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Perched at a breathtaking 3,800 meters (12,400 ft.) above sea level, Puno and the surrounding countryside are the cradle of the Aymara civilization and the legendary birthplace of the founders of the Inca empire. Puno lies on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, from whose waters the Inca believed Manco Capac, their cultural founder, emerged. Many ethnic groups like the Uros, still depend on the resources of the lake for their living.

The Uros themselves dwell on the floating islands they build with the lake’s reed vegetation. Near Puno, overlooking Lake Umayo, are chullpas, or burial towers called Sillustani, that once served as the tombs of high-ranking Aymara Lords. Three and a half hours from Puno by boat lies the Island of Taquile, where life has remained unchanged for centuries and weavers still craft traditional textiles. North of Taquile is the Island of Amantani, famed for its woven straw baskets. An overnight stay on one of these islands is an unforgettable experience and highly recommended. Surrounding the lake, dozens of colonial settlements and their ornate churches bear witness to the lake’s importance during colonial times.

Puno is famed as the folklore capital of Peru. Be sure to take in at least one of the innumerable folk festivals that punctuate Puno’s festival calendar. The Virgen de la Candelaria, held in February, is a three-day spectacle rich in traditional folklore.

Price per Person Twin Rooms Single Rooms
Land Only From: $ 000.00 From:$ 000.00
 Day 01 / Puno

Upon arrival reception, assistance and transfer to the hotel.

 Day 02 / Uros – Sillustani

Morning excursion on Lake Titicaca to the remarkable floating reed islands – built on layers of totora reeds – home to the Uros indians, who still live as their ancestors did a thousand years ago. In the afternoon, visit the “Chullpas” of Sillustani, the burial towers made of stone, 28 kms. (17 miles) from Puno. (B)

 Day 03
Departure transfer (B)