Amantani & Taquile Islands 2 days tour

The Titicaca, World's Highest Navigable Lake is part of the Titicaca National Reserve, and was created in 1978 to preserve 37,000 hectares of marsh reeds in the south & north sectors of the lake. Amantaní is an island on the Peruvian side of the lake. According to a 1988 census, it has a population of 3,663 Quechua-speakers divided among

about 800 families. The island is circular and is about 9,28 km² in size. It has two mountain peaks, the Pachatata (Father Earth) and the Pachamama (Mother Earth) with ancient Inca & Tiawanaku remnants on top of both. The hillsides are terraced, mostly worked by hand and planted with wheat, quinua, potatoes and other cereals & vegetables. Livestock, including alpacas, also graze in the slopes.

The reserve is divided into two sections: Ramis, in the provinces of Huancané & Ramis; and Puno, in the province of the same name. The reserve is home to dozens of native bird species (over 60 species in total, between resident & migratory birds), fish (4 different families) and amphibians (18 native species). There are three islands in the lake: Huaca Huacani, Toranipata and Santa María.


Uros-Taquile, Amantani Islands Tour Itinerary:

Day 01: Puno - Uros - Amantani - The tour starts at 8:30am from Puno on the Titicaca Lake to the remarking floating reed islands (built on layers of Totora reeds), home of the Uros indians, who still live as their ancestors did a thousand years ago. Then, we will go to Amantani island. A 3-hour boat ride on the Titicaca takes us to Amantani island (3,812 m./12,500ft) and home to impressive archaeological sites. Passengers can meet the Yatiri indians, the "Shamans" of the Titicaca who read the future in Coca leaves (lunch, dinner). Familiar Lodge.
Day 02: Amantani - Taquile - Puno - The next morning the excursion will start about 8:30am by boat from Amantani island, this remote island is a remarkable community where Quechua, the language of the Incas, is kept alive by the islanders. The outstanding highlight of its inhabitants is their handicraft derived from techniques developed over centuries. We will have our lunch in this island. In the afternoon we will return to Puno for dinner.
  • All transfers.
  • Accommodations in a familiar lodge in Amantani island.
  • All-lake transportation.
  • All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services.
  • All entrance fees.
  • Meals: 1B/1L/1D.
DEPARTURES: Every day.

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