Titicaca Lake 3 Days
3 Days from $ USD 100.00
Titicaca Lake 3 Daysc
3 Days from $ USD 100.00
Lake Titicaca is not only the largest lake in South America, it’s also overflowing with culture and history. Sitting at 3838m above sea level, this is the highest navigable lake in the world. Take a day trip on the lake to meet its most famous residents—the Uros people, who live on floating, man-made islands made of reeds collected from the lake. In the evening, return to Puno and enjoy some live music in this town famous for its festivals and dances.
A complete tour of the main attractions of Lake Titicaca and its surroundings. From Pucara, the ancient ritual centre on the Altiplano, to the incredible Sillustani, Taquile and the floating islands of the Uros, this is our escape into history, nature, culture and beautiful views of Lake Titicaca and its surroundings. There are plenty of opportunities for photography during the trip.
On arrival in Puno, you’ll be picked up and taken to your hotel. Overlooking Lake Titicaca, Puno is a wonderful town for cultural discovery.
Take a morning boat ride on the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca, to visit the floating reed islands of the Uros people. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure in Puno with option to explore the busy market, cathedral, and quaint museum.
Transfer to the airport for your onward travel.
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What to Bring
- Day pack
- Hiking shoes
- Water bottle, hat, sun block, sunglasses
- Warm clothes
- Chocolates, candies or other snacks
- Photo Camera + Films, Video Camera
What to see in Puno in a day on your own
There are several interesting places to see in Puno in one day on your own. If you really want to know the city and all its history, every day there is an organized tour with a very complete guide.
It is not very big and is all pedestrian, so it is very pleasant to walk around. Part of the Plaza de Mayor where the giant letters of the city and the Cathedral of Puno, a baroque jewel of the seventeenth century declared a national monument.
Walking 10 minutes you reach the Pino Park where the Church of San Juan, for me the most beautiful of the city. On the way you will find ATMs and many restaurants, especially pizzerias.VIEWPOINT OF THE CONDOR
The city has several viewpoints with incredible views of the city with Lake Titicaca in the background. If you only want to go to one, the must is the Mirador del Condor which is accessed after climbing an endless staircase. The spectacular views make up for the climb.
It is the main market of the city and I found it to be the most authentic of those I visited in Peru. Apart from the food and household products typical of any market, there is a whole aisle full of very disturbing stalls selling products for shamanism rituals such as llama and alpaca fetuses. Very disturbing and interesting!
How to visit Lake Titicaca
If you want to visit Lake Titicaca you need to hire a tour, you can not do it on your own, because the activity is done on a boat with a navigation permit for the lake. All tours depart and return from the port of Puno, which is easily reached on foot.
There are two types of excursions: one day and two days sleeping on a floating island in the Uros. Unless you are very sensitive to seasickness, the navigation is very calm, you can do the activity without biodramine.
Lake Titicaca is one of the most significant regions of Peru due to its historical, cultural and natural heritage. Lake Titicaca is considered one of the safest regions in the country and has a great tourist infrastructure.
However, this does not mean that you should walk around with your guard down, as petty crime is common throughout Peru.
Therefore, we recommend that you keep an eye on your belongings and stay in the tourist areas of the city, where the influx of travelers is higher and national security is more responsible.
Pickpockets and robberies are very common, be vigilant in crowds as thieves may create distractions to attack. However, we don’t mean to scare you by pointing this out, but to show you an unfortunate reality when traveling abroad.
That doesn’t mean it can happen to you or that you are traveling to a highly unsafe country, on the contrary, these are just precautions. In case of any inconvenience, there are government agencies specialized in tourism ready to assist in any eventuality, such as the Tourist Police.
The Tourist Police is another branch of national security that provides assistance to foreign travelers, although it is more likely to be found in the big cities than in the more rural and remote areas of the country.
Faqs Titicaca Lake 3 Days
Where is Lake Titicaca?
In the South American Andes mountain range between Peru and Bolivia.
How big is the lake?
This huge lake is 8300 km² making it the largest freshwater lake in South America.
How many meters above sea level is the lake?
It is at an altitude of 3812 meters above sea level.
How deep is the lake?
The average depth is about 107 meters, but on the Bolivian side near Soto Island, it can reach 283 meters.
How many rivers flow into the lake?
Up to 25 different rivers flow into the lake.
The islands of Lake Titicaca
The islands of Lake Titicaca are famous for their characteristic beauty, the stories behind their inhabitants, and the fascinating culture they have maintained since pre-Columbian times. Experiential tourism is an important part of these communities that depend on this activity, so every tour you take is a contribution to the local people.
Floating islands of the Uros
7 km east of Puno, we find one of the major attractions of Lake Titicaca. On these islands, inhabit the Uros, one of the oldest cultures in America, whose first traces date back to a time before the Incas.
In this community, the inhabitants call themselves “watermen” and dedicate themselves, above all, to fishing and hunting, from which they obtain most of their sustenance. Other activities carried out in this community are the textile art using alpaca wool and tourism, the latter being the main source of work for many of the islanders.
We could say that the main attraction of these islands, besides their remarkable beauty and the way of life of the inhabitants, is the way they are built. In the shallow waters of the lake, totora reeds are born, which form the fabric of these incredible islands. The islands are built with many layers of totora reeds that have to be continually replaced from above, as the water rots the lower layers and they would otherwise sink.
From the Uros islands, this island is easily accessible by boat for 3 hours. This small island, with a population of about 2,200 people, has a natural beauty in its landscapes reminiscent of the Mediterranean coast. Upon arrival, you can go up to the Plaza de Armas to enjoy a delicious lunch and to see the islanders, who with their colorful attire are experts in the design of precious textile arts, so do not miss the opportunity to take unique souvenirs.
The highest point of the island is at 4,050 m.a.s.l. and from there we can see, on the other side of the lake, the snow-capped Cordillera Real of Bolivia. Several of its hills have Inca terraces and some ruins dating from the time of the Inca empire. The strong cultural identity preserved by its inhabitants and transmitted from generation to generation will make your visit to the island a fascinating experience.
A few kilometers from Taquile, we find Amantaní Island. Although it is a well-known destination for tourists, the natural beauty of this island remains intact. One of the best things to do in Amantani is to walk quietly along its trails until you reach the ruins of Pachamama and Pachatata, which are perfectly preserved.
This island has one of the best cultural experiences in Peru, you can spend the night with a local family that will make you feel like part of their community to share with you their history and traditions.
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