Discover the highest navigable lake in the world in an authentic way, spending your days with a local family on Taquile island. Most overnight stays at Titicaca go to Amantaní island, which allows you to enjoy the island calmly in the mornings and afternoons.
Taquile is unique for its weaving culture in which men take an important role, a tradition you will not find anywhere else in Peru. Your hosts will not only show you their home and their island, but will also share their ancestral culture with you and show you the art of their weaving craft.
You can read the day-to-day description further down. Please note there are a few options you can select throughout the booking process:
This excursion starts around 07:15 am with a transfer from your hotel to the port. With a motorboat (with a covered part in case of rain or cold weather) you will go to the Uros floating islands. Standing and walking on these islands feels like a waterbed (but it is safe of course!) You will meet the residents, see their homes and learn about their lives. During the tour you will visit two of the 60 islands before going to the island of Taquile. You can even do a ride on a traditional reed boat (for a small additional cost to be paid on the spot).
Note: these Uros islands are really touristy, and you can feel that. So please keep that in mind, keep smiling and remember that afterwards you will go to a beautiful island where you will get to know the authentic culture in a non-touristy way with your own host family.
After a boat ride of about three hours, you will arrive at the port of Taquile island (don’t forget to put sunscreen on if you want to sit on the upper part!). Your host, Don Celso, will be waiting for you here. The guide of the boat will pay your entrance for Taquile island and then you will stay with Celso, a proud resident of Taquile. You will walk to his house for about 30-40 minutes (it is located quite high on the island).
Once arrived at home you will enjoy a typical local lunch from the host family. In the afternoon you will go with a local guide (Spanish speaking) to the mountains to visit ruins, and to the temple of Pachamama where you can see the sunset. Keep in mind that the temperature will drop considerably! Do not leave home without a thick sweater and for example a windbreaker.
Dinner with your host family. You will spend the night in beautifully decorated rooms. Celso has six rooms in total, all for two people, of which two have one double bed. The main cottage is built around a central patio where three of the rooms can be found and that you may need to cross over to reach the (shared) shower. The toilets are just outside this patio. The other three rooms are in a nearby built house, and these rooms have their own private bathroom (the shower is shared here, too).
When you wake up for breakfast and walk outside, and breathe the extremely fresh air, you will understand why the people here used to worship the sun so much. As soon as that celestial body rises above the horizon, you will only want one thing: warm yourself up with its warm rays. And everything will change: in a short time you can take off all your layers of the cold night as if it were spring!
Textile processing is extremely important on Taquile island and the whole culture is related to it. All men know how to knit with sticks and all women know how to weave with a (waist) loom. When a young Taquileña (Taquile woman) looks for a husband, the quality of his work is very important because if he knows how to weave his clothes well, he will know how to make beautiful skirts for her, too. And thanks to this she’ll gain status on the island. So, this is how you will start your day: men and women come to the house to knit and weave, and show you their most beautiful works. Feel free to ask questions about the meaning of all the drawings and colors.
After this short activity it’s time to go to the beach! Not for a swim of course, that’s too cold. The “playa pequeña” (small beach) is located near the house of Celso’s family, where you will have lunch and enjoy the beautiful view over the lake, before leaving this unique island and going back to Puno.
If you can’t get enough of the unique Taquile culture, you could decide to stay an extra day. On this additional day, you will go fishing with Celso’s uncle (the fisherman) who will take you to the very far end of the island. On the way he will take you to a place at the beach to have a local lunch (picnic). This extra day has an additional cost of USD 32 per person, including meals.
Would you like an active variation of the program on the first day? Then start the day rowing and enjoy a trip on the water for about 45 minutes. With a lovely Polynesian canoe you row at your own pace to the Uros floating islands. Your guide will help steering and will tell you all about what there is to see. The additional cost is USD 50 per person (+ max. 20 soles for a taxi from your hotel to where you start canoeing).
Don Celso and his wife and son are the chosen hostfamily on Taquile. Together with neighbours and family members organized in a tourism committee, they ensure authentic experiences and quality services to all their guests. For the past years they have only received wonderful comments and have been exemplar partners for us, participating in our workshops and improving their infrastructure and services continuously.