URUS – HALF DAY
9.00 am. Transfer to the Port of Puno from your elected Hotel. After a beautiful motor boat journey (30 min.) amongst the reeds, we arrive to Uros, an archipelago of more than 60 manmade floating islands inhabited by the Uros, an ethnic group of fishermen, part of an ancestral group. Very few is known about their origins, a tradition tells that when a Inca king asked; Who are you? They answered “We are the first inhabitants on earth and have black blood”. In the colonial time they tried to live away the white man contact, but in the last decades they have made a more fluid contact with the main land culture, but still have bird’s hunting and fishing as their main activities. stepping on these man-made reed platforms feels very much like a waterbed, however they are quite safe to walk on. Actually you will observe a number of reed islands one next to the other, with houses and people on them There get a Guided tour to 2 or 3 islands, explore the surroundings on an authentic reed raft (optional) and return to Puno, arrival at 12.15pm and get transferred to your Hotel.
URUS & TAQUILE FULL DAY
This excursion begins at 8:00am with transfer from your Puno hotel to the port. Then by motor boat (35 feet long with a covered section in case of rain or cold weather, 25 individual seats) 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. In the mornings these islands can be crowded. We visit two of the 60 islands before continuing on to Taquile Island.
After a relaxed navigation of extra 2 1/2 hours when we get the chance to enjoy the spectacular views offered by Lake Titicaca, we get to Taquile island. There a unique community can be observed. A long path gradually ascending will take us to the village, the views are unique and worth’s. (45 min. hike approx) to visit the communal cooperative where you will find handy craft textiles of high quality. Lunch at one of the many local restaurants. The views are magnificent. Then we descent 500 steps down to the main port of the island. at 2:30pm approx. back to Puno City (3 hour return journey). At 5.30pm Arrival to Puno.
URUS & TAQUILE FULL DAY
Day 1 – Uros + Amantani
This excursion begins at 6:30am with a transfer from your hotel to the port. We then travel by motorboat to visit the Uros floating Islands. The boat is 35 feet long with a covered section in case of rain or cold weather. Stepping on the floating islands feels a lot like being on a waterbed but it is quite safe to walk on them. We see inside the houses, check out 2 of the 60 islands and rides on traditional reed boats can also be arranged. We then continue and after a 3-hour motorboat journey we arrive at Amantani Island. 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. Your designated host family will serve a typical lunch made from natural products. Then there is an optional football match with the locals, and a hike to the high point of the island to watch the sunset. After dinner your host 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!.
Overnight at the Home stay ( Basic facilities )
Day 2. Amantani /Taquile / Puno
Have breakfast, then depart to Taquile Island. After an hour’s boat ride we arrive at this unique place. There, a long gradually ascending path will take us to the village. It takes approximately 50 minutes to walk up to the village to visit the communal cooperative and there are plenty of photo opportunities on the way. We’ll enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants; the views are simply magnificent. Then we descend 500 steps down to the port. We return to Puno, a 3-hour return journey, at about 1 pm. Upon arrival at Puno, at approximately 4pm we transfer you to your hotel (end of services).