Puno Region
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From La Paz: Titicaca, Copacabana, and Isla del Sol Day-Trip

1. From La Paz: Titicaca, Copacabana, and Isla del Sol Day-Trip

Depart from La Paz on a fully guided day-trip that sails on Titicaca Lake and visits Copacabana and Yumani as well as Isla del Sol. Enjoy a tasty lunch and discover the famous Inca Steps and the Inca Fountain. Leave La Paz at around 7 am and after approximately 3 hours you will arrive at Tiquina, the narrowest part of the Lake Titicaca. Cross to the other side by boat and continue the trip on a 30-minute bus ride to the town of Copacabana. Once there, have lunch and then head towards the shore to catch a boat to the Isla del Sol, where you will see the Inca steps and the Inca fountain, also known as the youth fountain.  This Inca fountain represents the 3 pillars of the Aymara Culture, Ama Sua, Ama Llulla, and Ama Quella, which mean, you shall not steal, shall not lie, and shall not be lazy. Afterward, visit the town of Yumani and then start heading back to the port to catch the boat back to Copacabana. Once in Copacabana, explore the church, main square, and the crafts market. By 6 PM you will catch the bus back to La Paz, where you should arrive back in the city by 10 PM.

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

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

3. 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 Cusco: 2-Night Lake Titicaca Excursion

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

5. 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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Puno: Full-Day Tour of Lake Titicaca and Uros & Taquile

6. Puno: Full-Day Tour of Lake Titicaca and Uros & Taquile

You’ll be picked up at your Puno accommodation at the beginning of this full-day excursion to Lake Titicaca. An English-speaking guide will accompany you as you travel to the lake’s islands of Uros and Taquille. Uros is a group of islands whose buildings are made entirely of tortora reeds. It is home to a small community that dates back to pre-Inca times. Spend some time with the local residents before continuing on to Taquile – an island whose culture is more closely related to that of the Aymara people of Bolivia. You’ll enjoy a locally prepared lunch on the island before visiting the local cooperative and seeing first-hand the skill of the local weavers. Return to Puno and to your lodge after a unique look at the cultures of these islands.

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Cusco: 2-Day Lake Titicaca Tour

7. Cusco: 2-Day Lake Titicaca Tour

Day 1: Cusco to Puno You will be picked up from your hotel at 6:30 AM before heading to the tourist bus station for Puno. During the trip, you will make different stops for different tourist centers. At 8:10 AM you will take a 35-minute tour of the Temple of Andahuaylillas Chapel Sixtina de America. Later on, you will explore the Archeological Complex of Raqchi, before sitting down for a buffet-style lunch. In the afternoon, you will visit the Step la Raya, before continuing to explore the Museum Litico de Pucapucara. Your day will end at 5:30 PM, at which point you will arrive in the city of Puno to rest in your hotel. Day 2: Puno Your second day will begin at 6:30 AM, at which point you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Port of Puno. You will then board your boat in Puno, departing for Taquile. You will then visit the Uros Islands, where you will participate in a cultural demonstration that allows you to discover the Uro way of life. At 11:00 AM, you will reach a secondary port on the island of Taquile, from where you will go up a gentle slope towards the main town. This walk lasts approximately 1 hour, and during the tour, your guide will let you discover many aspects of the local Taquile culture. At 1:00 PM you will break for lunch at a village restaurant, where it is recommended to try the quinoa soup and the fresh fried fish from the lake. Following lunch, your return to the main port of Taquile will begin. At approximately 5:00 PM you will arrive at the hotel lobby. At 9:00 PM you will transfer to the bus station, depart for Cusco at 10:00 PM and arrive at 5:00 AM the following morning. You can then take a taxi back to your hotel.

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Cusco: The-Route-of-the-Sun Tour to Puno

8. Cusco: The-Route-of-the-Sun Tour to Puno

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco between 6:25AM to 6:45AM, at which point you should be ready and waiting at the door of your hotel or reception. From there, the first stop will be to the Sistine Chapel of America, Andahuaylillas. Following the chapel you'll head to the archaeological center of Raqchi, where you will have the opportunity to take photos. It will soon be time for a buffet lunch, which you will have 45 minutes to enjoy. Following lunch you'll arrive to the Lithic Museum of Pukara. Afterwards you will pass through Kalasasaya, following which you will arrive to Puno at approximately 5:00PM.

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From La Paz: Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca One-Day Tour

9. From La Paz: Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca One-Day Tour

Enjoy a visit to the ruins of Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca in a single day accompanied by a local guide. Start with pickup from your hotel in La Paz at 8:00 AM to go to the town of Tiwanaku, where mysterious ruins of the Inca Empire are located. Hear about the mysteries of the Monolith, and learn about Incan culture from your guide. See the "Puerta del Sol", the "Puerta de la Luna", the "Temple of Kalasasaya." Visit the Archaeological Museum in Tiwanaku, where you can see an array of Incan artifacts. Afterwards, stop for a local lunch in the village.  After lunch, continue to Huatajata, a town located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Meet people who build "totora boats" and experience a ride on one of these vessels through the waters of the lake. Take the opportunity to snap photos of the natural beauty of the area. Return to La Paz at approximately 4:00 PM

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Uros, Amantani, Taquile Island and Sillustani

10. Uros, Amantani, Taquile Island and Sillustani

First Day: Uros and Amantani Island  On this tour to Amantani, Uros and Taquile islands, passengers are picked up from hotels in downtown to the port, then take a comfortable motor boat. Your  guide (Spanish / English) will take you to the Uros floating islands (30 min travel time), before reaching Amantani (approx. 2.5 hours). Walk (30 min uphill) to local houses in Amantani Island, then eat a lunch provided by the islanders. There will be time for resting before walking to the top of the island to see the ceremonial Inca temples Pachamama and Pachatata, and you will also enjoy one of the best sunsets in the world. Return to the local house for dinner, then at night dance with the families (the party is optional). Second Day: Taquile and Sillustani After breakfast, descend to the port of Amantani (8:00 am) to take a boat towards Taquile island. Have lunch at the island and then return to the Port of Amantani (1:00 pm.) Arrive in Puno at around 3:30 pm. Your guide will then be waiting to take you Sillustani. Visit for approximately 1 hour before returning to Puno. 

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based on 123 reviews

It was an amazing experience to get in touch with Taquile's island way of living as a coperative social group and in an indepedent way from the mainland country. People there were so kind to show us some of their customs and to serve us delicious sea food :-) we also enjoyed our time spent with some Uros families, who tried to explain us their way of living from fishing, making handicrafts and tourists visiting them. We would like to give many thanks to our guide who was very knowledgable about their customs and he gave us a nice tour in uros and taquile islands!! The boat driver was very good and we were feeling safe during the whole boat trip! We totally recommend this experience! :-)

Excellent service!! I don't know how Leto the group in Cusco, there were only 3 of us, but the pick-up and transfer service were excellent !!!, the guide knew the tour and explained great in several languages! It was very enjoyable and we learned a lot about the culture thanks to the guide's explanations !!! An experience like no other !! recommended ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

It was a great day ... ,,, there was only one problem with the boat's engine, but it was solved in half an hour. Uros Island and Taquile Island

Nice excursion even if it is a bit touristy. It allows these ethnic groups to stay there for a few more years.

Very nice trip, small group, guide was very informative, relaxed and friendly