Taquile Homestay & Farm Activities 02Days
PRIVATE / SHARED SERVICES
DESCRIPTION OF ITINERARY:
DIA 01: PUNO – UROS ISLAND – TAQUILE: A driver and guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you until main port. A boat ride of 25 minutes to the Island of Uros. Fishermen and hunters inhabit the floating islands of Uros. The residents of the Uros use the totora reed (aquatic plant) that grows in the lake, to create life conditions and ensure that the islands stay afloat. The dense roots that generate these plants support the island. The Uros use the totora reed to build their islands, houses, for cooking, eating, and to sale in the city of Puno, besides to barter (exchange) with products such as quinoa, potatoes, barley and wool. This culture appeared over 3000 years ago and the people have spoken as a language Uro puquina, the last person who still spoke the Uru Puquina language died in 1951, now a day the population speak Aimara Language. On Uros live more than 2000 people, divided into 80 artificial islands built with totora reeds, where reed boats (balsa) are the unique method of transportation which is also used for fishing. Then a trip to Taquile Island located 37 km away from Puno, (02:30 hours by regular boat) (01:45 hours by semifast boat) and (01:00 hour by speedboat). Upon arrival to Taquile Island the families will wait you and escort for your home stay as a warm welcome. You will find that your room has been built with local materials and traditional decoration. Then a traditional lunch prepared with local products. In the afternoon your host family will explain you about their textiles, famous for its craft production (declared cultural heritage of humanity). Taquile Island was a prison during the colonial period, currently live 2000 people approximately, where people wear a special hat for example regarding to single, married or authorities. In the afternoon observe the magnificent sunset on the Titicaca, the highest and navigable lake in the world. At night dinner together with our host family. Overnight in Taquile.
DAY 02: TAQUILE ISLAND – PUNO: Breakfast included at guest house. Afterwards we will explore the non-tourist areas, hiking to the top of the Island (4130m) from where you will admire the immensity of Lake Titicaca and visit the pre Inca temples (Molusina), with more than 3000 years old built by Pucara and Tiawanaco cultures, for its architectural features of the temple this remains a place sacred for the locals, who still practice their most important religious and cultural rituals of the Andean traditions, in honor to the Mother earth (Pachamama) in January every year. Also you will appreciate the traditional farming techniques and their customs, the pre Inca temples, tombs, agriculture terraces and its landscapes. Taquile is about 1.5 km wide and 5.7 km length, where there is a kindergarten, primary and secondary schools and a medical center. Lunch on Taquile Island. Then walking downhill, this visit can be tired, because its 565 steps to walk down to the main port, but worth it. Then a return trip to Puno. Transfer to your hotel.
|02DAYS TAQUILE CULTURAL|
By shared fast boat
By private regular boat
|02 persons||US$173.00||Inclusions: Shared fast boat, english-spanish speaking guide, superior room, all meals, mineral water, bonfire, textile demonstration, farming activities and others||US$214.00||Inclusions: Private regular boat, private guide, superior room, all meals & dessert, fruits, mineral water & wine, portable cooler, bonfire, textile demonstration, farming activities and others|
|06 up||On request||On request|
|02DAYS TAQUILE CULTURAL|
By private semifast boat
By private luxury speed boat
|02 persons||US$223.00||Inclusions: Private semifast boat, private guide, superior room, all meals & dessert, fruits, mineral water & wine, portable cooler, bonfire, textile demonstration, farming activities and others||US$405.00||Inclusions: Private speed luxury boat, private guide, superior room, all meals & dessert, fruits, mineral water & wine, portable cooler, bonfire, textile demonstration, farming activities and others|
|06 up||On request||On request|
WHAT IS INCLUDED: The tour INCLUDE round trip transport from hotel/port/hotel, English-Spanish speaking guide 02Days, entrance fees Uros Island US$3, entrance fees Taquile Island US$3, lunch on Taquile Island US$5, all meals, accommodation & activities US$45, regular motor boat for 02Days. Besides pre-trip information + organization and all local taxes. There are no hidden extras in our prices. Our regular motor boat has 25 comfortable seats, velocity 8 knots + night navigation lights + oxygen & first aid kit + life jackets + toilet + panoramic windows, reclining seats. For budget travellers we recommend to travel by shared regular boat but with private tour guide.
NOT INCLUDED: For group tours / shared services transfer to port from hotels with Lake view as Hotel Sonesta Posada, Casa Andina Private Collection, Eco Inn, Libertador and Jose Antonio, nor tips.
You can see that in Rumbo Explora we have developed for you tailor-made itineraries with the best price as competitive as possible, providing an excellent service and paying our guides 10% above the legal wage agreed with association of the tour guides – Puno. Our staff are some of the best paid in Puno & Lake Titicaca, which allows us to attract only the Best Tour Guides, Motor Boats and Land Transportation with national permit, to none other local company, that can only provide a cheaper price by providing a far inferior service and saving on staff costs, ¿How? Hiring tour guides in training without experience and not paying them, besides avoiding taxes to government.
Big Travel companies from Europe, North America, Australia and others work with the Peruvian Tour Operators located in Lima-Peru, who work as middlemen receiving from them good prices from the Tours & Packages, and paying to us 40 to 50% minor the normal price, besides 2 to 3 months delayed, being this the reason that Rumbo Explora have decided to offer tours & packages directly to travelers.