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TAQUILE LODGE, TAQUILE ISLAND – LAKE TITICACA

02DAYS TAQUILE ISLAND + UROS

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PRIVATE / SHARED SERVICES

DESCRIPTION OF ITINERARY:
DIA 01: PUNO – UROS ISLAND – TAQUILE: A driver and guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you until main port. A boat ride of 25 minutes to the Island of Uros. Fishermen and hunters inhabit the floating islands of Uros. The residents of the Uros use the totora reed (aquatic plant) that grows in the lake, to create life conditions and ensure that the islands stay afloat. The dense roots that generate these plants support the island. The Uros use the totora reed to build their islands, houses, for cooking, eating, and to sale in the city of Puno, besides to barter (exchange) with products such as quinoa, potatoes, barley and wool. This culture appeared over 3000 years ago and the people have spoken as a language Uro puquina, the last person who still spoke the Uru Puquina language died in 1951, now a day the population speak Aimara Language. On Uros live more than 2000 people, divided into 80 artificial islands built with totora reeds, where reed boats (balsa) are the unique method of transportation which is also used for fishing. Then a trip to Taquile Island located 37 km away from Puno, (02:30 hours by regular boat) (01:45 hours by semifast boat) and (01:00 hour by speedboat). Upon arrival to Taquile Island the families will wait you and escort for your home stay as a warm welcome. You will find that your room has been built with local materials and traditional decoration. Then a traditional lunch prepared with local products. In the afternoon your host family will explain you about their textiles, famous for its craft production (declared cultural heritage of humanity). Taquile Island was a prison during the colonial period, currently live 2000 people approximately, where people wear a special hat for example regarding to single, married or authorities. In the afternoon observe the magnificent sunset on the Titicaca, the highest and navigable lake in the world. At night dinner together with our host family. Overnight in Taquile.
DAY 02: TAQUILE ISLAND – PUNO: Breakfast included at guest house. Afterwards we will explore the non-tourist areas, hiking to the top of the Island (4130m) from where you will admire the immensity of Lake Titicaca and visit the pre Inca temples (Molusina), with more than 3000 years old built by Pucara and Tiawanaco cultures, for its architectural features of the temple this remains a place sacred for the locals, who still practice their most important religious and cultural rituals of the Andean traditions, in honor to the Mother earth (Pachamama) in January every year. Also you will appreciate the traditional farming techniques and their customs, the pre Inca temples, tombs, agriculture terraces and its landscapes. Taquile is about 1.5 km wide and 5.7 km length, where there is a kindergarten, primary and secondary schools and a medical center. Lunch on Taquile Island. Then walking downhill, this visit can be tired, because its 565 steps to walk down to the main port, but worth it. Then a return trip to Puno. Transfer to your hotel.

02DAYS TAQUILE HOMESTAY
ECONOMIC SERVICE STANDARD SERVICE
02 persons US$173.00 Inclusions: Shared fast boat, english-spanish speaking guide, superior room, all meals, mineral water, bonfire, textile demonstration, farming activities and others US$214.00 Inclusions: Private regular boat, private guide, superior room, all meals & dessert, fruits, mineral water & wine, portable cooler, bonfire, textile demonstration, farming activities and others
03 persons US$145.00 US$159.00
04 persons US$130.00 US$132.00
05 persons US$130.00 US$127.00
06 up On request On request

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02DAYS TAQUILE HOMESTAY
ECONOMIC SERVICE STANDARD SERVICE
02 persons US$223.00 Inclusions: Private semifast boat, private guide, superior room, all meals & dessert, fruits, mineral water & wine, portable cooler, bonfire, textile demonstration, farming activities and others US$405.00 Inclusions: Private speed luxury boat, private guide, superior room, all meals & dessert, fruits, mineral water & wine, portable cooler, bonfire, textile demonstration, farming activities and others
03 persons US$165.00 US$286.00
04 persons US$136.00 US$227.00
05 persons US$130.00 US$200.00
06 up On request On request

WHAT IS INCLUDED: The tour INCLUDES round trip transport from hotel/port/hotel, English-Spanish speaking guide 02Days, entrance fees Uros Island US$3, entrance fees Taquile Island US$3, lunch on Taquile Island US$5, all meals, accommodation & activities US$45, regular motor boat for 02Days. Besides pre-trip information + organization and all local taxes. There are no hidden extras in our prices. Our regular motor boat has 25 comfortable seats, velocity 8 knots + night navigation lights + oxygen & first aid kit + life jackets + toilet + panoramic windows, reclining seats. For budget travellers we recommend to travel by shared regular boat but with private tour guide.
NOT INCLUDED: For group tours / shared services transfer to port from hotels with Lake view as Hotel Sonesta Posada, Casa Andina Private Collection, Eco Inn, Libertador and Jose Antonio, nor tips.

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MOTOR BOAT DESCRIPTION (ACUATIC TRANSPORTATION):

Be aware with low rates and types of motor boats that some travel companies from Puno offer tours to Lake Titicaca by semifast boat instead by speed boat. Our company is working hard to control this situation and avoid the low rates & the ilegal tour operators, because on Lake Titicaca there are only 3 types of motor boats. We at Rumbo Explora operate with genuine motor boats, tourist transportation & tour guides with legal permits, that is why our prices are very competitive, still providing an excellent service, even paying good rates to our supliers. Rumbo Explora pay to government local tax 18% + 30% on the profits, contributing to peruvian economy, providing work to the local guides, drivers, motor boat drivers and office staff.

Regular Motor Boat: Velocity 08 knots/hour or 15 km/hour, lenght: 11 meters, beam: 2.80 meters, 02hrs + 30 minutes One Way navegation to Taquile Island + oxygen & first aid kit + life jackets + basic toilet on board + panoramic windows.
Fast Boat: Velocity 13knots/hours or 25km/h, lenght: 11 meters, beam: 2.80 meters, 01hrs + 30 minutes One Way navegation to Taquile Island + oxygen & first aid kit + life jackets + basic toilet on board + panoramic windows. (Semifast boat 11knots/h = 21km/h, 01hour + 45 minutes of navegation)
Speed Boat: Velocity 24knots/hour or 42km/hour, 50minutes to 01hour One Way navegation to Taquile Island, lenght: 14 meters, beam: 3.80 meters, our speed boats have 20 & 40 comfortable seats, velocity of 24 knots + GPS + radio communication + compass + oxygen & first aid kit + life jackets + basic toilet on board + panoramic windows + cooler.

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