Boat in Titicaca Lake leaving Uros Island
Taquile local welcoming travelers
Titicaca lake landscape from taquile
Local and travelers sharing culture un Amantani
Locals in a reeds boat
Totora crafting by the Uros
Titicaca Landscape from Taquile
Terrace agriculture in Taquile
Interior of Amantani Acommodation
Group of locals in Amantani
Taquile Island tour
Taquile Island landscape
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Amantani and Taquile Island Tour

Discover the most authentic culture and communities of Titicaca Lake

(2 reviews)
Puno
2 days
Spanish / English
Starts: From your hotel in Puno at 7:30 a.m.
Ends: To your hotel in Puno at 4:00 p.m.
Free cancellation!

Briefing

During this two-day Amantani and Taquile Island Tour, you will get to live a unique and authentic experience in Lake Titicaca. You will get to know its culture and communities from within, avoiding the overcrowding that has been generated in the area. We will visit the different islands of the lake and get to know the daily life of its residents. We will have the opportunity to learn about the culture, food and traditions of the inhabitants of Quechua origin and even the origin of the floating islands of the Uros.

Do you want to know more? Keep on reading.

Tour details

Included

  • Transfers in van and boat
  • Bilingual professional guide
  • Tickets to the Uros
  • Amantani and Taquile Islands
  • Activities with the local families in Amantani

Not included

  • Payment to the local family ($17 USD - includes food and accommodation)
  • Tips
  • Day 2 lunch (20 soles / 6USD aproximately)

Important information

* We must keep in mind that the inhabitants of Taquile mainly speak Aymara and just a bit of spanish, but their warm and gracious personalities make this not a problem.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation! You can cancel this tour and you'll receive 100% refund of the amount paid if you cancel more than 48 hours in advance. After this time, or in case you do not show up, no refunds will be given.

Tour itinerary

DAY 1 Puno -Uros - Amantani

8 : 00 AM

Floating Islands of the Uros

After hotel pick up and transfer to the port of Puno, we leave for Amantani. On the way we will stop first at the artificial islands of the Uros where their inhabitants will explain us their way of life. The Uros collect a reed called Totora, and every 20 days they add a new layer to their islands to keep them afloat.

Uros artificial island
1 : 30 PM

Lake Titicaca Amantani Island Homestay

Upon arrival, the people of Amantani will welcome us and guide us through the island to our respective houses. Later, you will eat at the home of your local family. After lunch, the family will invite us to participate in different daily activities on the island, and we will discover their culture and traditions.

Locals welcoming travelers
4 : 00 PM

Pachatata Amantani viewpoint hike

We will start a short hike to the highest part of the island, crossing various fields. Once we have arrived, you can admire the majestic hill where rituals and offerings of gratitude and respect to Mother Earth are still performed. You will also find a viewpoint called "Pachatata" to have a better view of Lake Titicaca and its islands during sunset.

pachatata amantani sunset
7 : 00 PM

Arrival Festival

We will have dinner at the home of our local family. Later, we can join the celebration that takes place on the occasion of our arrival on the island, with traditional music and dances, known as the "peña" night. After the celebration, it will be time to sleep in Amantani.

Locals and travelers with traditional clothes

DAY 2 Amantani - Taquile - Puno

8 : 00 AM

Taquile Island Tour

After breakfast, we will go to the island of Taquile where we will follow an uphill path towards the main town there. During the short hike, you can enjoy beautiful views and agricultural terraces. Once we have arrived, they will teach us their sheep wool treatment technique and show us the art of weaving and spinning.

Traveler and sheep in Taquile
12 : 00 PM

Lunch and return to Puno

We will have lunch at a local community restaurant in Taquile. After lunch, we will return to Puno to arrive around 16:00 in the afternoon. To finish our Amantani and Taquile island Tour in Titicaca, a minibus will drop us off at our hotel.

Uros floating island

What to bring to Amantani and Taquile Island Tour

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturizer
  • Swimsuit
  • Hat or cap
  • Warm and comfortable clothes
  • Camera

Where does the tour Amantani and Taquile Island Tour start

If you plan to arrive from Arequipa, the most common option is to take the tour to the Colca Canyon and on the second day board a bus from Chivay directly to Puno, where you will arrive around 6:00 PM. If you plan to arrive from Cusco, you can do so in a tourist bus that has different, regular stops along the route at various archaeological sites and tourist attractions (10 hours ride). Alternatively, you can also board a direct bus on a route of roughly 6.5 hours that you can book with several companies, including Cruz del Sur. If you plan to arrive in Puno coming from Bolivia, you can opt for different companies that offer the route Copacabana - Puno or La Paz - Puno.

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