Travel to Peru and take a journey on Lake Titicaca

Sail close to the clouds on Lake Titicaca and meet the descendants of ancient civilisations that inhabit its islands. Feel the spongy reeds of the 'floating' Uros islands beneath your feet, learn about unique local cultures and customs at a homestay, and relish the vistas over seemingly infinite waters from the brilliant Taquile Island. This is the world’s highest navigable lake, sitting at a soaring 3,812 m above sea level. On this unique and inspiring trip, encounter the fascinating people and beautiful locations that characterise this evocative place.

Puno, Peru
Puno, Peru
Short Breaks
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 5
Group size
Min 1 Max 16
Carbon offset
25kg pp per trip


  • Explore the islands of South America's largest freshwater lake with local guide
  • Discover the ingenious floating islands that were hand-built by the indigenous Uru locals of Lake Titicaca
  • Spend the night with a local family on an island homestay – an incredible way to get to know a people and their culture
  • Experience the traditional culture of the Taquilenos and browse their beautiful handwoven apparel
  • Spot the exotic wildlife that flourishes in this lush region, keeping your eyes peeled for the Titicaca water frog


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Bienvenido! Welcome to Puno, a melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan Indian culture where traditional Andean customs are still strongly represented. The town is known as the folklore capital of Peru and is famous for its traditional dances. This morning you will be picked up from your hotel at approximately 7am. Transfer to the pier where you’ll meet your Intrepid local representative. After a safety briefing, collect just the items necessary for your overnight homestay – you can leave your extra luggage with our representatives, who will safely store it. Here, high up in the Peruvian mountains, lie the mystical blue waters of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. From the shoreline, the water stretches out almost as far as the eye can see, its expanses just waiting to be explored. With the fellow travellers in your group, take a slow motorboat to the intriguing Uros floating islands (approximately 40 minutes). Enjoy an hour to explore this unique place and learn about a traditional lifestyle that’s been around since pre-Inca times. The Uros originally built their islands to isolate themselves from rival tribes. The islands are built from many layers of totora reeds that grow in the shallows of the lake. As the reeds closest to the water begin to rot, more layers are added on top. These reeds are used for making everything on the islands, including the boats that can last up to 12 months. Back on board the boat, sail to your homestay in a local community (approximately 2.5 hours). To get a closer look to the lifestyle in the island you will be welcomed into local homes for an overnight stay on a community island. Make the most of your visit by trying to chat with the host family in quechua, or help out with their daily activities. A game of soccer is also a great way to make local friends. Enjoy a simple but delicious meal and then bed down in one of the local homes.

Notes: Hotel details are required no later than 15 days before departure to organise the pickup. Due to the early start, one night’s pre tour accommodation will be required. As you will be heading to a homestay today, we recommend picking up some snacks and perhaps a small gift for the family. We also recommend you take a torch and spare batteries as there’s no electricity on the island, except for some private solar powered generators. Wet wipes can be useful, too, as there is no shower.
After breakfast, board the boat again for a visit to Taquile Island (approximately 1 hour). Here knitting is strictly the domain of men, while women focus on the spinning. This is the place to get your hands on some beautiful knitwear. You will hike uphill for an hour to reach the main part of the island, and enjoy great views across the lake. You’ll enjoy your lunch here (perhaps quinoa soup and muna – Andean mint – tea) with an amazing view. You will return down 500 steps to the boat that will take you on the three-hour journey back to Puno. Arrive back at Puno pier around 4-5pm, where your Lake Titicaca adventure comes to an end. If any further accommodation or transfer is needed, let us know in advance so proper arrangements can be made.

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1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Boat, Minibus
Homestay (1 night)
Included activities
  • English speaking guide
  • Lake Titicaca boat trip and Uros Island
  • Taquile Island visit


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Important notes

This is not a group tour. You may join like minded travellers that have booked through other companies. Alternatively if there are no other bookings on the same date you may be travelling independently with a guide.

The closest airport to Puno is Juliaca airport, aprox 30 minutes drive from Puno.

Name and passport number are required at time of booking. Delays to provide this information may result in third party booking fees.

For your Short Break Adventure you will be picked up from your Puno hotel. Please let us know what hotel you need to be picked up from at least 15 days prior to your trip start day.

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