Floating Islands of Uros & Taquile Island

Floating Islands of Uros & Taquile Island

During this tour you’ll learn what life is like for the 2,000 Aymara-speaking Uros that reside on the 40 artificial Floating Islands of Uros. From there we’ll visit Quechua-speaking Taquile Island, whose colorful textiles, long-considered among the best quality Peruvian handicrafts, were proclaimed by UNESCO “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.”

  • Duration1 Day
  • CategoryCultural
  • DeparturesDaily Departures at 7:30am
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Photo Gallery: Floating Islands of Uros & Taquile Island

Totora reed boat on from floating Uros islands on Lake Titic
Woman looking over Lake Titicaca at reed boats of Uros near
Women on Amantani Island in Lake Titicaca near Puno, Peru.
Panoramic view of the Islands of Uros in Lake Titicaca in Pe
Girl with totora reed souvenier on Uros Island in Lake Titic
Floating Islands of Uros and Taquile Island
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Floating Islands of Uros & Taquile Island
1 Day Program

Day
1

Floating Islands of Uros - Taquile Island

At 7:30am We’ll come pick you up at your hotel and depart for the Puno port, where we will embark on our motorboat on the suprisingly transparent, flat and cold waters of giant Lake Titicaca (3821m above sea level). Along the way we’ll keep our eyes peeled for the lake’s highly diverse bird species, which include the parihuana, whose colors inspired the colors of the Peruvian flag.

After half an hour on the lake we will arrive at the famous Floating Islands of Uros. We’ll spend an hour exploring these fascinating thin islands constructed of the lake’s most prevalent plant, tortora reeds, the same reeds used to build their houses, boats, for tea and food. We’ll learn how the Uros, also known as kot-suña (people of the lake), subsist through fishing, weaving, and tourism.

Returning to our boat, we will then continue on to our second stop, the traditional island of Taquile, which still retains pre-Inca ruins and stone terraces. After fierce resistance it was integrated into the Inca empire as Intika and was one of the last places to fall to the Spanish Conquistadores. Converted into a prison in colonial times, it was only recently returned to the Taquile people in 1970. With a society based on a community collectivist model, the Taquile people subsist through fishing, farming, and tourism. They retain Inca as well as Spanish customs, as evidenced by their Spanish peasant dress with indigenous Andean accents. We’ll have a 1 hour hike up to the town. While exploring the town we’ll make stops at the artisanal center where you can view their lauded textiles and the local museum. During our time on Taquile we’ll stop to enjoy our lunch in a local restaurant.

Afterwards we’ll descend 530 steps along the opposite side of the Island and make our way to our boat in order to return to Puno, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

What's included on this day?

  • Hotel Pickup and Transport to the Port 
  • Entry Ticket to the Nacional Reserve of Titicaca, Taquile
  • Motorboat, with bathroom
  • Professional Guide
  • Lunch in Taquile

What's not included on this day?

  • Totora Boat Trip (optional)
  • Discretionary Spending
  • Lunch and Dinner

Additional information of this tour

Tour Includes:

  • Hotel Pickup and Transport to the Port 
  • Entry Ticket to the Nacional Reserve of Titicaca, Taquile
  • Motorboat, with bathroom
  • Professional Guide
  • Lunch in Taquile

Not Included:

  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Totora Boat Trip (optional)
  • Discretionary Spending

Recommended for this tour:

  • Hat, Sunblock and Sunglasses for the midday sun
  • Windbreaker or Jacket in case of afternoon chill

  • Bring some extra spending money if you’re interested in taking a ride in one of the reed boats of the Uros people, an optional excursion not included in the tour price.
  • Handicrafts from Uros and Taquile cost more than in Puno, but you’ll be buying directly from the artisan.

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