The city of Puno (3,827m) is located in the heart of the high plateau (altiplano) of Peru, in the immediate vicinity of stunning Lake Titicaca. This lake is of great significance in South America due to its history saturated with myth as well as its status as the highest navigable lake in the world, allowing it to serve as a commercial and migratory route. The legacy of Puno stretches back to before 300 B.C., when humans first settled the region. It was site of development of the “Pukara” and “Tiawanaco” cultures, the latter eventually expanding over nearly all the territory of modern day Peru, exercising influence especially in matters of religion. While the Pukara are remembered for their pyramidal structures and stone monuments, the Tiawanaco were masters of architecture, ceramic, and textiles. This tour will allow you to visit the stunning Lake Titicaca as well as the surrounding Chullpas de Sillustani, burial structures constructed for the nobility, among the remnants of a variety of other cultures which appear later in history. Puno is also known as the home of the greatest folklore festival in Latin America. In February, the famous “Virgen de la Candelaria” takes place, and the city comes alive with vibrancy and colors for a carnival similar that of Brazil. This condensed trip includes the most significant parts of this region as well as offering unique opportunities to visit and spend the night with communities to live as their ancestors did.
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You will be collected from you accommodation around 7:45 a.m, with the first stop at the ‘Floating Island of Uros’, where your guide will identify each island and explain how they were formed on Lake Titicaca, as well as clarify their significance. This visit will be followed by three-hour trip by boat to the island “Amantani,” inhabited by 8 communities who devote themselves to terrace agriculture, the raising of sheep, and the production of artisanal textiles and stone carvings. Over the course of the 9km trip, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of breathtaking views and landscapes offered by the mountains of the Andes. Once at the main port of Amantani, the community’s president will welcome you and divide everyone into groups according to the family you will be staying with. This family will be responsible for all your needs – food, accommodation, and company. In the afternoon, you will have the option to hike up one of the sacred mountains known as “Pacha Tata” with spectacular views of Lake Titicaca. You will spend the night on this beautiful island, enjoying the hospitality of the families.
After a delicious typical breakfast, you will move on to the next island located about an hour away by boat, Taquile. The people of Taquile are very collaborative and organized. They are well recognized for the high caliber of their textiles, even having been awarded a prize by UNESCO. It is worth mentioning that the yarns and fabrics are made primarily by the men of community, who start learning this trade at the age of 8. The community here is very welcoming and they are eager to show you how they make their famous textiles. Life in Taquile remains largely unchanged by the advancements of the modern age. The visit lasts roughly two hours and is followed by lunch. Finally, you will return to Puno for arrival around 5:00pm.
- Shuttle Hotel – Puerto – Hotel.
- Professional guide- fluent in English.
- Entrance ticket to islands.
- Transport in boat.
- One (1) night’s accommodation with a family (Amantani).
- One (1) lunch, one (1) Dinner, One (1) breakfast.
- Day 2: lunch in Taquile (lunch cost is S/. 15 soles).
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WE RECOMMEND TO BRING:
- Personal backpack.
- Mineral water.
- Comfortable shoes.
- Personal medication.
- Waterproof Jacket (October to March).
- Hat for Sun.
- Photographic camera.
DOCUMENTS TO CARRY WITH YOU
- Original Passports.
- Immigration card.
- Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount).