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.

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

2. 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.

From Arequipa: Colca Canyon Day Tour to Puno

3. 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.

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.

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

7. 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

8. 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: Half-Day Sillustani Inca Ruins

9. 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.

From Puno: 1-Day Bus Ticket to Cusco With Stops

10. From Puno: 1-Day Bus Ticket to Cusco With Stops

Enjoy a 1-day bus ticket on a comfortable, modern bus to Cusco from Puno. Take stops along the way to see highlights of the region. At the end of the day, return to Cusco. The itinerary includes the following: - 6:40 am Transfer from downtown hotels in Puno City. - 07:00 am Departure (Puno) — 3800 meters altitude. - 8:45 am Pukara Museum — 3900 meters altitude - 10:00 am La Raya Pass — 4335 meters altitude. - 12:00 am Sicuani Buffet Lunch — 3552 meters altitude - 1:15 pm Raqchi “Temple of Wiracocha” — 3450 meters altitude. - 2:30 pm Checacupe (15 min. guided tour) Coffered Ceiling — 3135 meters altitude - 4:30 pm Andahuaylillas “Sistine Chapel of America” — 3122 meters altitude. - 5:20 pm— Arrival (Cusco) — 3400 meters altitude.

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Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 7 reviews

You utilise the public bus but we had no qualms about this - it felt similar to previous private coaches we had used previously. It was comfortable and efficient. Juan (our English speaking tour guide) was AMAZING - thank you, Juan. He is from Lake Titicaca and so speaks very passionately and knowledgeably about the history of this breathtaking area. He was very kind and it was invaluable having him to guide us through the day (really, don’t think we could put a price on that - you could probably book the bus and boat for cheaper but with poor Spanish I think it would almost be impossible). Also make sure you download the app. They tried to contact us via this to confirm pick up (instead of email/WhatsApp/calling) and when we didn’t reply they cancelled our pick up. Luckily we were able to get through to them on the morning when our bus didn’t show up and they organised a second tour guide, but it did set us back an hour.

Could have been a disaster but it was great! All the streets were blocked and secondary roads had been dug up with a backhoe! Welcome to Bolivian peaceful protest (a bloqueo). Many tours never made it out of La Paz. Thanks to our knowledgeable, intrepid and highly skilled driver, we made it out to the expressway on dirt roads with no signs. The detour took about 3-4 hours. Then we made it to every sight promised! We had guide Juan, a gentle soul educated at university in tourism and a native Aymara local full of knowledge of the geology, customs, plant life and history. This tour made a huge impression on us, for the beautiful sights on this tour, for our guides who persisted in getting us to our destinations come hell or high water, and for witnessing Bolivian activism.

This bus tour is great if you need to get from Cusco to Puno but don’t ir to be a boring bus ride. You get to stop in 5 different places one of it being lunch. There weee stops in an old ornate church (San Pedro ) and then ruins and also a look out at the highest point of the journey (Raya) and then an archeological museum site. Most of the explanation was a mix of Spanish and English. Since most of the tourist were Spanish there was more Spanish spoken but u didn’t miss out on anything The one downside of this tour is getting to the bus and also getting from the bus to the hotel. Note Puno does not have Uber or any taxi app. So be ready to speak to some local taxis Otherwise great trip overall. Also the bus had WiFi and charging station. A big bonus

Many activities in a short time and very good value for money. The guide very friendly and great experience.

We had the best tour guide in Peru. The bus was confortable with wifi and a lot of space.