Peru

Lake Titicaca Homestay - 2 Days

Experience the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca Homestay - 2 Days

Experience the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca

UROS FLOATING ISLANDS & TAQUILE ISLAND  - 2 Days
Enjoy a fully guided experience learning how the locals live on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca - a community built on grass. Visit the amazing island of Taquile and live with a local family for a night.
OVERVIEW:

Duration: 2D/1N- Homestay with private room

Overnight: Luquina community

HIGHLIGHTS:​
  • Visit Uros - floating reed communities
  • Visit Taquile Island (known for its intricate handicrafts)
  • Luquina community homestay
  • Sail on Lake Titicaca

Trip ITINERARY

DAY 1: UROS ISLAND - TAQUILE ISLAND - LUQUINA HOMESTAY

The tour starts in Puno with pick up from your hotel at 8am. From here we transfer to the dock in Puno and embark on a boat journey towards Taquile Island and later on to the community of Luquina. On the way to Taquile, we stop by the floating Islands of Uros for a guided interpretation of the local way of life. Here you will be able to see how the locals live and even wear some traditional clothes! ​

Around noon, we arrive in Taquile Island and start a soft hike up to a community where we will enjoy a textile and cultural exhibition where a native guide will explain the history and culture of the area along with an explanation of the textile designs from Taquile. Lunch will be enjoyed on Taquile Island.

Around 1:30pm we return to the dock to continue our trip to the community of Luquina.

Upon our arrival in Luquina, we will be greeted and welcomed by the friendly members of the community. We will immediately notice their beautiful bright typical clothing and enjoy the sound of their musical instruments.

As part of the community based tourism initiative, travelers cans spend time with the locals, gaining and insight into daily activities such as farming, fishing sailing and cookery. Some groups will choose to play soccer and volleyball against the locals; such activities are the favorites of local children and young people to share with the visitors.

A delicious dinner made of local produce will be served in the host family's house: Quinoa soup and a tasty potato and vegetable stew with rice. Communication might be difficult as the local people speak mostly Aymara and some Spanish but they are very warm and gracious. Gesturing and smiling works very well!​

In the evening, the community will offer us a chance to enjoy their Andean music played with traditional instruments and we will be more than welcome to try to join the local group for either dancing or playing a local musical instrument. Do not be surprised when you will also be given the opportunity and privilege to try on the local dress and costumes.​

  • Overnight in homestay

DAY 2: LUQUINA HOMESTAY - PUNO

After breakfast, the morning will be filled with more activities such as hikes around the community and through the paths crossing the small farmlands or sailing on a fishermen’s boat around the peninsula’s cliffs. For those who love trekking, there is an option to do a one hour hike up to a lookout point. The hike can be tough, because of the altitude, but the views are worthy reward. The vastness of Lake Titicaca is breathtaking and the sight is graced with the small, terraced farms, adobe buildings and a peaceful lakeshore’s beach.

After lunch our host families will wave goodbye as we embark again on the boat back to Puno and to continue on the next adventure.

We arrive in Puno dock and we will be transfer to our hotel.

Additoinal Information

WHY CULTURAL LUQUINA?

Around 15 families in Luquina have been trained to provide tourism services such as cooking and housekeeping. Today, the best rural guest rooms in Lake Titicaca are found in this community. Their rooms are cozy, very comfortable and most have a pretty view of the lake. The rooms have also clean private bathrooms and hot showers. They also offer clean and comfortable beds with thick and warm blankets.

Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. We will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible.

Additional Trip Info

  • Pick-up/ drop off from hotel in Puno
  • Round trip boat transportation
  • Lunch in Taquile Island
  • Sailboat ride (if conditions are favorable)
  • Entrance fees to the islands
  • Bilingual Tour Guide (English/Spanish) for 2 days

  • $35 for lodgment in homestay (1 dinner – 1 lunch – 1 breakfast per person in Luquina). Direct payment to local family. The rooms in Luquina have private bathroom and shower
  • Tips
  • There is a supplemental charge for pick ups from hotels outside the city of Puno.

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