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Peru - Puno & Lake Titicaca
2016 Rates Single Double
3 day / 2 night package
with Casa Andina Private Collection
$667 $361

All rates are per person, in US dollars and subject to change at any time 
Rates are based on shared tours. Private tours available upon request.

Additional Tours from Puno - Suasi Island

Welcome to Puno & Lake Titicaca!

This is an amazing tour for those interested in experiencing the incredible landscape and culture of Peru's Lake Titicaca.
 


Candis Waugh
Los Uros Island

Puno and
Lake Titicaca

You will visit the floating islands of Los Uros, the indigenous settlement on Taquile Island and the Incan ruins at Sillustani. This was the birthplace of the Incan Empire and a land rich in cultural treasures and friendly people.

ALTITUDE
Capital: Puno (3827 m / 12,553 ft)
Lowest point:820 m / 2690 ft (Lanlacuni Bajo)
Highest point: 4725 m / 15,498 ft (San Antonio de Esquilache)

CLIMATE 
The city of Puno is located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, and its climate is cold and semi-dry. The rainy season starts in October and ends in April. The annual average maximum temperature is 14C (58F) and the minimum is 3C (37F).

DESTINATIONS
 

Titicaca National Reserve

This Protected Natural Area was created in 1978 in order to preserve the natural resources characteristic of Lake Titicaca and the highland ecosystem. It covers an area of 36,180 hectares.

In the reserve, dozens of birds, fish, and amphibious species have been registered like flamingos or parihuanas, Andean geese, seagulls, Titicaca grebes, chullumpis, and Andean lapwings as well as numerous endangered species. You will find twelve varieties of aquatic plants representative of the lake flora, the most remarkable being the totora reeds and algae.
 

Puno and Lake Titicaca tour
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Lake Titicaca from the Casa Andina Private Collection

Lake Titicaca
10 blocks from the Main Square

This lake is very important in Andean mythology since, according to legend, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, children of the sun god (Inti) and founders of the Inca Empire, emerged from its waters.

Peru and Bolivia share sovereignty over this navigable lake, the highest in the world (3810 m / 12,497 ft). It covers an area of 8559 km2 (3305 square miles), a maximum depth of 283 meters (928 feet)and the average water temperature varies from October to May between 9C (48F) and 11C (52F) and from June to September between -7C (19F) and -10C (14F). Moreover, the lake tempers the area since without its presence, there would not be life at that altitude.

On the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, there are several islands; the natural islands include Amantani, Taquile, Soto, and Anapia, and the artificial islands are the ones that the Uros people have built, each one offering different attractions. Along the shores of the lake, totora reeds grow where different birds and fish like the carachis, ispis, bogas, umantos, suches (an endanger specie), silverfish, and trout call home. All these species are native of the area and are prized for their high nutritional value.
 

Reed boat on Lake Titicaca, Peru - Inti Travel and Tours
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Reed Boat on Lake Titicaca

Floating Islands of the Uros
5 km / 3 miles west of the Puno harbor (20 minutes by boat)

The Uros Islands (3810 m / 12,497 ft) number around 20 and are located in the Bay of Puno. Three to ten Uro-Aymaras families live on each one. They roof their houses with totora reed carpets, although some families have replaced their traditional roofs by metal ones. The largest Islands are Tupiri, Santa Mara, Tribuna, Toranipata, Chumi, Paraiso, Kapi, Titino, Tinajero, and Negrone.

The Uros call themselves Kotsua, the lake people, and their origins go back to eras before the Incas. They hunt wild birds and maintain traditional fishing methods, especially those used for the carachi and the silverfish. The men are skillful handlers of the totora reed boats, and the women are expert knitters.

The characteristic cold and dry weather of the region is tempered in this area thanks to the constantly evaporating water of the large lake.
 

Los Uros Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru - Inti Travel and Tours
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Los Uros Island

Taquile Island
35 km / 22 miles east of the Puno port (3 hours by boat)

Its approximate size is of 6 km2 (2 square miles) and the altitude between the port and the town varies slightly from 3810 to 3950 m (12.497 to 12.956 ft). The maximum temperature there is 23C (66F), and the minimum is 7C (37F).

Pre-Inca vestiges are found in the highest part of the island. During the Colonial period and up to the first years of the twentieth century, it was used as a political prison, until the island became property of the Taquile people in 1970. The town of the same name, Taquile, is characterized by its friendly inhabitants, who maintain their customs and traditional clothing. They distinguish themselves by their detailed, fine, and colorful textiles with symmetrical decorations and symbols that reflect their way of life, customs, and Andean beliefs.
 

Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru - Inti Travel and Tours
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Taquile Island

Sillustani Archeological Complex
34 km /21 miles north of Puno (35 minutes by car)

This complex stands on the shore of Lake Umayo. It is famous for its chullpas, large circular fortified burial towers for the main leaders of the early villages of the Collao plateau. Some are 12 meters high (39 feet), and remarkable for their shape, thinner at the base and wider at the top. Close to the archeological complex is the site museum where different pieces from the Colla, Tiahuanuaco, and Inca cultures are preserved.
 

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 Puno
Arrival at Juliaca airport and transfer by road to your hotel in Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.    

Day 2 Puno (B, L)
Full day Uros & Taquile Islands including lunch (shared guide)

Early in the morning, you will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique "Floating Islands" of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the Lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own "Islands" by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed unique to the area called "Totora" (Scirpus totora), vegetable fiber of the Papyrus family.  Continue your motorboat trip to Taquile Island, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed efficient and unique social systems, as well as fine hand weaving techniques, passed down through the generations. Upon arrival at the Town of Taquile we will have lunch. Then we will walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long Island. Overnight in Puno

Day 3 Puno (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport visiting the Chullpas or Tombs of Sillustani on route. These Tombs or Chullpas are characterized by their round and square bases, as well as the cornice on top. There are several figures and symbols on these tombs, the snake being the most representative. This symbolizes the influence of the jungle and not of the Andes.

  

INCLUDES: DOES NOT INCLUDE: YOU SHOULD BRING:
  • 2 breakfasts at hotels 
  • 1 Lunch
  • Transfers 
  • Entrances to archaeological sites 
  • Bilingual Guide 
  • Local or International airfares
  • Additional tours 
  • Tips, laundry, etc. 

 

  • Camera
  • Film
  • Water bottle
  • Day Pack

Reservations
 

Suasi Island (2 days, 1 night & 3 days, 2 nights)
2015 Single 2 or more
2 day/1 night $474 $367
3 day/2 night $764 $550
All rates are per person, in US dollars and subject to change at any time 
Rates include: Transfers, activities and full board
The lodge will be closed in February for annual maintemance.

The first truly ecological hotel in Peru has been inaugurated on Suasi Island, Lake Titicaca (47 ha. of private property).

It has been built in a private reserve and its main objective is to reveal the characteristics of the highlands and Lake Titicaca. The owners have not only considered and respected the environmental characteristics for the design of the building, but also almost all the lodge's electrical demand is covered by solar energy.

Suasi Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru - Inti Travel and Tours
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The lodge on Suasi Island
   

The activities you can perform on the island are: walks along paths around the island, visits to the protected areas to observe the wild flora and fauna, visits to the Andean agricultural areas and the medicinal herbs plots, trips on canoe around the island, walks on the beach.

Vicuna, Suasi Island, Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru - Inti Travel and Tours
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Vicuna on Suasi Island

Reservations

Gate of the Sun Inti Travel and Tours, Box 1586, Banff, Alberta, Canada, T1L 1B5
Phone 1-403-760-3565 / Fax 1-403-760-3566