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Taquile Island (Isla Taquile)
Taquile Island (Isla Taquile)

Taquile Island (Isla Taquile)

Lake Titicaca, Puno

The Basics

Taquile Island (Isla Taquile) controls tourism through its communally owned Munay Taquile Travel Agency; all tour boats leaving from Puno and the homes of locals who welcome travelers to stay overnight must go through this operator. While on island, observe the artisans creating their famous knitwear and textiles. The tradition here starts when kids are young, and the handiwork is divided between the sexes: Women do the weaving while the men take care of the knitting.

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Uros floating islands & Taquile island Titicaca Full Day
Uros floating islands & Taquile island Titicaca Full Day
$99.00 per adult
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The tour was great tour. The water...
The tour was great tour. The water is an amazing blue and the people were extremely friendly. I would highly recommend.
Paul M, Jan 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Puno

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Great Day Out
Ken_M, Oct 2021
Uros and Taquile Islands on Fast Boat
Great day out, great guide Manuel, great communication The day was perfect can't thank the guys enough for helping retrieve my phone after I accidentally left it on the boat at the end of the trip.
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Tony, Mar 2020
Uros and Taquile Islands on Fast Boat
The trip was very good. The stop at Uros to see how the people lived was interesting and enjoyable although a bit touristy. Although I was the only English speaking passenger Joseph was very even in the time he spent explaining things and from time to time he sat with me to give me more detail. Taquile Island was also interesting and the scenery was beautiful. Lunch was included and at a hill side restaurant and I had the best trout meal I can ever remember.
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The tour was great. Our guide Cesar...
cindynadine_g, May 2016
Uros floating islands & Taquile island Titicaca Full Day
The tour was great. Our guide Cesar was attentive and informative. It was interesting to lean how the Uros Island is constructed and how the people live. Taquile Island offered beautiful views and we had a great lunch.
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Uros community
Aleksandr_F, Mar 2020
Uros and Taquile Islands on Fast Boat
We were lucky with our guide Samuel (tour operator Inka Lake): he is VERY helpful, friendly, knowledgeable guide who provided lots of very interesting facts about Uros community.
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Favorite part of our Peru trip. Off...
Malia V H, Apr 2016
Tour Uros, Amantani, and Taquile Islands in 2 Days with Homestay in Amantani
Favorite part of our Peru trip. Off the beaten path, but worth it! Glimpse into a simpler lifestyle. Warm and welcoming host family with cute kids!!
star-4
The boat tour was perfect for...
Josef L, Jun 2016
Uros floating islands & Taquile island Titicaca Full Day
The boat tour was perfect for pictures as it moved so slow. Uros Islands, or the reed islands, were a fascinating example of human ingenuity. It is a tourist trap for sure but one that you feel good about afterwards. Taquile Island is beautiful and lunch there was one of the highlights of the trip but be prepared as the hike to the restaurant is physically exhausting in the altitude! Take your time, drink lots of water and take breaks.
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The Uros are an amazing group of...
Anne B, May 2016
Private Day Tour of the Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island
The Uros are an amazing group of very hard working people. Taquille Island is beautiful and we had a delicious lunch on the island.
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Great trip
ddmoldoveanu, Oct 2019
Uros and Taquile Islands on Fast Boat
That was a very well organized trip, an excellent guide, Samuel, provided by Inka Lake company who provided lot of details about the life and culture of these communities. Strongly recommended as a unique experience, if you get in this area of Peru.
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We had a fantastic guide in Sylvia...
Shay H, Apr 2016
Uros floating islands & Taquile island Titicaca Full Day
We had a fantastic guide in Sylvia. It was very interesting to hear and see about the culture and life on the Uros Islands and then to go on to Taquille which is so different. Strongly recommend this tour.
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A great day!
timmyb312001, Aug 2018
Uros and Taquile Islands on Fast Boat
Sam was very knowledgeable and a caring person. I would recommend this tour :). A great day on the boat and exploring the reed islands and Taquille.
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Great trip. Uros was...
Hitomi S, Sep 2016
Uros floating islands & Taquile island Titicaca Full Day
Great trip. Uros was fascinating with a background on how the islands are built. Taquile portion was interesting.
star-4
The tour was very interesting and...
Sharon V, Jul 2016
Uros floating islands & Taquile island Titicaca Full Day
The tour was very interesting and the guide informative. We enjoyed learning about how the islands and housing are constructed and having a chance to interact with the people. It's sad that the islands are dying out and that they may only be around for a couple more generations. I wholeheartedly recommend people come see this culture while they still can.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Taquile Island is ideal for culture, heritage, and textile enthusiasts.

  • Be sure to check boat itineraries, which are subject to change.

  • Pay boat fees with local Peruvian nuevos soles, and be sure to bring change and small bills.

  • It’s possible to stay overnight in a family home, eating traditional cuisine.

  • While there are no hotels, there are a few small family-owned restaurants.

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How to Get There

Taquile Island is in Lake Titicaca, which is located on the border between northern Bolivia and southern Peru. It’s about 28 miles (45 kilometers) from Puno, Peru, where daily boats leave for the island around 7:30am; expect about a 2.5-hour ride.

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When to Get There

Lake Titicaca and Taquile Island are accessible year-round, but the most pleasant time to visit in terms of weather is from February through November, when days are spring-like with virtually no rain. December and January are usually quite wet. The lake is 12,507 feet (3,812 meters) above sea level, which means nights can get chilly any time of the year.

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Authentic Island Tourism

When tourism came to Lake Titicaca in the 1970s, shortly after the indigenous government won full ownership of the island, the quiet, agriculturally oriented lives of locals began to change dramatically. Camera-wielding outsiders descended upon the small island, snapping photos of the locals without asking permission. This behavior led the council of elders to keep control over transportation, lodging, food service, and on-island tours.

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