Puno Region
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From Puno: Uros Islands and Taquile Island Full Day Tour

1. From Puno: Uros Islands and Taquile Island Full Day Tour

Depart Puno and journey to the floating islands of the Uros people on Lake Titicaca. Get explanations from your guide about how these islands are created by the locals using bundles of dried totora reeds. Learn the history of the area and interact with the locals to hear more about their life out on the water. Then, cruise over to Taquile Island in the largest part of Lake Titicaca. Experience life on the lake up close and get some stunning views of the Andes Mountains as a bonus. Hear about the inhabitants of Taquile Island and how they descended from the Inca people to mostly work as farmers and weavers, and how they have inherited some distinct Inca traditions. Go for a medium-level hike on the island, known for its handwoven art and collective farms, and enjoy a lunch of local produce served in a local restaurant. Then, return to Puno city on the shore of the lake for the end of the tour services.

From Arequipa: Colca Canyon Day Tour to Puno

2. From Arequipa: Colca Canyon Day Tour to Puno

Enjoy early morning pickup at your hotel or accommodation in Arequipa, from where you will travel to the incredible Colca Canyon. Stop for breakfast in the charming town of Chivay. Travel through the Andes villages before reaching the Cruz del Cóndor viewpoint. Once there, walk to the viewpoint and see the views of the surrounding landscape and gaze the flight and the natural habitat of the giant Andean condor. Cross the Patapampa Pass and admire the beautiful flora and fauna of the area, where you'll also see the peaks of the Misti, Chachani, Pichu Pichu, and Ampato volcanoes. Following the tour, you will have the option to go to the La Calera Hot Spring. At the end of your tour, the bus will return you back to the city of Puno, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation at approximately 7:30 PM.

Puno: Full-Day Tour of Lake Titicaca and Uros & Taquile

3. Puno: Full-Day Tour of Lake Titicaca and Uros & Taquile

You’ll be picked up at your Puno accommodation at the beginning of this full-day excursion to Lake Titicaca. An English-speaking guide will accompany you as you travel to the lake’s islands of Uros and Taquille. Uros is a group of islands whose buildings are made entirely of tortora reeds. It is home to a small community that dates back to pre-Inca times. Spend some time with the local residents before continuing on to Taquile – an island whose culture is more closely related to that of the Aymara people of Bolivia. You’ll enjoy a locally prepared lunch on the island before visiting the local cooperative and seeing first-hand the skill of the local weavers. Return to Puno and to your lodge after a unique look at the cultures of these islands.

Lake Titicaca, Uros and Taquile Full-Day Tour

4. Lake Titicaca, Uros and Taquile Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Titicaca and visit the floating islands of Uros. The inhabitants of the lake are referred to as the Water Tribe and have built their own islands with a local type of sugarcane. Their homes and boats are also made from this material. The next stop is Taquile Island, inhabited by Quechua speakers who have developed unique and effective social systems and hand-weaving techniques. Stop for a typical lunch in the village of Taquile. Take a walk through the hills and archaeological sites of this 6-kilometer-long island before returning to Puno by boat.

Full–Day Sightseeing Bus Tour between Cusco and Puno

5. Full–Day Sightseeing Bus Tour between Cusco and Puno

Start your tour at 7:00 AM as you depart. Enjoy a guided tour of the church San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, considered one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the Andes thanks to the rich decoration. Move on to take a guided tour of the Archaeological Complex of Raqchi, home to agricultural terraces, an artificial lagoon, Inca houses, and the Temple of Wiracocha God, a pilgrimage destination during Inca times. Sit down for a buffet lunch in Sicuani town to taste delicious Peruvian food, before you move on to Abra La Raya, a natural and political border. See the imposing Chimboya mountain towering at 5300 meters high. Visit the Lithic Museum of Pucara and discover an ancient civilization that emerged in the high plains 2000 years ago. See the many anthropomorphic designs carved on stone, worshiped by the Pucara civilization. The described itinerary is the route from Cusco to Puno; if you choose to take the tour in the opposite direction, your itinerary will be reversed.

From Cusco: Cusco to Puno Shuttle & Guided Tour w/Box lunch

6. From Cusco: Cusco to Puno Shuttle & Guided Tour w/Box lunch

To begin our trip from Cusco to Puno, board the touristic bus that will take you through the wonderful Andes sceneries. First, stop in Andahuaylillas, a town located 40 kilometres from Cusco that has as its main attraction the Church of Andahuaylillas, nicknamed the ‘Sistine Chapel of America’, due to the impressive art found in it. After this, continue the route to Racchi, where the Wiracocha Temple is located, a surprising 30-meters wide by 20-meters high construction of rectangular shape. Have a tasty box lunch in Sicuani, followed by a brief stop in La Raya, the highest point between Puno and Cusco, over 4,313 metres above sea level. Then, arrive at the town of Pucara, where the Pucara Lithic Museum is located. Developed between the years 100 and 300 AC, this town was the first proper urban settlement of the lacustrine highlands. Finally, arrive in the city of Puno.

From Puno: Half-Day Sillustani Inca Ruins

7. From Puno: Half-Day Sillustani Inca Ruins

On this tour, you’ll be picked up from your downtown hotel in the afternoon (approximately 13:50) and be transferred to your destination of Sillustani (40 minute travel time). After arriving at the complex of Sillustani, the guide will take you for a walk of about 30 minutes to the different chullpas of Sillustani or funerary towers from Inca and Pre-Inca cultures that rise up to 12 meters in height. See the beauty of the Lagoon Umayo around the location of the chullpas. If the group wants, you can also visit a farmhouse on the road (where you will see the life of the Andean people), and then return to the city of Puno.

Cusco: The-Route-of-the-Sun Tour to Puno

8. Cusco: The-Route-of-the-Sun Tour to Puno

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco between 6:25AM to 6:45AM, at which point you should be ready and waiting at the door of your hotel or reception. From there, the first stop will be to the Sistine Chapel of America, Andahuaylillas. Following the chapel you'll head to the archaeological center of Raqchi, where you will have the opportunity to take photos. It will soon be time for a buffet lunch, which you will have 45 minutes to enjoy. Following lunch you'll arrive to the Lithic Museum of Pukara. Afterwards you will pass through Kalasasaya, following which you will arrive to Puno at approximately 5:00PM.

Puno: Lake Titicaca Day Tour

9. Puno: Lake Titicaca Day Tour

Your tour will begin between 6:00AM and 7:00AM, at which point you will transfer from your Central Puno hotel to the port. You will then travel by motor boat (which is 35 feet long with a covered section in case of rain or cold weather) to the Uros floating islands. Stepping on these islands feels very much like being on a water bed, but is completely safe. You will see houses and many islands, as you meet the friendly local inhabitants who are descendants of one of the oldest South American groups. Rides on traditional reed boats can be arranged, and you will visit two of the 60 islands before continuing on to Taquile Island. Following a relaxed 2.5-hour navigation, you will get the chance to enjoy the spectacular views offered by Lake Titicaca. Once there, you will discover a unique community, before a long gradually ascending path takes you to the village. You can visit the communal cooperative where you will find handicraft textiles of high quality, before you eventually depart back to Puno City at 2:30PM. At 5:30PM you will arrive to Puno, at which point you will be taken back to your hotel.

From Puno: Sun Island and Copacabana 1-Day Tour

10. From Puno: Sun Island and Copacabana 1-Day Tour

Your tour begins with an early morning pickup from your hotel where you will then head to Copacabana. When arriving at the border of Peru and Bolivia your passport and migration card will be checked by authorities from both countries. Once arriving in Copacabana you will visit the Sanctuary of Copacabana and then have lunch in town. In the afternoon at 1:30 PM the tour will head to Sun Island. Enjoy a 1.5 hour ride on a motor boat. Once you get to the island, stretch your legs on a 40 minute walk. See the archaeological complexes of Pilko Kaina on the shore of the island, the Chincana ruins, the Temple of the Sung, the Sacred Rock and the Table of Ceremonies. Spend time in the archaeological museum to learn more about the history of the impressive complexes. Your day tour will end with a drop-off at your hotel in Puno at 8:30 PM.

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Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Amazing tour, started with an on time pick up at our hotel. Very kind guide who was vey knowledgeable. When we arrived to the destination of interest we were shown all of the great parts of Aramu Muru. The shaman led us through a great ritual as well as explained it along the way so there was no confusion. The guide and the shaman were extremely kind and didn’t mind to stop if we needed to exchange money or eat. Very easy going. They brought us to a really delicious homemade restaurant, which we greatly enjoyed. We also had the opportunity to visit the Temple of Fertility. Thank you for such an amazing, once in a life time experience.

From the pick-up at the hotel, the trip by boat, the visit to the different islands and their inhabitants, the food and all the information, everything worked very well. We each had enough time and were totally satisfied in the evening.

A really nice tour !! Everything went as planned and the availability of all the operators was maximum, Manuel our guide was really good and prepared. Really great lunch too. I can only recommend it. Well done

Great. You pass by the islands of Uros and then Taquile where you have lunch. Super friendly guide, very helpful and knowledgeable in explanations.

Incredible ! We really liked the ride! Super recommended. And they left us directly at the hotel! Very comfortable and safe.