Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ESSENTIALS SHOULD I BRING?
It is recommended to bring your sunglasses, sunscreen with high SPF, moisturizing cream, bathing suit (just in case water is cold in the lake!), a hat, warm and comfortable clothes for night and dawn hours, cotton T-shirts during daytime, hand sanitizer and camera.
HOW ALTITUD WILL AFFECT ME?
Often altitude has an immediate effect on travelers. For many people the symptoms are mild and the body adjusts within a few hours. Altitude manifests in shortness of breath (mild to extreme) on even the most minimal action. Our best advice to travelers is to rest as soon as they arrive in Puno, keep warm, eat light and drink lots of fluids. Sweet drinks such as natural herbal tea, coca tea or even coke are good help to gain energy. Sugar and some rest will definitely help our bodies to adjust to altitude. In rare cases altitude sickness symptoms do not get better but intensified. After 2 days with resilient altitude sickness’ symptoms (such us vomiting, dizziness, unbearable headache) then the best action is to continue to another lower destination.
HOW IS THE WEATHER IN LAKE TITICACA?
The weather is mostly sunny all year round during day time. The skies are mostly clear blue and you have to be careful with the intense sunshine during the day. It is highly recommended to use the strongest factor of sun protection. Sun bathing is not a good idea at these latitude and altitude. Be aware that temperature plummets in the evening, at night, and at dawn. We always need to have a warm winter jacket at hand for the time when the sun goes down.
WHAT IS A CULTURAL OR CULTURAL EXCHANGE TOUR?
Our cultural tours have been created to offer our travelers the opportunity to have an authentic look into the lives of indigenous Aymara and Quechua speaking Peruvians who continue thousands of year’s tradition. Most cultural tours include a homestay overnight. A homestay is a unique and special experience if well approached with a good tour guide and a responsible tour operator. Many travelers are discourage to try it because of the dubious reviews we can mostly read about homestays on travel forums but you will be positively surprise by how much appreciation and better understanding of life in these communities will these cultural experiences leave on you.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN SHARED BASIS BOAT OR GROUP TOUR?
A shared basis tour is a group tour where different local tour operators sign up their clients and the large cost of transportation or tour guide is shared by many people so the tour price is lower.
WHAT IS THE MAJOR ATTRACTION OF LAKE TITICACA?
The highest navigable lake in the world at over 3,800 m (12,000 feet) has been a magnetic site since ancient times. Today, many travelers come to experience this vast lake of sky blue water and graced with the snow-capped Andes Mountains.
Besides the interest in the natural beauty of this region, travelers come to our lake to know the living culture of our profound Peru. The lake is home of various indigenous Quechua and Aymara villages who keep their traditional ways in this modern 21st century. Many of the local people we visit understand, respect and want to protect their culture. A visit to these rural and indigenous communities of lake Titicaca is a step back in time.