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  • 4 Hours
  • Group Size: 2 - 10
  • All year round

The Titicaca National Reserve is home to a fragile and unique biodiversity. This cultural immersion experience led by local residents gives us the opportunity to listen to local stories, to understand the totorales (reed like plants) ecosystem, to ride in reed kayaks, to taste the local food and to discover the handicrafts made from totora. All made possible through the affection, dedication and ancestral knowledge of the Chimu people.

8:30 am: Departure from Puno
9:00 am: Information about the origin of the islands and the organization of the local enterprise.
9:10 am: Demonstration of the construction of a totora island.
9:30 am: Demonstrative workshop on totorales handicrafts
9:40 am: Kayak ride or free time to take pictures
10:40 am: Tour on a large reed raft to learn about the ecosystem of the totorales
11:15 am: Aymara Theater, in charge of the island’s hosts
12:00 am: Return to Puno or OPTIONAL: Lunch on the beach.

Photo credits: Giulianna Camarena Montenegro / PNUD Perú / Qhapaq Ñan

Price Includes

  • Transportation from the city of Puno to the community of Chimu (round trip).
  • Local guide in Spanish and official guide in a foreign language
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Locally made teas

Price Excludes

  • Additional purchases of handicrafts and products
  • Totora reed kayak ride: 5.00 USD per person

What to Bring

  • Essential individual equipmentIt is essential to wear comfortable clothing for the route (fleece jacket, breathable and comfortable clothing, pants, walking shoes or hiking boots to protect the ankles
  • Sun protectionsunglasses, high protection sunscreen, lip protection and hat
  • Cash if you would like to buy something in the community
  • Water (minimum ½ liter) per person in your own reusable bottle

Why is this experience RESPONSible?

The floating islands of Chimu are a group of three new totora reed islands, located in a clear sector of Lake Titicaca. The Chimu hosts are heirs to a way of life that has adapted to live wisely and harmoniously in Lake Titicaca. The Chimu Islands Association of Community Tourism Entrepreneurs is working in tourism for the first time and practices principles of conservation of endemic species, offers quality services and complies with biosecurity protocols.


Your Travel Designer
11Eliana Pauca is our partner in developing sustainable experiences in Puno | Responsible Travel Peru

Eliana Pauca

I was born in Arequipa. I have been in tourism since I was 15 years old and I have worked as a tour guide in French, English, German and Spanish. I studied Historical-Archaeological Sciences at the Santa Maria Catholic University of Arequipa and later I did a Master’s Degree in Public Policy for International Development at Duke University in North Carolina, USA.

I have lived and worked in the city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca for 16 years. I currently live in Barcelona and continue working to develop sustainable tourism in Peru. Every year I return to my country with the aim of developing and supporting unique, sustainable and environmentally conscious tourist experiences. My special interest is the identification of economic opportunities for rural communities. My purpose is to use tourism as a tool for social, cultural and economic development in Peru and to promote the dissemination of our culture and ancestral knowledge for the benefit of the visitor and the local people.

I am committed to sustainable and responsible tourism because, well done, the tourism industry is a powerful development tool. With responsible tourism we manage to make the visitor enjoy a transformative experience and the local population to reinforce their self-esteem and value their cultural identity while receiving economic income that allows them to improve the education and health of their children.