern wie sie dort leben und diese schwimmende Inseln bauen. Und ein Tip.. die Armbänder die man in Taquile zu verkaufen findet gibt es wirklich nur dort. Ich dachte es gäbe noch in Cuzco, aber gar nicht. Und die sind wirklich die schönste und autentischste. Schade, hätte ich das vorher gewusst.

This transfer/day trip was great. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone transferring from Cusco to Puno. The bus was extremely comfortable. The stops interesting and just the right length. A definite 10 out of 10!

Interesantes las islas flotantes, los humanos aprovechando la naturaleza.

Great day visiting Uros and Taquile Islands and meeting with the locals.

Very well organized, adorable guides, facilitates good meetings.