US$ 150 per person
Paddle to Uros + Taquile Homestay is a unique combination of adventure and cultural experience.
You’ll kayak to Uros islands, and then navigate to Taquile for a local homestay by speed boat. Next day paddle from Uros to Puno again.
More Things to Do in Puno: Lake Titicaca Boat Tours
While other Puno tour operators offer just one way kayaking to Uros and overnight in Amantani Island, here at Uros Kayak Company you’ll get a round-trip paddling from Puno to Uros and the next day you return by kayak from Uros to Puno after an overnight in Taquile Island.
Paddle to Uros and Taquile Homestay Features
Tour Duration: 2 days
Activity level: Easy/Moderate
Distance Paddling: 6 km round-trip (Puno, Uros, Puno)
Hotel Pick-Up Time: 7:00 am (first day)
Drop Off at Hotels: 4.30 pm (second day)
Kayak Frequency: Daily
Season: Available all year
Kayak to Uros + Taquile Overnight Tour Schedules of Arrivals and Departures
Day 1: Puno to Uros to Taquile Island
7:00 am driver picks you up from your hotel in Puno city.
7:15 am arrival to kayak launch point where your guide is with the kayaks.
7:30 am kayaking toward Uros islands through bed reeds.
8:30 am on the way your guide explains about Uros life, history, etc.
9:00 am local boat transfer to join Taquile Speed boat.
9:15 am speed boat leaves Uros Islands for Taquile.
11:00 am arrival time to Huayllano port in Taquile Island and 5 min hiking up to their house for lunch
12:00 pm lunch time at La Posada del Sol or with the group.
2:30 pm hiking to Mulsina Temple (Taquile’s highest point)
6:00 pm arrival to house and dinner
7:00 pm explanation about their very fine art textile and overnight
Day 2: Taquile Island to Uros to Puno
7:30 am breakfast and free morning to explore the Southern sandy beach
12:00 pm lunch with the group boat tour people at another restaurant
1:30 pm later you walk down and take the boat to return to Puno.
3:20 pm arrival to Uros islands, then boat transfer to where the kayaks where left.
3:35 pm kayak departure from Uros to Puno shore through the same way.
4:35 pm arrival to kayak dock besides Isla Esteves road and transfer to your hotel
What you’ll do (detailed program)
Day 1: Puno to Taquile Island
Kayaking to Uros islands
It starts at 7:00 am with the pick-up from your Puno hotel toward the local kayak dock, which is located 15 min driving outside of downtown (only the driver will come for you at your hotel).
If you are a non-experienced kayaker, you’re going to begin with the kayak lessons and learn elemental things to be prepared for kayaking.
You then get in a Perception or Prijon brand kayak and paddle toward Uros man-made floating Islands of Uros people.
Paddle to Uros + Taquile Homestay drives you through unique Uros landscapes.
After a non-rushed kayak paddling to Uros, we finally arrive on Uros floating Island, large and perfect for disembarking
Your guide delivers information about the origin of the Uros people, how these ancient inhabitants live today and also about the island building process.
Fast Boat to Taquile Island
When it is 9:00 am you are transferred to join Taquile speed boat tour by a small engine boat. It usually takes less than 15 minutes.
For some extra minutes we’ll visit the “capital Uros Island”, actually, it is just a commercial place, but it is a great chance to get a stamp of the Lake for your passport for 1 or 2 soles or buy something to eat.
After 1-hour 20 min boat ride you’ll arrive at Taquile Huayllano port passing through spectacular Titicaca scenery.
Combine bike and kayak adventurers! Go cycling from Huata to Llachon by retro road bike (or Mountain bikes), lunch, hiking/kayaking at sunset, overnight. Next day kayak from Llachon to Taquile, have lunch, your motor boat takes bacl to Uros Islands again, where you’ll paddle from Uros to Puno.
US$ 170 per person
At Taquile port, the group will keep walking up but in our case we’ll stop at Posada del Sol homestay just 5-10 min from arrival port.
Lunch is provided by the family and dish is mainly based on Quinoa soup and grilled trout accompanied with rice and salad as the main course plus Andean mint or Coca tea. If you’re vegetarian, vegetable omelet is available.
Note: at middle day the place could be crowded there would be other people apart of us because the family also provides lunch to visitors/tourists. But after 2 pm the place is empty.
In the afternoon, at 2:30 pm after a well-deserved rest, if you are in a good physical condition, you can trek to Mulsina Temple, located on the highest point of the Island, 1 hour on foot we’re passing through its small plaza and see the beauty of the snow caped mountains across the lake.
Here contemplate the beautiful Lake Titicaca Sunset, of course if it does not rain (from May to October). Marvel how huge is Lake Titicaca. Nature and landscape is incredibly amazing.
At 6pm you’re back again at your home for dinner and then get a brief explanation about their history and traditional textiles.
Overnight at Taquile Island is with basic facilities and private bathroom. There is no electricity; you’ll need to bring your cellphone battery fully charged. Bring extra jacket for the cold or “freezing” night.
Day 2: Taquile to Uros Islands
Next day, after an early breakfast we still have time to explore the beauty of the Island, so we’re visiting the small sandy beach in the Southern Taquile. Or we can be participants in their daily basis as cultivation, harvesting, etc.
Meeting the group Tour and Lunch Time
At 12.00 pm we’ll have lunch in another restaurant together with the people from the speed boat. Set menu is basically the same based on Quinoa soup, grilled Trout with white rice, fried potatoes and salad or egg-vegetable omelet instead Trout and have Coca or Muña teas for drinks.
The boat is waiting in a different location than the previous day. We’ll go down a similar stone paved path to the port.
You’ll enjoy the last panoramic views of the open or grater lake.
The boat returns directly to Puno port throughout Uros islands where we’ll disembark and take a local boat to get the kayaks.
Kayaking from Uros to Puno
Approximately at 3:35 pm we’re paddling again from Uros reed floating Island to Puno shore through the same water path. For this last paddle our driver is ready to pick you up and take you back to your selected hotel in Puno city.
Direct fast boat navigation from Taquile to Puno
If taking the direct navigation from Taquile to Puno’s main port by the group boat the estimated arrival time is at 3:50 pm then be transferred and dropped off by your hotel.
What to bring
– Sun protection
– Long sleeve T-shirt
– Fruits or snacks for middle morning (optional).
– Chocolate bar (optional).
– Warm jacket, here weather changes constantly.
– Sleeping bag (really optional).
– Fully charged cellphone batteries.
– Warm jacket for the night.
– Towels and teeth brush.
What’s included (what we provide)
– Private transfer from your Puno hotel to kayak dock.
– Double or single sit-inside kayaks (Perception/Prijon)
– Jacket life, spray skirt, paddles, and hats.
– Private guide for kayak tour.
– Small motor boat transfer from Uros floating Island to Taquile group boat.
– Shared speed boat transportation to Taquile Island (round-trip).
– English-Spanish speaking group speed boat guide.
– All entrance fees to Uros and Taquile Islands.
– Lunch, dinner, breakfast (Next Day) and accommodation in Posada del Sol.
– Lunch in Taquile Island (2° day)
– Final paddle from Uros to Puno (by kayaks)
– Drop off by hotels upon arrival from the islands.
What else you should know
Remember that it is a physical activity so be prepared to paddle 6 km through the most beautiful spots of Lake Titicaca and National Reserve (Puno sector), as well as wearing comfortable clothes that you might wet.
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