The Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the World at 3856 metres above sea level and, it is bigger than Switzerland. Its shores and islands, such as Amantani and Taquile, are home to the Aymaras and Quechuas, who are amongst Peru's oldest peoples, predating the Incas by a thousand years. Here visitors may wander through old traditional villages where Spanish is a second language and where ancient myths and beliefs still hold true. Our program also includes the visit to the famous Uros Floating Islands. Our tour is led by a local guide who will introduce us to its inhabitants and explain about their history and traditions. At Uros, we will take a ride on the little handmade reed boats around the floating villages.
06:40 hrs. Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Puno by our local guide and then transferred to the harbor. We start our boat excursion of Lake Titicaca by visiting "The Uros Floating Islands", a small community that has lived on these reed Islands for decades. Centuries ago the small indigenous Uros tribe conceived of the islands as a way to isolate and protect themselves from rival tribes, the Collas and the Incas. The Uros people harvested the reeds in the shallows of the lake, bundled them together tightly and built floating island platforms complete with reed houses and canoes, creating in this way their own little world. On the islands we will learn with our local guide about the life style and customs. After strolling around the floating Islands, we continue our journey towards "Taquile Island" (2 hour aprox.), a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces. The Taquile population was relatively isolated from the mainland until 1950s and the community and family are very strong. The weaving tradition of the Taquile Island goes back to early civilizations, thus keeping elements from pre-Inca Andean cultures alive in the present. All weaving is done on pre-Inca fixed and pedal looms. The most characteristic garments are the so-called "Chullo", a knitted hat with an earflap, and "The Calendar Waistband", depicting the annual cycles connected to ritual and agricultural activities. When we reach the shores of Taquile Island, we will have to walk up along a narrow path, enjoying on the way impressive views of the Lake Titicaca and gorgeous little houses inhabited by the direct decedents of the Inca Culture. At the top of the Island, you will have free time to explore this place on your own and afterwards you will meet the group for lunch at one local restaurant. After lunch, we will descend to the harbor to take our boat back to Puno. We will be back in Puno by 17:00 hrs. approximately. End of the tour.
|Daily Departures :||06:40 hrs.