The Island of Taquile is located 36 Km (22 miles) away from the city of Puno. It takes a 2 and half hour boat ride to arrive in the island’s main dock. The island highest elevation is 4100 m (13451 feet); it has a length of 5 Km (3.10 miles) and a width of 1.5 Km (0.93 miles). To walk across the island takes about two hours.
In our tours in Taquile we follow enjoyable paths that gradually take us to the main village or to other more remote sectors of Taquile. These other paths of access to the main village allow you to catch spectacular views of Lake Titicaca. We avoid climbing up the 535 stairs that take the visitors to the main village but it is unavoidable to walk the stairs down to go back to the main dock.
Since the beginning of the tourism flow to the island, the “Taquileños” have been participating directly in the tourism business. They have become successful entrepreneurs running little hostels, restaurants and boat enterprises in the island. Nowadays, the island remains quiet with no cars, motorcycles or bicycles. There are no roads – just stone pathways carved into the steep hillside.
Taquile is home of a Quechua population of 2,000 people who are mainly farmers, fishermen and above all renowned weavers. A demonstration of traditional Andean weaving is the highlight of this visit. The textiles from Taquile are of extraordinary quality. Textile experts from around the world have recognized that “Taquileño” textiles are not only among the finest in the world but also extremely rich in natural colors and designs of fascinating symbolic culture.
By the age of seven, boys are proficient knitters. In fact, the entire family is involved in knitting or weaving. Children knit “chullos” (hats), gloves and finger puppets of condors and llamas, common animals of the Andes. Women hand-spin the soft fleece of the sheep and alpaca into fine yarn for sweaters and blankets. Men weave wide, colorful belts called “chumpis” on a handloom. Selling these handicrafts to tourists is the major source of income for many families.
In July, villagers observe the Feast of Santiago Apostol with music and dancing. Whether celebrating weddings or religious holidays, there is always a reason to enjoy the folk music and dance that is an important part of island life.
WHY CULTURAL TAQUILE ISLAND?
Since the beginning of the tourism flow to the island, the “Taquileños” have been participating directly in the tourism business. They have become successful entrepreneurs running little hostels, restaurants and boat enterprises in the island. Today, Taquile is the most visited island near Puno and unfortunately also very crowded and busy during daytime. However, Taquile has less visited zones where you can still find homestays (and not hostels). By staying a night in Taquile you can enjoy of nice walks in less touristy sectors accompanied by a host family member.
We have designed this combination using the group tour boats so the price for this visit will be more affordable than renting a private boat.
ROUTE AND ITINERARY
All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control ￼including, weather, road or trail conditions and flight schedules.
Note: This visit starts with the regular one-day Classic Taquile Island group tour itinerary. Then we connect you with a host family and they will accompany you to explore less touristy sectors of the island.
- 6:30: You will be picked up from your hotel to be transferred to the main dock in Puno.
- 7:00: The group embarks on the boat to go to Taquile joining the full day group.
- 8:00: The boat stops by the Uros islands. In the past, the Uro people preferred to remain isolated from other advanced civilizations and used to live in mobile reed boat homes. Only in the early 60, the Uros started to build artificial islands with reeds for their homes. A good interpretation of the Uro culture will help you to understand why these people try to continue living on these islands even though the search for better education and modernity is taking their young people away.
- 11:00: We arrive in Taquile Island and upon the arrival, you will follow a path for about 1 hour and arrive to the main village. On the way the tour guide will explain about traditions and live on the island. Once in the main village you will be given free time to explore the local handicraft market.
- 13:30: Lunch in local restaurant. Quinoa soup, fresh fried fish caught in the lake and vegetables are a typical lunchtime meal in Taquile. When the full day tour group returns to Puno, you will stay in the main plaza and meet the local native guide. You will be able to explore Taquile at your own peace accompanied by a member of the host family.
- During your stay in Taquile you will be able to walk to remote beaches of the island, hike to the the top of Taquile to overlook the snow-capped Andes Mountains surrounded by the deep, blue water of Lake Titicaca and have a closer encounter with the native people and families living off the touristy sector.
- Dinner and lodgment are provided by host family.
- 8:00: After breakfast, you will have time to explore the main village and markets of Taquile while waiting to meet the next full day group (OPTIONAL COORDINATE WITH YOUR HOST FAMILY).
- 12:00: The tour guide coming from Puno will meet you at a given meeting point.
- Lunch in a restaurant near the main plaza.
- 13:00: After lunch you will join the group tour of this day to start the walk back to the main dock in Taquile.
- 14:00: Embark on boat to return to Puno and continue on to the next adventure.
- 17:00: Arrival time in Puno dock and we will be transfer to our hotel in the city.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN SHARED BASIS BOAT OR GROUP TOUR?
A shared basis tour is a group tour. You join a group of travelers who are going to the same destination and share the cost of transportation or tour guide. In this particular visit to Taquile, we offer you to share the boat that goes and comes back daily to/from Taquile. If you are travelling solo, this way of sharing some services makes your trip more affordable. During the first half day of the tour you will have a tour guide. Then, we connect you with a host family and they will accompany you to explore less touristy sectors of the island.
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.
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