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AMANTANI HOME STAY + UROS & TAQUILE 2D/01N

This trip will give you the chance to experience the magnificent Lake Titicaca. Visiting the 3 different islands included in this trip will give you a wide perspective of life in Lake Titicaca.

This is for sure one of the best products in rural communitarian tourism in Peru. 

Amantani Island, place full of living culture. There you see and experience up close the real rural life of Peru and spend time with an authentic local family. You won’t just be an observer. This unique island holds temples at its tops with a hidden ancient message kept by the local “Shamans”.

Taquile Island, a place where the time has stopped. There you will see an indigenous community that conserves original Inca social traditions and organizations. The isolation has kept them almost untouched by the modern world.

The Uros Floating Islands, where you will observe artificial reed platforms inhabited by this ancient ethnic group. It is surely one of the most original ways of life on earth. Some people think them artificial and acting for tourists. But in fact they are authentic, their culture is authentic, and the history of why they live amongst the reeds is fascinating.

*NOTE: This Tour Departs From Puno Which Is Located 7 Hours From Cusco By Bus. We Can Book These Buses For You In The UKUKUS Travel Office.

Tour description: 2 DAY – (daily Fixed depart)

Day 01: Uros + Amantani.

This excursion begins at 7:30am with transfer from your hotel to the port. Then by motor boat (35 feet long with a covered section in case of rain or cold weather) we visit the Uros floating Islands. Stepping on them feels very much like a water bed (but it is quite safe), We see the houses, the islands and rides on traditional reed boats can be arranged .We visit two of the 30 islands before continuing on to Amantani Island. After a 3 hour journey we get to Amantani.

You will probably see local families running down the hill to welcome you. At the port our group breaks into smaller groups for home stays. Typical lunch is served by your designated family.

Optional football match, then a hike to the high point of the island to watch the sunset. At dinner you designated family will dress you up in traditional local costumes and take you to the community hall for a small celebration, it is a lot of fun! Fell the energy of this live culture. (Night accommodation with a local family at the island).

Day 02: Amantani /Taquile / Puno.

Breakfast and departure to Taquile Island. After an hour's navigation we get to this unique place. There, a long path gradually ascending will take us to the village (50 min. hike approx) to visit the communal cooperative. Lunch at one of the local restaurants. The views are magnificent. Then we descend 500 steps down to the port. At 1 pm approx. return to Puno (a 3 hour return journey). On arrival at Puno we transfer you to your hotel, approximately at 4pm. (End of the adventure.) Night Bus to Cusco before 20:00Hrs.

Duration: 02 Days

Difficulty level: III

Culture Shock Grading: III

Frequency: Daily

Schedule: 7.30am.

Attractions: Landscapes, local culture & home stay

Transportation: Regular motor boat 12 k/h in group service 

* Ukukus Travel Loves Creating And Operating Great And Unique Tours. We Believe In Promoting Sustainable Tourism By Working Together With Local People And Guides To Produce The Best Quality Tours For Fair Prices.

IMPORTANT FACTS:

PRICE:

USD: 60.00

DURATION:

02 DAYS/01NIGHT

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INCLUSIONS

  • Pick-up from Puno Travel office (or hostel in downtown Puno)
  • English-Spanish speaking guide for 2 days
  • Entrance fees
  • Normal boat transportation (3 hour and ½ navigation)
  • Overnight home-stay with lunch, dinner and breakfast in Amantani (houses are very simple and toilets are basic). The local family will provide you also with three or more clean blankets. However we suggest using your sleeping bag if you have one with you.

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NOT INCLUDED:

  • Lunch in Taquile
  • Tips

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WHAT TO BRING:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat or cap to protect from the sun and cold
  • Layers; wind jacket, sweater
  • Sleeping bag (if you have one)
  • Cash for Lunch in Taquile, souvenirs and tips

Program Full Day: TAQUILE ISLAND + UROS

If you have only one day to know Lake Titicaca, this is your option. This trip takes you to an encounter with the lake culture & landscapes.

The Uros Floating Islands.- On the hearth of the National Reserve Of lake Titicaca , an extence area of reed banks , where you will observe artificial reed platforms inhabited by this ancient ethnic group. It is surely one of the most original ways of life on earth. Some people think them artificial and acting for tourists. But in fact they are authentic, their culture is authentic, and the history of why they live amongst the reeds is fascinating.

Taquile Island, A place where the time has stopped. There you will see an indigenous community that conserves original Inca social traditions and organizations. The isolation has kept them almost untouched by the modern world. This enchanting Island with long shape is full of Inca terraces and some pre-Inca remains on its top.

*NOTE: This Tour Departs From Puno Which Is Located 7 Hours From Cusco By Bus. We Can Book These Buses For You In The UKUKUS Travel Office.

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Tour description: FULL DAY – TAQUILE ISLAND + UROS (Classic Tour)

This excursion begins at 6:30am with transfer from your hotel to the port. Then by motor boat (35 feet long with a covered section in case of rain or cold weather) we visit the Uros floating Islands. Stepping on them feels very much like a water bed (but it is quite safe). We see the houses, the islands and meet its friendly inhabitants .Uros people are descendents of one of the oldest South American groups. Rides on traditional reed boats can be arranged.

We visit two of the 30 islands before continuing on to Taquile Island. After a relaxed navigation of 2 1/2 hours when we get the chance to enjoy the spectacular views offered by Lake Titicaca, we get to this unique place. There a unique community can be observed, they conserve Incan laws and social system. A long path gradually ascending will take us to the village, the views are unique and worth’s. (45 min. hike aprox.) To visit the communal cooperative. Lunch at one of the local restaurants. The views are magnificent. Then we descent 500 steps down to the port. at 2:30pm approx. return to Puno (a 3 hour return journey). On arrival at Puno we transfer you to your hotel.

Duration: Full day | Difficulty level: II | Culture Shock Grading: III | Frequency: Daily | Schedule: 6.30am. | Attractions: Landscapes, local culture & home stay | Transportation: Regular motor boat 12 k/h in group service.

IMPORTANT FACTS:

PRICE: USD: 35.00
DURATION: FULL DAY

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INCLUSIONS

  • Transfers : hotel /port / hotel, 
  • Motor boat transport.
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish-English).
  • Entrance fees.
  • Lunch

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Lunch
  • Tips

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat or cap to protect from the sun and cold
  • Layers; wind jacket, sweater
  • Sleeping bag (if you have one)
  • Cash for Lunch in Taquile, souvenirs and tips
  • Ukukus Travel Loves Creating And Operating Great And Unique Tours. We Believe In Promoting Sustainable Tourism By Working Together With Local People And Guides To Produce The Best Quality Tours For Fair Prices.

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CUSCO – PUNO BY BUS: SPECIAL SERVICE

Ukukus Travel is proud to offer the Inka Express guided bus tour between Cusco and Puno.

Departure: 7:30am.

Visiting:

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ANDAHUAYLILLAS: It is named the “ sixtina Chapel of America” and to some extent the comparison is correct: This church is one of the most surprising and beatiful examples of the andean popular religious Art.: The church of Andahualillas is a jewerly of the mestizo baroque architecture that was developedin Cusco.

ts nave present s profuse decoration, specially the ceiling decorated with carved panels wich are covered with “pan de Oro” (type of gold decoration).

RAQCHI ( Templo f Wiracocha God) : At 121 km. Cusco, it was an inka church of monumental dimensions: 100 meters long, by 26 meters wide and 14 meters heights: the templo is divided in two naves and each nave shows 11 giant columns. The bases of the church ate built with perfectly carved stones continued with adobe.

Close to the church there are circular shaped buildings known as QOLQAS or food stores, also houses, agricultural areas and fountain waters.

SICUANI CITY: Indicated place to stop and have our Buffet lunch.

LA RAYA: Half point in the road Cusco-Puno. It is the highest part, It has 4,335 meters above sea level, we can appreciate beautiful landscapes, lamas, alpacas and vicuñas, geographic border between two cultures quechua and aymara, we can see the altiplano arid in conjunction with the quechua zone with rivers and valleys.

PUKARA: Its the most important and oldest ceremonial center of altiplano , preceding to tiahuanaco, characterized by a series oh echelon platforms that are similar to a pyramid named kalasaya; that ends in a plane ceremonial center. There are also interesting lito-sculptures, trails or tomb stone of intriguing personage that seems to show evidence of a brave civilization.

Here is where it was discovered the origins of the andean culture in the altiplano.

IMPORTANT FACTS:

PRICE: USD: 60.00
DURATION: FULL DAY

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • Visiting to: Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, La raya and Pukara.
  • Entrance fee to every place to visit.
  • Tour guide English/Spanish speaking
  • Buffet lunch in Sicuani.
  • Board service (Tea, Coffe, coca tea and mineral water).
  • Hygienic bathroom, oxygen, calefaction, music, TV video.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Tips/Souvenirs

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Camera and Batteries
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Rain gear
  • Cash for souvenirs

Coming from Bolivia? Why not take this tour in the reverse direction from Puno to Cusco. Need more details? Chat with us about it.

Ukukus Travel Loves Creating And Operating Great And Unique Tours. We Believe In Promoting Sustainable Tourism By Working Together With Local People And Guides To Produce The Best Quality Tours For Fair Prices.

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TITICACA LAKE: HALF DAY TOUR

Short Description

The floating islands of Uros are located inside the bay of Lake Titicaca only 14 Km. (9 miles) away from the city (20 to 30 minutes of navigation). The name Uros was used to name a very particular ethnic group that co-existed in Lake Titicaca with the Inkas, Aymaras and possibly with other civilizations. It is believed that the Uros were one of the first ethnic groups populating the Andean region. These people were simple fishers and bird hunters and preferred to remain isolated from the more advanced civilizations. Their search for isolation may be one reason why they decided to live in mobile houses on the lake. When the Spanish chroniclers encountered the Uros by the end of the XVI century, the Uros were still living on the lake in small reed-boats that they used as floating houses. Only in the early 60, the Uros started to build small artificial islands with reeds for their homes. Nowadays, the reeds are still very important material for the Uros. They eat the reeds, build boats and houses with it, feed their few animals with reeds, and they use the reeds to make fire and cook.

*NOTE: This Tour Departs From Puno Which Is Located 7 Hours From Cusco By Bus. We Can Book These Buses For You In The Ukukus Travel Office.

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Full Itinerary

08:45 Pick-up from office or downtown Puno hostel
09:15 Boat departure from main dock
10:00 Visit of 2-3 floating islands
12:30 Return to downtown Puno or terminal bus

IMPORTANT FACTS:

PRICE: USD: 25.00
DURATION: FULL DAY

INCLUSIONS

  • Transfers : hotel /port / hotel,
  • Motor boat transport.
  •  Bilingual guide (Spanish-English).
  • Entrance fees.
  • Lunch

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NOT INCLUDED:

  • Lunch
  • Tips
  • Ukukus Travel Loves Creating and Operating Great And Unique Tours. We Believe In Promoting Sustainable Tourism By Working Together With Local People And Guides To Produce The Best Quality Tours For Fair Prices.

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