Puno Mini Trip
Puno is often referred to as "folklore capital." Here, many festivals, and celebrations with traditional clothing and dancing are held almost monthly. Puno with its approximately 150,000 inhabitants is located on the banks of Lake Titicaca. The lake is not only the highest navigable lake in the world, it is home to the Uru people, who live on the floating islands in the bay of Puno. Rainbow trout is also prevalent in this region, so be sure to try some before you go! Experience Puno, where customs of the Aymara and Quechua meet and maybe you'll even get lucky and meet a Diablada dancer in the streets.
Today you'll arrive in Puno and have the day to use as you please. Feel free to rest and relax at the hotel, or spring into action and start exploring the town. If you're wanting to start with a tour, check out our optional offers. Otherwise, we recommend seeing the cathedral in the main square, the Plaza de Armas, see the sights from the nearby Conde de Lemos balcony, or visit the craft market. Another great idea is to climb up one of the city's lookouts on the outskirts of Puno. Kuntur Huasi (House of the Condor) or Puma Uta (House of the Pumas) both offer a magnificent panorama of the city and bay.
Hotel Balsa Inn* (Classic) / Hotel Tierra Viva* (Comfort)
It's such a unique experience to go by boat on a lake at 3800 metres above sea level. See how the Uru people, who have inhabited the region for 500 years, live today. Their original language - the Uru or Urquillo - has been extinct for a long time now. Today, Aymara and Spanish are spoken on these islands. Learn how they build their houses from tortora reeds and how they manage to live on the lake. Then, you'll continue on to the island of Taquile, home to the indigenous people from the Quechua family. Here you will get infomation about their livestock and agriculture that they live off of. You'll also see their textile production, done primarily by the men on the island. Enjoy your lunch on the island before returning to Puno.
Hotel Balsa Inn* (Classic) / Hotel Tierra Viva* (Comfort) Breakfast & Lunch
Today is your last day in Puno. Should you wish to extend your stay here, feel free to book one of our Optional Offers. Otherwise, there are several great destinations nearby to see and explore. We would be happy to arrange any of these options for you. There's so much to choose from!
- Transfer from the airport to hotel
- 2 nights in hotels
- 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch
- Visit to the Uros Island including transfers to and from
- English-speaking guide
- Other meals and drinks
- Tips and gratuities
Kayak around the Capachica Peninsula
With this trip, you'll kayak around one of the most beautiful places on Lake Titicaca, Llachon. As you paddle, you'll marvel at the natural beauty that surrounds you and feel at peace in the still waters. You'll have lasting memories from your experience on the shore of the peninsula, a less visited tourist location, inhabited by the Uru people.
Price on request
Includes: transport, English speaking guide, ride in the speedboat, equipment, snack and water, typical lunch
Duration: about 9.5 hours
Situated on the shores of Lake Umaya is the Sillustani burial site of the Colla people. Here you will see their large over-ground tombs, called Chullpas, which are large cylindrical towers. Sacred to the Colla people, this site has served as a burial site since 1200 AD. Being later incorporated into the Incan community, there is a mixture of 9 Colla towers and 29 Incan towers in this area. Take in the scenery of the lakeshore with these towers in view on the hills above. And on your way back to Puno, you'll stop at a typical rural house to see how people live in the region today.
Price on request
Incl. Transport, English speaking guide & entrance
Duration: about 3.5 hours, departure: approx 14:00
Available as an option on the way between the airport and accommodation (to/from).