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Camping and rowing Lake Titicaca

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  • 3 Days, 2 NightsStarting point: Puno
  • Group Size: 3 - 15
  • April through December

This experience must be one of the most beautiful and authentic ways to discover Lake Titicaca in a few days, including camping on spectacular beaches, visiting remote communities and paddling on a canoe to the less-visited islands of Ticonata, Amantaní and Uros Titino. The chosen route makes your visit to Lake Titicaca very special and unique. 

We consider the required effort for the paddling as moderate, so you should be in good physical condition to participate. However, we won’t be doing really tough sports either. Yes, the distances may sound like a lot. But considering that the average speed is 6km per hour, you don’t actually row for that much time. In fact, the distances are very well managed (and divided into two stages). Thanks to that, we consider the tour ideal for families as well. 

One thing that you should keep in mind though is that you will be exposed to low temperatures, so it is recommended to come prepared for that.

The meals offered are adequate, considering the physical activity that you are going to
perform and the calories you burn. In other words, you can expect sufficient, abundant and tasty food.

The camps are located near a small accommodation, where we can make use of the bathrooms, hot water and dining rooms when necessary, providing extra comfort.

Of course, we understand that some travelers might not be great fans of the whole camping and rowing idea. If you want to visit Lake Titicaca, but be a little less adventurous, why not try our Lake Titicaca Tour with Homestay on Taquile Island or our tour that takes you From Puno to Cusco in the RESPONSible Way

Day by Day

Day 1Puno - Paramis (3.850m) - Ticonata island - Paramis

Between 7.30 and 8.00 am, we will start our journey by driving to the community of Paramis. Here, we will find an authentic place lost in time that offers spectacular views, joyful community members and some hidden and well-protected beaches, which will be our base for the next 2 days.

Once we are set up, we will go on a short round trip, paddling to the island of Ticonata and back. On the island, we will enjoy a picnic and be able to visit and learn a little more about this ancient island. Remains of the Tiahuanaco culture were found here. Before returning to our camp, we will visit the local museum and hike to the upper part of the island.

At night, we will have a barbecue on the shores of Lake Titicaca: this special moment will, without a doubt, become an unforgettable memory of the trip.

Day 2Paramis - Amantaní island (4.150m) - Paramis

After enjoying breakfast on the shores of the lake, a short stretch of just over 7km awaits us, leading to the island of Amantaní. This beautiful island, which is the largest one on the whole lake, houses different pre-Incan temples. We will go up to the highest part of the island to visit the temple of Pachatata. From here, we will have a panoramic view of the Lake Titicaca.

After this visit, we will have lunch in the home of one of the community members. Then, it’s time to paddle back to our camp where we will enjoy a delicious dinner at night.

Day 3Paramis - Uros Titino (3.810m) - Puno (3.850m)

Today we start early since a long stretch towards the islands of Uros Titino awaits us. The particularity of these islands is that they are situated further away from the 110 more conventional islands floating near Puno. The people here chose not to engage in mass tourism, but prefer to continue their normal lifestyle. Thus, you can expect to live a more authentic experience of the floating islands. 

On the island we will serve you a lunch before starting the last part of the journey taking us back to the city. The distance to row on that day is just over 18 km. Between 17.30 and 18.00 pm, you will be back in Puno. 

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Why is this experience RESPONSible?

Paramis is an unspoiled location with a very small population that has only few economic opportunities. To organize this tour, we use the services of a local family consisting of three elder siblings that provide us with the necessary infrastructure to offer better comfort to our visitors. When offering meals to the visitor, we use the produce harvested by the community, thus supporting their work. 

Moreover, we are proud to use canoes on this tour, instead of any motorized transport. By doing that, we move in a completely CO2 neutral way and don’t make any noise that could disturb the lake’s wildlife or inhabitants. Together with your local guide you will enjoy a low-impact visit and observe the flora and fauna from a unique perspective.

Details

Price Includes

  • Polynesian canoes for 6 people
  • Equipment such as life jackets, dry bags, binoculars, radios, first-aid kit
  • Support and safety boat
  • Mentioned meals for the three days
  • Complete camping equipment with tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, dining tent and chairs
  • SUP boards available at every stop
  • Trained English speaking guides

Price Excludes

What to Bring

Frequently Asked Questions

About the tour itself

Is this tour physically demanding?

A little bit, yes. As said in the description, the distances you need to row are well-managed, but of course if it physical activity. So, keep in mind that you’ll have to make an effort to arrive at your destination.

Can I do this tour with my children?

Yes, we consider this tour fairly family-friendly! It will be a real adventure for your little ones. 

Is previous experience necessary?

No previous experience is necessary. Remember that you will always be accompanied by your guide as well, who will give instructions and be there for you if you need anything. 

What kind of weather should we expect during this excursion?

On Lake Titicaca it gets very hot during the day and as soon as the sun sets, temperatures drop quite a lot. So be prepared for the sun (hat, suncream, drink lots of water), but also pack some warm clothes for the night

Am I expected to buy souvenirs on Titino Uros Island?

As these islands are the least visited in the area, the locals may insist that you buy souvenirs; keep in mind that this is their main source of income and that the money from the sale goes directly to them. So, if you have the opportunity, try to buy at least something small; and if not, politely decline their proposal.

General questions

For questions about booking a tour, prices, preparation for your trip, health and safety or other themes, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find your question & answer, email us and we’ll add it!

Reviews
Your Host
Alvaro and his polynesian canoe at Lake Titicaca

Álvaro

After many outdoor activities around the world, Álvaro decided to establish in Puno and take a new activity to Lake Titicaca. He brought two Outrigger Canoes to the lake because he believes that these vessels offer an exclusive and unique way to connect with the beautiful nature of the lake, its calm waters and wildlife. He loves working with the local population and offers tours to some of the islands of Lake Titicaca as well as the Paracas Bay on the coast south of Lima.

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