A fantastic way to explore local life around Titicaca
If you want to get a deeper insight into how the Aymara people of Titicaca live, then leave your hotel for a night and enjoy a highly rewarding homestay. Amantani islanders still live very traditionally and very simply. You can spend the night in one of their houses, and learn a bit more about life on this remote island. Combined with one of the great train journeys in the world, this makes for a fantastic and contrasting package.
Day one sees the beginning of an epic journey toward the historical city of Puno and the epic Lake Titicaca. Travel however you’re comfortable, whether it be a private car with your personal driver, a tourist bus, or the famous luxury train.
Whichever way you choose you won’t miss out: each follows the same route of incredible views and unique Peruvian culture. Or, if you’re a little short on time you can skip the long ride and fly directly into Juliaca, Puno’s neighboring city.
On your arrival in Puno, you’ll be transferred to your hotel right on the shores of the beautiful Lake Titicaca in time to watch the sunset.
Included: transport & hotel
The morning begins as you head aboard a shared tourist boat ready to cruise across Lake Titicaca. You are accompanied by your own private guide who whisks you away from the crowds all while sharing local traditions, agricultural methods, and history with you. You will spend the morning exploring the floating islands of Uros before continuing to Amantani Island for a deliciously fresh local lunch.
After lunch, you will meet the family you will be staying with and get settled in. You then have the option to hike to the top of the island, where the reward of spectacular views and the promise of an incredible sunset await you.
Head back to your host family ready for a homecooked meal shared with local people. The accommodation is authentic, and a window into the humble lives of the locals. This cultural exchange is a truly unique opportunity for you while visiting Lake Titicaca.
Included: Private English-speaking guide, transport, boat ticket, homestay on Amantani, breakfast, lunch, dinner
After breakfast, you will bid goodbye to your host family and Amantani Island as you continue on your journey through the lake. A short trip through the water will bring you to Taquile Island, famous for the local weavings, friendly people, and brilliant hikes. The morning is yours as you choose, and your time in Taquile is topped off with a hearty lunch from a local and authentic restaurant.
After lunch, we make our way back to the mainland of Puno, where you will be dropped off safely at your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city, visit local markets, or simply rest in the comfort of your room.
Included: English-speaking guide, hotel in Puno, breakfast, lunch, transport.
Today, we recommend that you book a later flight back to Cusco or Lima so that you have the opportunity to visit the pre-Inca burial towers of Silustani before leaving Puno. These ruins are an incredible insight into ancient Peruvian life and death, and they offer a fantastic opportunity for you to get to know a different side of the cultures around Lake Titicaca.
Included: breakfast, transport
In order to fully enjoy your trip it is very important that you choose the right trip for you and fully understand what it involves.
There are risks inherent in travelling in Peru, as indeed there are in most of the activities that we provide. Many of the activities we offer also involve a significant level of effort on your part. After all, it is called Adventure Travel for a reason.
It is really important that you read both the trip notes above and theRisk and Safety Section on our website, to enable you to choose the best trip for you. Once you have read them, please make sure you ask if there is anything you do not understand. We classify this trip as:
Cultural. This trip does not involve any particularly physical level of activity, but just being in Peru can have its own challenges. Your trip may involve being at altitude which can take some people a bit of time to get used to. Much of it will take place outdoors where you can be exposed to weather conditions. Many of the places you visit have uneven ground and sets of steps. Most of Peru is very well set up for tourists, over one million people successfully visit Machu Picchu each year, but it is important to understand that it is not quite like being at home.
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