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This pre-trip extension whisks you away to El Lago Titicaca, South America’s largest body of freshwater. Situated high on the Andean plateau between Peru and Bolivia, this lake will literally take your breath away. Discover the Peruvian waterside town of Puno, where various cultures have left their mark.
Here, it’s as if time is at a stand-still. Just as they did hundreds of years ago, the Uros people maintain their crops by hand and live in man-made floating islands. Witness the ancient traditions of this indigenous people amidst remarkable scenery. We’ll visit markets, explore archaeological sites, and float around the famous isles. You may even get to see llamas as you journey through this incomparable slice of Peru.
Fly to Lima
Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Peru, arriving on Day 2.
Fly from Lima to Juliaca, transfer to Puno for Welcome Dinner
After arriving in Lima, you’ll board a connecting flight to Juliaca, Peru. From there, a bus will transfer you to Puno, along the shores of Lake Titicaca. Check into the hotel and use the rest of the day to adjust to the high altitude, at 12,500 feet! Enjoy a Welcome Briefing in the afternoon, with acclimation tips and a Welcome Dinner to follow.
The Uros people of Lake Titicaca, floating islands exploration
Today’s excursion will introduce you to the Uros people, an ancient tribe who live on man-made islands in the middle of Lake Titicaca.
Board traditional reed boats for a sail around Lake Titicaca and its islands. You’ll learn about the Uros tribe and how — after the Incan civilization enclosed on their lands — its people made their homes on these islands. You’ll also learn how the islands were ingeniously built from dried, woven totora reeds. Lunch is included on the excursion.
Back at the hotel this afternoon, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, with dinner on your own.
Sillustani ancient funerary towers, a home-hosted visit
After breakfast, join an excursion to the Sillustani funerary towers, a pre-Incan cemetery on Lake Umayo. The aboveground tombs are the work of the ancient Qolla people, whom the Inca conquered in the 15th century. Bring your camera to capture these bizarre landscapes and spectacular vistas of the surrounding lake.
Next, we’ll stop in the small town of Hatun Qolla. Here, we’ll be welcomed into locals’ homes to learn about their lifestyle and agricultural techniques. Along the way, you’ll meet some adorable llamas and alpacas. Just don’t get too close, as they do spit!
Depart for Lima
This morning, we’ll say goodbye to Puno with a transfer back to Juliaca. After an early flight to Lima, we’ll join day 2 of the base tour.