UROS AND TAQUILE
Puno • Floating Islands of the Uros • Taquile Island • Puno
The most popular activity in Puno is the visit of the floating Uros Tour South Peru Islands. The water taxi will take you past the Totora Reef Islands to the floating islands. Here you will be received by the president or the president of the island and gets explained the structure of the island and the structures of the indigenous tribal families. Everything you move on is made of reeds here. In addition to the primitive round dwellings of the families, there are now also the more modern rectangular forms of the houses. The modern era has also found its way into families. Next to or in front of each accommodation is a mast with a solar cell. This way, residents can now also use battery-operated lighting and, of course, operate radio or smaller televisions.
Once these islands were created by the ancestors of the Uros as protection against warlike conflicts. Whenever a threat arose, they then fled their boats to the islands to live for a time in the middle of Lake Titikaka, until the waves of conflict settled again.
Today, only a few hundred indigenous families live on the islands and their main source of income is of course tourism, but the history, the way of life and the islands are always an interesting excursion and worth a visit. The embroidery and loving crafts of the inhabitants look very colorful and the ceilings show, for example, the life cycle of the Uros.
The Island of Taquile
Among the tourists a multi-day visit to the two islands is very popular. You should plan an overnight stay with a local family as a supplement. Most of the time you spend on the larger island of Taquile, where you will be welcomed by a Peruvian host family. Although it is the same as the Uros, it is an interesting experience to make. You experience how people live on the spot – without electricity and other amenities that we use every day. So you will be e.g. also looking for a hot shower in vain. The families provide you with the typical einhemischen food. If you have the time and inclination then take this opportunity and then take in the fascinating sunset from the mountain in the middle of the island. Those are the moments that will be remembered for a long time.
6:50 am: Collection of hotels and transfer to the Port of Puno.
7:00 am: Boarding time in Puno Taquile to go.
8:30 am: Visit to the Uros Islands. In the floating islands it is part of a cultural demonstration that allows us to discover the way of life Uro and better understand their reality and everyday life.
10:00 am: We arrive at a secondary port of the island of Taquile where we will climb a gentle slope towards the main town. This walk takes about 1 hour and during the tour the guide will making us discover many aspects of the local culture of Taquile.
12:00 pm: Lunch at a restaurant in the village. Worth trying quinoa soup and fried fish fresh from the lake. Highly recommended!
01:00 pm: After lunch return to the main port of Taquile starts. The walk takes about an hour.
02:00 pm to 2:30 pm: Boarding time to go to Puno.
03:30 to 04:00 pm: Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Group Size Minimum
- Official guide in Spanish and English.
- Transfers to / from hotels in Puno.
- Travel roundtrip speedboat shared.
- Check Islands.
- Therean additional cost for transportation to the port from hotels outside the city. These hotels are: Libertador, Eco Inn, Casa Andina Private Collection, Posada El Inka, Jose Antonio and hotels in the village Chucuito.
- Warm clothing (coat, jacket, jacket, jacket).
- Comfortable shoes for walking.
- Cash for extra expenses.