Titicaca with Homestay at Amantani - 2 Days 1 Night
Get a first-hand experience of the locals who live life in ways we can hardly imagine on a rare homestay opportunity in a small village at Lake Titicaca. Daily tour departures for singles and groups. This tour starts and ends at your hotel in Puno city and the journey is on a motor boat ride.
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2-Day Titicaca tour with Homestay: Uros, Amantani and Taquile
Attractions Included in this tour:
- Uros Island
- Amantani island
- Taquile Island
Full Day Tour of Uros and Lake Titicaca – Uros and Taquile
Our local tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Puno at around 07:00 am and will take you to the harbor lake Titicaca in Puno to start the tour; we will visit the following places:
Tour of Uros Islands. Once on the motor boat, we will start the excursion of Lake Titicaca by visiting “The Uros Floating Islands;” these are small local communities, families, who have lived on the reed Islands for decades. Centuries ago the small indigenous Uros tribe conceived of the islands as a way to isolate and protect themselves from rival tribes, those of the Collas and the Incas.
The people of Uros harvested the reeds in the shallows of the lake, bundled them together tightly and built floating island platforms wide enough to build their reed houses and canoes; this way they created their own little worlds.
With the help of our local guide, we will not only admire the way the locals of los Uros make everything of reed, but also we will get to understand and learn a bit more about their lifestyles and customs.
Tour of Amantani Island with homestay. We will go on our tour of Lake Titicaca towards Amantani island and meet the local families there. For this tour we follow a trek up the local mountain and enjoy the great scenery. Tonight we enjoy a rare cultural experience on our overnight homestay with a Peruvian family; splitting into smaller groups and billet into Peruvian family homes to experience their style of living first-hand; a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience, including a local dinner and breakfast. Overnight homestay.
The local families, for the homestay, rotate taking in visitors, and accommodation is assigned upon arriving on the island. Guest rooms tend to be the best rooms in the house (or outbuilding) but they are still quite basic. There may be limited, or no electricity and the guide may be in a different house as most families do not have enough room to house more than 2 guests. The meals served are simple but wholesome, usually based around potatoes, quinoa (Inca rice) and fish. It is a nice gesture to take fresh fruit, vegetables, bread or candles as a small gift for locals. After dinner, guests are usually
invited to a dance in the village meeting place.
Tour of Taquile Island. After strolling around Amantani islands, we will go on a boat ride towards “Taquile Island.” This natural island is a traditional Quechua speaking community full of ancient agricultural terraces.
The population of Taquile was relatively isolated from the mainland until 1950s; here the notion of “community and family” is still very strong among them. The weaving tradition of the locals goes back to early civilizations and that is why the people of Taquile keep elements from pre-Inca Andean cultures alive in the present. All weaving is done on pre-Inca fixed and pedal looms. The most characteristic garments of this community of Lake Titicaca are the so-called “Chullos”, a knitted hat with an earflap, and “The Calendar Waistband”, depicting the annual cycles connected to rituals and agricultural activities.
Once we reach the shores of Taquile Island, we will walk up along a beautiful narrow path, enjoying impressive views of the Lake Titicaca and gorgeous little houses inhabited by the direct decedents of the Inca Culture on the way. At the top of the Island, we will have some free time to explore the village on our own and afterwards will meet the group for lunch at a local family restaurant where we will have a great cultural experience.
After the guided tour, we will walk down to the harbor again to take our boat back to Puno city. We will be back in Puno at about 15:30 pm. Transfer back to your hotel.
Prices: Fares for the 2-day tour of Lake Titicaca with Homestay depend on the number of people in your group (more people less pricy). From USD $ 75.00 per person.
The Titicaca with homestay Package Includes:
- Professional English speaking Tour Guide
- Tourist motor boat transportation with basic facilities on board
- All Transfers from and to your hotel
- Entrance tickets to all places of visit
- 2 Lunches at local family homes, 1 traditional dinner, 1 breakfast
The Titicaca with homestay package Does Not Include:
- Meals not mentioned in the package
- Tips or extra expenses
What you need to take for this tour:
- Sneakers, T-shirts, trousers, Shorts, Rain poncho for the rainy season
- Sun hat, Sunscreen, Bottled Water and Personal medication
- Extra money, Cameras