Overnight Amantani Island Homestay Experience from Puno

Multi-day & Extended Tours in Puno

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Get ready to go back in time for a colorful, vibrant and eye-opening cultural experience visiting 3 different indigenous cultures on Lake Titicaca. Spend the night with an indigenous family on the remote Island of Amantani. Visit the Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island. Get to know local Aymara and Quechua-speaking families and experience their unique way of living. Admire awe-inspiring views of Lake Titicaca and the Cordillera Real mountain range.
Day 1: Depart Puno for the Uros Floating Islands & Amantani Homestay (L/D)You will be picked up from your hostel between 7:00-8:00am and transferred to the port of Puno, where you will meet your guide and board the motor boat. The first stop will be the Uros Floating Islands, where you will spend about one and a half hour. There are more than 50 floating islands and you will visit two of them. On the first floating island, your guide will explain to you about the people who live on the floating islands. Then you will have some free time to walk around, visit the small huts made from reeds, take some pictures and buy a souvenir to support the people of these islands if you wish.After this visit you will continue on with a 3-hour boat ride to Amantani Island where you will spend the night with a local family. You will be met by the families at the dock and then taken to their houses to enjoy a delicious lunch with them.  In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to go on an optional hike up to the highest point of this community which is located at about 4150m (13600 feet) to enjoy the sunset. There you can admire awe-inspiring views of Lake Titicaca, the Cordillera Real mountain range and the Isla del Sol on the Bolivian side of the lake in the distance.In the evening, after the dinner, the families will organize a local party for you and provide you the traditional dress to enjoy the party (optional). Take plenty of pictures of this crazy mix of locals and foreigners all decked-out laughing and dancing together.Day 2: Taquile Island & Return to Puno (B) The next day you will have an early breakfast before saying goodbye to your family and heading over to the neighbouring Taquile Island (1-hour boat ride). The people who live on this island are very famous because they are considered “the best weavers of Peru”. There, you will go on a beautiful hike to enjoy the views of the lake. During this hike you will stop to visit the town square of Taquile and visit the handicraft shops to see the typical weaving. The square is also the highest point of the hike (3950m or 12960 feet). You will finish the hike going to the second port of the island, where you will take the motor boat back to Puno, finishing the tour at 3:30pm approximately.  

What’s included

  • Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off from City Center
  • Boat Rides
  • English-Speaking Guide
  • Entrance Fees to the Islands
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and 1 Dinner at Family Home
  • 1 Night Basic Private Room with Shared Bathroom at Homestay

What’s not included

  • Small gift for host family to show appreciation (can be purchased in Puno on the morning of departure)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Transfers from Hotels Located Out of the City (Libertador, Eco Inn, Casa Andina Private Collection, Posada del Inca, Mirador del Titicaca, Taypikala, Yacht, José Antonio)
  • Lunch on Taquile Island
  • Tips for guide and driver (In Peru & Bolivia it is common to tip your tour guide if you feel he/she provided you with a good service. It is not obligatory but it would be a nice gesture)

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Puno for the Uros Floating Islands & Amantani Homestay (L/D) You will be picked up from your hostel between 7:00-8:00am and transferred to the port of Puno, where you will meet your guide and board the motor boat. The first stop will be the Uros Floating Islands, where you will spend about one and a half hour. There are more than 50 floating islands and you will visit two of them. On the first floating island, your guide will explain to you about the people who live on the floating islands. Then you will have some free time to walk around, visit the small huts made from reeds, take some pictures and buy a souvenir to support the people of these islands if you wish.After this visit you will continue on with a 3-hour boat ride to Amantani Island where you will spend the night with a local family. You will be met by the families at the dock and then taken to their houses to enjoy a delicious lunch with them.  In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to go on an optional hike up to the highest point of this community which is located at about 4150m (13600 feet) to enjoy the sunset. There you can admire awe-inspiring views of Lake Titicaca, the Cordillera Real mountain range and the Isla del Sol on the Bolivian side of the lake in the distance.In the evening, after the dinner, the families will organize a local party for you and provide you the traditional dress to enjoy the party (optional). Take plenty of pictures of this crazy mix of locals and foreigners all decked-out laughing and dancing together.
Day 2: Taquile Island & Return to Puno (B) The next day you will have an early breakfast before saying goodbye to your family and heading over to the neighbouring Taquile Island (1-hour boat ride). The people who live on this island are very famous because they are considered “the best weavers of Peru”. There, you will go on a beautiful hike to enjoy the views of the lake. During this hike you will stop to visit the town square of Taquile and visit the handicraft shops to see the typical weaving. The square is also the highest point of the hike (3950m or 12960 feet). You will finish the hike going to the second port of the island, where you will take the motor boat back to Puno, finishing the tour at 3:30pm approximately.  
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