Access to the region is gained by a scenic 9-hour train ride across the Andean altiplano from Cusco, as well as by plane. We can custom build a tour of 3-12 days of Lake Titicaca in Peru and/or Bolivia from the following excursions, offered on a daily basis.
Tours in Puno, Peru:
Puno City Tour (half day): Early colonial churches and architecture characterize this colorful Andean city. You will be introduced to the mix of modern and traditional culture in this vibrant region. An impressive panorama of the entire city and surrounding landscape can be viewed from the heights of Manco Capac overlook.
Sillustani and Lake Umayo (1 day): The Sillustani ruins are located on a small hilltop overlooking Lake Umayo. Most impressive are the funerary towers which date from the Inca occupation of the 15th century and also burial towers of the Colla culture which feature engineering even more complex than Inca. Lake Umayo features a wildlife reserve, where you can see wild Vicuna, Alpaca, Giant Andean Coot, Puna Teal, Silvery Grebe, and much more.
Uros Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca (1 day): These man-made islands are constructed from Titicaca’s totora reeds. The reeds are a source for much of the island people as they also construct their homes, make their boats and eat them as well. The communities exist little changed from the time of the Inca. The people live simply, worship the god of the water, and speak in the original Quechua language.
Taquile and Amantani Islands, Lake Titicaca (2 days): The most beautiful islands in Lake Titicaca, with terraced red earth set against a backdrop of Titicaca’s deep blue and snow-capped peaks. The islands feature colorful traditional communities and ruins. The inhabitants maintain their colorful traditional dress, agricultural practices, religion, and language. Taquile is graced by seven splendid stone arches, each carved with totems. The evening is spent with a family in their residence on Amantani.
Aymara Native Markets (1 day, only on Sundays): The native markets at Acora and Ilave feature foods, artisans, and the colorful clothes and textiles of the Aymara people. Hundreds of different potato species and unusual fruits and vegetables can be found, as well as medicinal plants. Market day is an important day, so the native people are in their most colorful traditional dress. Folk music and traditional dances are also featured. >From Puno, Peru to La Paz, Bolivia requires a day of travel, 3 hours to Copacabana (gateway to the Island of the Sun) and 4 more hours to La Paz.
Tours in Bolivia, Peru:
La Paz City Tour (half day): Museums of Jaen Street, artisan markets, witches market.
Chacaltaya Moon Valley (1 day): Unusual geologic formations and Inca ruins, including a temple and nunnery
Tiawanaco (1 day): Ruins from a pre-Inca culture (700-1200 AD). The most outstanding sites are the Akapana pyramid and the Kalasasaya ritual platform.
Sun Island in Lake Titicaca (2 days): The legendary birthplace of the Inca. Ruins include the sacred rocks of Manco Capac and Mama Huaca, Pilko Caima, and the Sun Gate. Many scenic walks through traditional villages.