Lake Titicaca & Puno

From Cusco to Puno
  • Peru
  • Cultural Experiences
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Tour Description

Add this on to our Signature Peru programme & visit the largest lake of South America and the highest navigable lake in the world!

Travel across the Altiplano of Peru, from Cusco to Puno; snow capped mountains, local villages, and country vistas. Visit atmospheric towns of Pucara and Andahuaylillas, and the pre-Inca ruin of Raqchi along the way.

Spend two nights in Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Explore the lake, hike along a pre-Inca trail on Taquile Island, visit local families of weavers, participate in an ancient ceremony with a Quechua speaking community, and visit the floating reed islands which made this area famous.

According to Incan mythology, this is the place from where the world was created, when the god Viracocha rose out of the lake and created the sun, the stars and the first people.  Uncover the mystery for yourself!  

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Explore the lake, the floating reed islands, and Taquille Island on Lake Titicaca - considered to be a birthplace of the Incas

Visit South Americas largest and the world’s highest navigable lake, home to the floating reed islands.

Meet local inhabitants, witness ancient ceremonies and catch a glimpse of the local culture

Tour Itinerary

Customisable ? This tour can be customised to suit your tastes and timing. Enquire here for more information.
Day 1
Cusco Puno

Bus from Cusco to Puno - This spectacular journey from Cusco to Puno takes you across the Altiplano. This drive will take you through sleepy Andean villages, past spectacular snow-capped mountains, sheer cliffs and rampaging rivers. Stops along the way include the atmospheric towns of Pucara and Andahuaylillas, and the pre-Inca ruin of Raqchi. Lunch is included and you will arrive in Puno in the early evening. The journey will take approximately 10 hours.

Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Puno lies on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. It is the largest city in the Southern Altiplano and an important agricultural and livestock (llamas and alpaca) region. It sits at an altitude of over 3,800 metres and is a picturesque hillside city and a melting pot of the Aymara and Quechua culture.

Overnight in Puno

Day 2
Lake Titicaca Explorer

Early this morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the port to board a fully equipped speedboat to visit various islands on Lake Titicaca. First stop is Taquile Island where you will explore a scenic and less touristy area. Enjoy time on a pristine sandy beach to relax and feel the serenity of Lake Titicaca. We then hike along a pre-Inca trail with spectacular landscapes of the island, visiting families of weavers to learn about their textile art and symbolism. In 2005, "Taquile and its Textile Art" were proclaimed "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO. Afterwards, board the speedboat for a short journey to the community of Santa Maria-Llachon, on the tip of the Capachica Peninsula. This is a picturesque off the beaten track destination. We are welcomed by the small Quechua speaking community and introduced to an intensive cultural experience, observing the traditions of the community and participating in an ancient ceremony to learn about their magical world. Experience the preparation of "Pachamanca", a traditional way of cooking meat, fish and potatoes using underground ovens, and one of the main dishes of Peruvian cuisine. Enjoy these delicacies in a small, but scenic restaurant (included in tour price). For the more adventurous there is an optional kayak along the coast of Llachon. After lunch we leave Santa Maria and arrive at a remote area of the National Reserve of Lake Titicaca to explore Uros Titino. These are considered to be the last authentic floating islands, less commercial and little visited. The Uros are descendants of one of the oldest cultures in South America. There are optional tours in reed boats before we depart back to Puno. On arrival at the port, you will be transferred to your hotel. Please note this is small group tour.

Please note there is a minimum number of passengers required to operate this tour, if the required number of passengers is not reached we will offer you a similar alternative. Order of excursions may also change. Please also note that between the months of January and March the ceremony of "Pachamama" will be subject to weather conditions

Day 3
Puno Depart

Today you will be transferred to the airport or bus station in time for your departure.

You may wish to continue your journey onwards to Bolivia or Arequipa (Peru)

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Accommodation in standard hotels
  • Included Copy 31 Upgrade to superior or deluxe accommodation
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily, and other meals as outlined in the included sightseeing tours
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Bus from Cusco to Puno with sightseeing enroute
  • Included Copy 20 Lake Titicaca by boat
  • Included Copy 20 Private transfers
Transportation
Land, Air, Ship, Train ...

Activities

  • Included Witness ancient ceremonies and catch a glimpse of the local culture
  • Included Visit various islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Included Visit families of weavers to learn about their textile art
  • Included See the floating reed islands and learn how they are constructed
  • Included Call in on the towns of Pucara and Andahuaylillas, and the pre-Inca ruin of Raqchi.
  • Included Enjoy sunset or sunrise over Lake Titicaca
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Duration

3 days

Price from

$638 USD

Per person, sharing

Daily departures