Puno and Lake Titikaka Puno is small town of just over 120.000 people on the shores of Lake Titicaca. It is a good place to break the journey from Arequipa to la Paz, the journey from Arequipa to Cuzco or the journey from Cuzco to La Paz.. It´s main attraction is Lake Titicaca. Here are the Uros reed islands, and the islands of Taquile and Amantani.
About 30 km away from Puno is the pre-Inca graveyard of Sillustani with impressive funeral towers known as Chullpas. The best time to visit is in the afternoon but if time is a problem they can also be visited on the way to/from the airport. Puno doesn´t have an airport. The nearest airport is Juliaca about an hour away from Puno.
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EXCURSION TO THE UROS REED ISLANDS
Departure 09.00 AND 13.30. The Uros islands are floating islands made out of reed in the bay of Puno. On the islands live indians who try to sell their handicrafts. Their children go to school on the islands and there is also a medical post.
You will be picked up from your hotel at about 9.00. and taken to the port of Puno where a motorized boat will be waiting for you to take you to the islands which are about 40 minutes away. At the moment there are about 40 islands of which you will visit about three. There is also the opportunity to join a ride on an original reed boat.
EXCURSION TO SILLUSTANI
Duration: 03 Hrs.
Departure at 14.30. You will be picked up from your hotel at about 14.30 hrs and the journey to the site takes about 45 minutes. The Chullpas were built by the Aymara-speaking Collas – a tribe that dominated the Titicaca region before the Incas. Each tower contained the remains of a Colla nobility accompanied by their riches. and although grave robbers have since removed their contents the towers are still well preserved. We spend about an hour and a half to two hours at the site and you will be back in your hotel late afternoon.
LAKE TITICACA, UROS AND TAQUILE
Duration: Full Day.
Departure 09.00. The island of Taquile is about 45 kilometers away from Puno and it takes about 3 hours by boat to get there. The islanders are native Quechua speaking indians and have a communal life style. They still maintain most of the old traditions of the Inca days. On the island are Inca ruins and lots of Inca terraces.The island is famous for its high quality handicraft. On route we have a stop at the Uros islands.
LAKE TITICACA, TAQUILE AND AMANTANI
Duration: 2 Days. (This excursions includes a night on the island in the house of a native)
Departure 07.30A.M. The islands of Amantani & Taquile are about 45 kilometers away from Puno and it takes about 3 hours by boat to get there. The islanders are native Quechua and Aymara speaking indians and have a communal life style. They still maintain most of the old traditions of the Inca days. On the island are Inca ruins and lots of Inca terraces. The island is famous for its high quality handicraft. On route we have a stop at the Uros islands.
EXCURSION FROM PUNO TO COPACABANA AND THE ISLAND OF THE SUN
Duration: 2 days It is about 3 hours by bus to the border with Bolivia. On the other side of the border is the religious town of Copacabana. This friendly little town is famous for the statue of the Virgin of Copacabana which is one of the most venerated saints in the whole of South America. All year round people come here to bring her offers. From Copacabana it is only about 45 minutes by boat to the Island of the Sun. According to the Inca legends their history started on this island. DAY 1: You leave Puno at 08.00 and drive along a road with magnificant views of Lake Titicaca tothe border town of Yunguyo. After the border formalities it is only 20 minutes further to Copacabana where we have lunch in an hotel. You’ll be spending the night in the same hotel. In the afternoon there is an excursion to the island of the Sun. Here we visit some ruins and the fountain of eternal youth. Diner and overnight at your hotel in Copacabana. DAY 2: Breakfast and the rest of the morning is free to discover Copacabana and to visit the cathedral where the statue of Our Lady of Copacabana is located. After lunch you return to Puno or continue to La Paz.