7. 2-day Tour Lake Titicaca - Uros, Amantani & Taquile
Day 1: Early in the morning, we will pick you up at the hotel located in the city of Puno to go to the port lake, and take the regular boat to start the excursion visiting the Uros Floating Islands. These beautiful islands, handmade by the man, are made with totora reed and there are about 80 islands of this material around. The islands of Uros are built by weaving the totora reed and also, they build their houses with the same material and cook outdoors to avoid fires. You will meet the friendly Uros people, their customs and lifestyle. The Titicaca tour continues taking a boat ride towards Amantani Island, sailing the extensive Lake Titicaca considered the highest navigable lake in the world with an altitude of 3,812 meters above sea level, and it is the second largest lake in South America. Upon arrival, the friendly community will welcome us. There are in total 800 families and this mystical island has important ceremonial centers and shamans who see the future through coca leaves. We will have lunch with the local people to learn more about their lifestyle. Then we will ascend to Pacha Tata (4,100 meters above sea level), where is located the most important mystical ceremonial center of the Lake Titicaca, to see the beautiful sunset. Enjoy a lovely dinner with the local people, and if you wish, then you can participate in traditional activities with them. You will spend the night in a cozy family house. Day 2: After a traditional Andean breakfast, we will embark on the boat to visit Taquile Island, located 28 miles from Amantaní Island. Taquile has an altitude of 3,950 meters above sea level, however, the highest point reaches 4,050 meters. On this island, you will enjoy spectacular Lake views, as well as its landscapes surrounded by Andes mountains and an amazing blue sky. Here you will admire wonderful flora such as the Cantuta flower, and the medicinal plant Muña with healing properties, most used in infusions. The fauna is from farm animals such as cows, rams, chickens, among others. We will appreciate a special show of the local community with dances, music and a photo session with traditional costumes, while you are enjoying lunch. The Taquile island is well known because of its talented people. The textile art is really impressive with ancient and organic techniques, like the use of natural dyeing from vegetables. At the end, we will take the boat back towards the port lake of the city of Puno. Then, we are going to drop you off at your hotel.