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Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros)
Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros)

Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros) Tours and Activities

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The 40-plus floating Uros Islands are perhaps the most photographed attraction on Lake Titicaca, famously constructed with springy totora reeds. The reeds are collected from around the shores of Lake Titicaca, and used to replenish the fragile islands every three months or so, as the bottom of the two-meter (6.5ft) totora mat slowly rots back into the lake. Thus, the islands change shape, size and even number as the centuries pass, anchored to the lake bottom but in many ways a completely separate world.

The Uros people are an ancient race, predating the Incas by millennia and, according to local legend, even the sun and stars. The “People of the Lake,” as they call themselves, once said that they did not feel the cold, thanks to their “black blood.” (The last full-blooded Uros woman died in 1959, after centuries of intermarriage with Aymaras and other races, so that claim is subject to some conjecture.)

Heavily taxed by the Incas and enslaved in the silver mines by the Spanish, the Uros have managed, through ingenuity and isolation, to outlast their tormentors with their unique culture largely in place. The key to their survival is the reeds, whose starchy tubers are consumed for food, flowers brewed to make tea, and stalks used for medicine, handicrafts, and the construction of gondolas, homes, schools, churches and just about everything else on the islands.

The islands change in size and number over the centuries and will quickly thin if not meticulously maintained. Tourism on the handful accessible to tourists is relatively open and you can arrange trips with several Puno travel agencies or even come on your own, in public boats that leave regularly from the Puno pier. The 5km (3mi) trip takes about thirty minutes.

The islands are part of Titicaca National Reserve which protects 37,000 hectares (143 square miles) of reed bed, including some 60 species of bird and 14 of fish, many collected by the Uros for meat, eggs, and as work animals, such as cormorants used to fish. You’ll also see plenty of domesticated cats, to keep mice from devouring the delicate islands.

While many of the Uros traditions have been maintained, the islands are by no means frozen in time. For example, they no longer speak their original language, having switched to Aymara after centuries of trade and intermarriage, and have more recently embraced technology, such as electrical generators, modern motors on reed boats and so forth.

Tourism has brought money and opportunity to the islands, which cuts into time once spent doing traditional activities, such as the all-important collection of totora. They are savvy enough to know their time’s worth, so expect to be charged for photos and/or offered handicrafts with a cheerfully hard sell.

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Uros floating islands & Taquile island Titicaca Full Day

Uros floating islands & Taquile island Titicaca Full Day

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Explore the idyllic floating islands of Lake Titicaca on an exciting full-day tour from Puno. Visit Uros and Taquile to gain insight into the indigenous inhabitants of the unique islands; ride the gentle waters of the world’s highest lake on a boat; and enjoy an authentic experience of a culture untouched by mainland modernity. Convenient hotel pickup and drop-off is included in this tour.
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  • 8 hours
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Lake Titicaca Day Tour from Puno

Lake Titicaca Day Tour from Puno

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Embark on a day tour of Lake Titicaca, a large mountain lake that serves as a natural border between Peru and Bolivia. Depart your Puno hotel (Puno is a 4-hour drive from Peru's second most populous city, Arequipa) for port, then set out via motorboat toward the floating Uros Islands. Visit two of these dozens of man-made islands—each constructed from native reeds found in the lake's shallow waters—and learn about their distinct inhabitants and culture as you go. Next, continue to Taquile island, home to some of Peru's best weavers.
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  • 11 hours
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$28.00
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Uros and Taquile Islands on Fast Boat

Uros and Taquile Islands on Fast Boat

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Discover the rural tranquility of the Uros and Taquile Islands on an enriching full-day excursion from Puno. Cruise the shimmering waters of Lake Titicaca, the worlds highest lake, and spend some leisurely free time exploring the beautiful islands. Marvel at the majestic floating islands, made entirely of reeds, as you wander and watch locals go about their daily business. Learn about the rich culture and history of the region from your expert guide and feast upon a complimentary lunch when hunger strikes.
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  • 1 day
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$66.12
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Uros Kayaking and Taquile Island Day Tour

Uros Kayaking and Taquile Island Day Tour

Explore the world's highest navigable lake on a kayaking tour from Puno. Paddle the waters of Lake Titicaca—the mountain lake that acts as a natural border between Peru and Bolivia—toward the floating Uros islands: a series of man-made islands constructed from native totora reeds. Explore a Uros and learn about its residents from your guide, then set out via boat to Taquile Island, a hotbed of textile art. Embark on a leisurely island hike with some time spent in Taquile's town square for lunch, shopping and weaving demos.
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  • 9 hours
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$146.00
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Full Day Tour Uros and Taquile Islands

Full Day Tour Uros and Taquile Islands

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Take a motorboat across Lake Titicaca to the floating reed island of Uros and learn about one of the first ethnic groups of the Andes and admire the craftsmanship of the large reed boats made by the men of the island. Visit Taquile Island to get a closer look at the handicrafts made in this region and have lunch at a local restaurant—not included—before heading back to Puno.
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  • 9 hours
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10-day Tour from Lima: Amazon Jungle, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

10-day Tour from Lima: Amazon Jungle, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

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See Peru's most spectacular natural and archaeological wonders on an exciting 10-day tour. Explore the country's cosmopolitan capital, Lima, before setting out for the Amazon Jungle, where you'll bed down in thatched-roof bungalows and enjoy days embarking on jungle treks and seeking out native howler monkeys and sloths. Next up is Cusco―once capital of the Inca Empire and entryway to both the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, each of which you'll have ample time to experience. Then its off to Lake Titicaca and a visit to its manmade Uro islands.
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  • 10 days
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10-Day Tour from Lima: Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon

10-Day Tour from Lima: Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon

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Explore the top highlights in Peru during this 10-day, 9-night trip covering Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Colca Canyon and much more. Discover the history of the Incas during time in Cusco and the surrounding Sacred Valley. You’ll also spend an unforgettable day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu before heading to Lake Titicaca to see its unique floating islands. Your trip finishes with a journey through the amazing scenery of Colca Canyon, spotting local wildlife like the giant Andean Condor. This Peru highlights trip also covers a guide, nine nights of accommodations, meals as per the itinerary, bus, boat and train transfers and all entrance fees.
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  • 10 days
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10-Day Private Journey Around Peru and Bolivia Following the Inca Paths

10-Day Private Journey Around Peru and Bolivia Following the Inca Paths

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With soaring mountain peaks, shimmering lakes, UNESCO–listed treasures, and thousands of years of Incan history, Peru and Bolivia are a traveller’s dream destinations. On this comprehensive 10-day tour, explore both nations with your private guide and hit highlights including Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu with ease. With hotel accommodation, breakfasts, entry fees, and all travel covered, you’re free to relax and see the best of South America.
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  • 10 days
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$5,884.62
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Peruvian Treasures 8 Days 7 Nights

Peruvian Treasures 8 Days 7 Nights

Discover the top attractions and highlights of Peru on this 8-day tour. Explore the city of Cusco on a walking tour before heading to the Sacred Valley to see the region’s Inca sites and learn about the indigenous culture. Plus, take a guided tour of Machu Picchu, the “lost” city of the Incas, before heading south to meet the communities of Lake Titicaca. You’ll also receive a briefing from your guide before the tour, and be able to ask any questions.
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  • 8 days
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Uros and Taquile Island Full Day Tour from Puno

Uros and Taquile Island Full Day Tour from Puno

Set sail on Lake Titicaca to reach the Uros Floating Islands on this small-group tour from Puno. Learn about traditional life on the islands and admire the scenery as you tour the lake with your guide, stopping to enjoy a local lunch like freshly caught fish and quinoa soup. Return back to your hotel at the end of the trip.
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  • 10 hours
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$76.00
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Kayaking to the Uros Floating Islands

Kayaking to the Uros Floating Islands

On this tour you will kayak around Lake Titicaca for about 1 h; We will take you to the port and then you will have to reach the island of the Uros passing through the Titicaca national reserve; This is a different way of seeing the lake in Puno and visiting the island of the Uros. In addition, you can join another group to visit Taquile (full day) or Amantani (2d1n); For this, see our related optional products Key notes: • Small group size • Transfers from the hotel from the center to the port and vice versa • Ideal for all • Instructor guide • Physical condition is not required • Kayaks are professional, safe and very stable: "Sea Kayaks". • We will have additional support: boat and staff. • Estimated to paddle is 1 hour from Puno to the island of the Uros. • We will have a kayak instructor. • No previous experience required.
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  • 3 hours
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Kayaking to the Uros + Isla De Taquile Veloz

Kayaking to the Uros + Isla De Taquile Veloz

An adventure program that will allow you to reach the Floating Islands of the Uros, adventure in Kayak for an hour and arrive at this wonderful and peculiar place that will allow you to do friendly practices with the environment, you will get to know closely the reproduction of the reeds, fish, birds a set of flora and fauna and. Speed boat to Taquile Island
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  • 10 hours
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6-Day Fascinating Highlights of Peru from Cusco

6-Day Fascinating Highlights of Peru from Cusco

Discover some of Peru’s most fascinating regions during this 6-day highlights tour. Take a city tour of Cusco, visit the archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley, and walk through the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Then, head to Puno to explore the world’s highest navigable lake, Titicaca, and the unique islands of Uros and Taquile, to discover their unique cultures.
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  • 6 days
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$730.00
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8-Day Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca Tour from Lima

8-Day Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca Tour from Lima

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Experience two of Peru’s most iconic sights, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, plus much more during this 8-day, 7-night trip through the country's biggest highlights. Explore the wealth of Inca history around Cusco, including the iconic UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu and the many ancient Inca ruins throughout the Sacred Valley. Then continue on to Lake Titicaca by first-class bus, exploring the unique Uros Floating Islands built from totora reeds and the beautiful scenery of Taquile Island. Your Peru adventure covers a guide, 7 nights of accommodations, meals as per the itinerary, bus and train transfers and all site entrance fees.
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  • 8 days
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Titicaca Lake 2 Day 1 Night from Cusco to Puno

Titicaca Lake 2 Day 1 Night from Cusco to Puno

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Explore Lake Titikaka and the archaeological ruins in Cusco Puno on this overnight tour from Cusco. Arranging this activity-packed adventure on your own may be logistically challenging, but booking this tour means everything is arranged for you. Take a boat trip on the lake to visit the islands of Urus and Taquile and enjoy a multi-stop bus route through Cusco Puno, stopping at the various archaeological sites. Overnight accommodations, some meals, and all activities are included per itinerary.
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  • 2 days
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$255.39
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18-Day Best of Peru Semi Private Tour from Puerto Maldonado

18-Day Best of Peru Semi Private Tour from Puerto Maldonado

Visit all the best Peru can offer in one big round trip through 18 unforgettable days! beginning your adventure in the Amazon Rrainforest you will experience all its colorful nature, vegetation and animals in 3 days. Thereafter the Incan Empire awaits where Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu will amaze you with its Incan culture and architecture. After enjoying the culture of the Incan Empire you will visit the rest of the Peruvian wonders, the amazing culture of Lake Titicaca, the beautiful Colca Canyon, the White City of Arequipa, the lush Oasis of Huacachina, the mysterious Nazca Lines, the diamond of the sea - the Ballestas Islands and the capital of Peru - Lima.
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  • 18 days
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8 Days Peru All The Senses: Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu & Titicaca Lake

8 Days Peru All The Senses: Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu & Titicaca Lake

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Explore the ancient ruins and soaring landscapes of the Inca world on a 7-night tour of Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca. Included tours, ground transport, and accommodations mean you won’t use your limited time in Peru making bookings and coordinating logistics, and the trip features the spectacular train ride to Machu Picchu, which winds through the high peaks of the Andes Mountains.
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  • 8 days
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$1,045.00
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8-Day Semi-Private Tour: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titcaca

8-Day Semi-Private Tour: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titcaca

Get a comprehensive overview of Peru’s landmarks on this 8-day tour from Cusco to Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca. Enjoy both private and shared tours throughout the week as you discover key landmarks such as the Sacred Valley, Inca archeological sites, the city of Cusco, the islands of Uros and Taquile, and of course, the famous Machu Picchu. Learn about Peru’s rich history and culture as you explore the country.
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  • 8 days
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$1,183.00
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13-Day Tour from Lima:Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon and Nazca Lines

13-Day Tour from Lima:Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon and Nazca Lines

Explore the top highlights in Peru during this 13-day, 12-night trip covering Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Nazca Lines, Colca Canyon and much more. Discover the history of the Incas during time in Cusco and the surrounding Sacred Valley. You’ll also spend an unforgettable day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu before heading to Lake Titicaca to discover the lake’s unique floating islands and searching for Andean Condors above the Colca Canyon. Finish your trip with a flight above the mysterious Nazca Lines. This Peru highlights trip also covers a guide, 12 nights of accommodations, meals as per the itinerary, bus, boat and train transfers and all entrance fees.
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  • 13 days
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$3,025.65
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Tour Uros and Taquile in Speedboat (full day)

Tour Uros and Taquile in Speedboat (full day)

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It is differentiated by the speed of the boat, so that we will save more time in navigation and will have much more time to enjoy the Islands, sharing experiences with the locals, and also take an optional ride in local transport.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Lake Titicaca (2 Days)

Lake Titicaca (2 Days)

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One of the world’s highest expanses of water, Lake Titicaca straddles the border between Peru and Bolivia—with a history of habitation by the indigenous Uros people dating back to pre-Columbian days. On this 2-day tour, reach the islands of Lake Titicaca and spend the night in a local family's homestay. Travel by boat between Amantani and Taquile islands, and enjoy an immersive experience of life on the water.
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  • 2 days
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Lake Titicaca (Day Trip) Uros&Taquile

Lake Titicaca (Day Trip) Uros&Taquile

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The shimmering blue waters of Lake Titicaca is home to the famous, man-made Floating Islands of Uros. These islands and their dwellings, which date back to pre-Incan time, are made completely out of totora reeds, a native bulrush plant that grows in the lake. With a guided tour, get to know the inhabitants that have formed a small community and learn how these islands stay afloat. During the afternoon, visit the island of Taquile and experience the unique culture of the locals.
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  • 9 hours
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Private 2-Day Lake Titicaca Expedition with Overnight on Taquile Island

Private 2-Day Lake Titicaca Expedition with Overnight on Taquile Island

Discover the one-of-a-kind environment of Lake Titicaca during this 2-day, 1-night private cultural tour of the lake’s top sights. Explore the fascinating Uros Floating Islands, constructed entirely from native totora reeds, and take a ride in a totora reed canoe. You’ll then visit Taquile Island, enjoying a lunch of local lake trout and doing some hiking before spending the night in one of the island’s traditional huts. On day two you’ll admire the sunrise over the lake before learning about the textile, ceramic and weaving traditions of Amantani Island. Your overnight Lake Titicaca adventure also includes a private guide, one day of locally-prepared meals, one night of accommodations and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 2 days
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Uros Amantani and Taquile Island 2 Day Tour from Puno

Uros Amantani and Taquile Island 2 Day Tour from Puno

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Located on majestic Lake Titicaca, the floating reed islands of Amantani, Taquile, and Uros boast a history dating back to pre-Inca days. On this adventurous 2-day tour, spend time on these remote islands and enjoy Amantani hospitality during an overnight home stay. Gain insight into local customs, folklore, and traditions—with meals plus round-trip travel from your Puno hotel included.
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  • 2 days
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros) costs USD 19.00. Guided Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros) tours start around USD 19.00 per person. See all 70 Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros) tickets and tours on Viator.
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