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Uros Amantani Taquile Islands 2D/1N

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Travel Pack:
Uros Amantani and Taquile
Activity Levels

easy

Tour type: Trekking, Archaeological and Cultural
Ideal For: Adventurous, couples, families, nature lovers and intrepid people.
3-star Package

USD 999 Per Person

5-star Package

USD 0 Per Person

This is the classic tour that a pool of travel agencies puts together for small budget travelers. Even though it is a very popular trip, there is a lot of controversy about this low-priced tour group because it does not pay fairly to the locals for their food and home stay services.
The 3,600 inhabitants of Amantani have also a Quechua origin and they are mainly small farmers. The most important crops in Amantani are Andean potatoes, bailey and green beans. The "Amantaneños" have not been as successful in their tourism entrepreneurial initiatives as their neighbors from Taquile. However, they are able to welcome you with much appreciation and sincerity. A visit to Amantani necessarily implies to stay one night on the island. The houses are very simple and services are basic. There is no running water, no electricity and of course no toilets or showers. For many people this home-stay experience and the encounter with the host family is a revelation of the reality of Andean people at such altitude.
Amantani Island is located 26 miles (38 Km) away from the city of Puno (3 ½ hours of navigation in normal boat). Because of a more distant location, tourism on the island of Amantani has not developed as much as in Taquile.


Highlights

  • Travel with an international group to Titicaca lake by boat
  • Meet the locals in Uros, Amantani and Taquile, and contribute to their businesses by buying their handicrafts
  • Feel like a local and support the local families, staying overnight on the Lake in Amantaní
  • Explore the agricultural terraces from pre-Inca times
  • Enjoy traditional dance with the families in Amantani and Taquile

Itinerary

Transport by motor boat stopping at the Uros Islands for 30 minute where you can see how the familys used the totora (Plant that grows in the lake) and they used this for built treir houses and other mores. before departing to the island of Amantani. There are no hotels on Amantani Islands but on arrival the group is split into smaller groups for overnight stays with local families. It is very beautiful and peaceful, and in many ways less spoiled than Taquile. There are six villages and ruins on both of the island's peaks, Pacha Tata and Pacha Mama, from which there are excellent views.
There are also temples and on the shore there is a throne carved out of stone. The residents make beautiful textiles and sell them quite cheaply at the Artensania Cooperative after this we return to the house for sleep. The people are Quechua speakers, but understand Spanish. Electricity supply 6-11pm. The tour price includes accommodation, lunch and evening meal on the first day and breakfast the following morning. Groups typically leave Amantani at 8am in the morning for the 1 hr 45 min boat ride to Taquile where you will visit the main village and ruins.

After we have our breakfast, we go of Amantani island to Taquile Island for one hour aproximately. when we arrived we visited the tow of Taquile are numerous pre-Inca and Inca ruins and Inca terracing. The island is narrow, only about 1 km wide, and 6-7 km long. There is a cooperative shop on the island that sells exceptional woollen goods which are not cheap but of very fine quality. you will have the opportunity to buy beautiful handmade weavings and collages depicting the life on the islands. The inhabitants on some islands have built small 'museums' with stuffed birds inside, or lookout towers to get a better view. For a dollar or so you can usually take a 10 minutes ride on the lake in a traditional reed boat. All in all it makes for an interesting visit since there's nowhere else quite like it in the world.

Included

Whats Included?

  • 07:00 h. Pick up from your hotel in Puno.
  • Transportation to the dock of the Lake Titicaca.
  • Entrance fee to the National Park of the Lake Titicaca.
  • Boat transportation with toilet facitlities.
  • A short tour on the little original Totora reed boat.
  • Professional English speaking guide.
  • Lunch & dinner at a local family house on Amantani Island.
  • Overnight at a family house on Amantani Island.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

Whats Not Included?

  • Extras & gratuities
  • Hotel in Puno
  • Lunch in Taquile.
  • Soft or alcoholic drinks.