Day 1-From Cuzco
Early morning you will be met & transferred by Peru Rail ( 11 hours ) or tour bus ( 8 hrs.) from Cuzco to Puno. A long the way you will have stops and guided tours of Pikillaqta, Andahuaylillas, Rachi & Sicuani. Later continue on to Puno with a late a afternoon arrival where you will be met & transferred to the Hotel. The remainder of the evening on your own. Overnight at the Hotel. ( BB )
Early morning departure to Lake titicaca where you will go by boat to the Floting Uros island . Here time will be allowed for mingling, shopping or even to barter for a large selection of local hand made items with the descendants of Uros Indians.
After a short time here you will proceed again by boat to the Island of Amantani where many archaeological sites will be visited with your guide. There are several temples and a Royal throne "Inkatiana" carved of stone on the shore of the lake. You as well will visit the impressive points of either Pacha Tata or Pacha Mama for a magnificent view of Lake Titicaca from the highest point of the island. Later a cultural excursion to visit up to six different villages that exist on the largest island. Here these humble and simple Amara Indians descendants have lived on this some what secluded island from the mainland unchanged in their traditions for hundreds of years. Afterwards you will proceed to a local family home that is your accommodations for the night.
Morning after breakfast and a last visit in the area proceed to the Island of Taquile where you can view pre Inca & Inca archaeological ruins & terracing. The people’s here wear colorful traditional clothes which they make themselves, they speak Quechuan rather than the Aymara language of most Titicaca Indians. They are of stronger character and individuality over the others in the region and rarely marry outside their community of the Taquile people.
The island here has a very tranquil and peaceful setting that makes it more appealing for those wanting to get away from the activities that flourish on the other nearby islands. Culture is important here and normally one can see the local men partaking in what would normally would be considered a woman’s task as they often are seen walking around the island knitting the traditional woollen caps which they wear almost always. The women as well weave the traditional clothes which are considered among the best in Peru. Afterward a few hours here you will depart by boat from Taquille with a late afternoon arrival into Puno. Here you will be met and transferred to the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel. ( CB )
After breakfast in the mid- morning you will be met and transferred to the pre- Inca site of the Chullpas of Sillustani. The Chullpas date from the Inca occupation in the 15th century as well there are burial towers of the Aymara-speaking Colla culture. The engineering involved in their construction is said to be more complex than that of what the Incas built. Prior to the looting by local grave robbers, they housed the remains of these ancient ancestors. Continue to the Julicaca airport for your flight out. ( you as well can depart Puno / Juliaca to Cuzco, Arequipa or La Paz. )
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