This is one of our most popular Titicaca programs since many years, because it combines many activities and off-the-beaten-path destinations in a practical route that starts at a hotel in the city of Puno and ends at a hotel in the city of Cusco. From start to finish, everything is included (there are some options) which makes it super easy for those of you traveling southern Peru.
Highlights of this programme include:
On the third day, you will travel by tourist bus from Juliaca to Cusco; not so off-the-beaten-path anymore but by far the wisest way to travel to Cusco and enjoy some highlights along the way.
If you’re one day short, please note we also have a two-day version of this programme. You’ll miss out on the Tikonata & fishing excursion, though!
There are a few options available on this tour, which you can select during the booking process:
Between 08:30 and 09:00, your local guide will pick you up at the hotel to start the day with a trip of 1 hour and 20 minutes to the port of San Pedro in the community of Llachon, located on the Capachica peninsula. There you will take the boat to the floating Uros Titino islands (approximately 30 minutes).
You will be welcomed by a family that lives on the island and you will get an explanation of their daily life and how they make their island. It is also possible to take a ride on a traditional reed boat. Walking on the island feels a bit like a waterbed, but it’s safe, of course!
Then you will return to the community of Llachon to enjoy a typical local lunch. After lunch, you will be driven to the community of Chifrón (about 20 minutes) where you will stay at Walther’s house*: Inti Wasi (which means solar house). The lodge is very beautiful with views over Chifrón sandy beach and Lake Titicaca: and in the background you can even see the Cordillera Real of Bolivia.
*If there’s no space at Walther’s, you will stay with another family offering similar comfort and views of the Titicaca Lake.
The rooms are simple, but they are equipped with the necessary amenities and clean (there is even hot water). You will meet Walther, Mariela and their children, and also have time to walk around the lodge. Dinner with the host family and overnight.
After breakfast, you will go with your guide on a sailboat to visit the small island of Tikonata. Along the way, you will learn how local people fish on Lake Titicaca and, of course, you can use the nets yourself. On the island of Tikonata you will meet the people who take care of it (it is basically uninhabited) and you will visit the small museum with mummies that were found on this small island.
After walking to a beautiful viewpoint, you will return to the lodge for lunch and have free time in the afternoon. You can walk to the beach, relax in the sun, read a book or play with the children and the pets.
In the morning you will be driven to Juliaca to take the bus to Cusco. This tourist bus includes a bilingual guide, wifi, tea and snacks on board. It leaves from Puno at 07:00 am (passing through Juliaca about an hour later) and arrives in Cusco around 5:00 pm. Along the way, several attractions will be visited. First, the museum in Pucará, a town famous for the bulls that you can see on the rooftops. After Pucará, the journey goes further up to gradually arrive at the pass La Raya, the highest point between Cusco and Puno, at 4.335 meters.
Around noon: buffet lunch (included). After lunch, you will visit the temple of Wiracocha, in the village of Raqchi. An impressive structure, where the Day of the Sun is celebrated annually on June 16th. The current population still uses the aqueducts and irrigation channels that the Incas left there.
In Andahuaylillas, the last stop, it seems that the time has stopped. The houses around the square are surrounded by big trees, and the little streets give form to a picturesque image. But the most beautiful building is the church, built in 1580 and also called the Sistine Chapel of South America, which has very beautiful wall paintings. Unfortunately you can not take pictures inside.
In Cusco, we will pick you up from the bus station and bring you to your hotel (hotel not included).
The Niños Hotel (2 stars) is our favorite place in town: a very attractive non-profit hotel that supports projects with (street) children. The rooms are beautiful and very comfortable. It also has a cozy restaurant if you prefer not to go out.
The non-profit association of ASTURS is a community-based tourism organisation which shares many of RESPONS values: it strives to enable sustainable development in their region through responsible tourism. We have become friends with Walther, Mariela, Clara and the other members of the Asturs family in 2014 and since then we’ve sent hundreds of travelers to explore the lesser known areas around Lake Titicaca and enjoy authentic experiences with its inhabitants.
Whenever RESPONS organises a workshop about sustainable tourism, we can always count on Asturs’ numerous assistance so we know that they represent our values very well. You will see and feel that when you travel with us and Asturs to Lake Titicaca!