Lake Titicaca – Southern Peru Extension
- Explore the cultural and scenic wonders of the world's highest navigable lake.
- Visit the floating islands of the Uros built entirely from native tortora reeds.
- Enjoy the serenity of Lake Titicaca during a 2-night eco-lodge stay on Suasi Island.
Sitting high in the Andes at an elevation of 12,507', spectacular Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable lake on Earth. Today, a visit to Lake Titicaca offers an opportunity to interact with some of the indigenous peoples who have inhabited these shores for centuries, while reveling in the fantastic scenery of water, mountain and sky.
From Puno we set out by boat to tour Titicaca's fascinating cultural sites including the amazing floating islands of Uros, constructed entirely out of tortora reeds, and Taquile Island, renowned for fine hand-woven textiles.
Next, a delightful two-night eco-lodge stay on private Suasi Island gets us away from Puno's hustle and bustle. We walk the island's nature trails enjoying local plant and birdlife, participate in traditional cultural ceremonies, and embark on a canoe exploration offering unforgettable vistas of the lake itself.
This exciting tour combines with any of our Machu Picchu Explorer or Inca Trail trek itineraries—the perfect chance to add another iconic destination to your Peruvian adventure.
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.
Lake Titicaca – Southern Peru Extension Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive at our Puno hotel on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Day 2 Discover the amazing floating islands of the Uros. Arrive Suasi Island.
Day 3 From our tranquil eco-lodge, hike or canoe around Suasi.
Day 4 Enjoy fantastic final views of Titicaca before returning to shore.
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
This extension can be reserved for single travelers. If you are traveling alone, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted on the trip itinerary.
Accommodations for 3 nights; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; local English-speaking guides; all boat excursions on Lake Titicaca as noted in itinerary; group transfer from/to Juliaca airport on Day 1 and Day 4.
Airfare to/from Juliaca, Peru; 1 lunch and 1 dinner; alcoholic beverages or soft drinks; guide gratuities; laundry fees; airport taxes; excess baggage charges or insurance of any kind.
This trip is rated as Easy Active . Although the opportunities for physical exertion on this itinerary are optional, the entire trip takes place at elevations above 12,000' which can lead to increased levels of fatigue and other symptoms associated with traveling at moderately high altitude.
The climate in the Puno region is an alpine climate with average daytime temperatures in the 60s and nighttime temperatures dropping into the 30s (evenings can occasionally get even colder during the winter months of May-September). Please bear in mind that, while the winter months can offer colder temperatures, they are typically the driest time of year with monthly rainfall totals generally averaging less than an inch (monthly rainfall averages 2-4 inches during the summer months of October-April). Please review the provided Gear List, specifically prepared for this itinerary, and arrive equipped with appropriate gear and clothing that will keep you comfortable in the conditions described above.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
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Lake Titicaca – Southern Peru Extension
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary.
- Valid passport
- Airline tickets
- Duffel bag (wheels and retractable handle are fine) sturdy and large enough to hold clothing and gear
- Passport security pouch or belt
- Daypack to carry raingear, camera, water and snacks
- Luggage tags and luggage locks
- Lightweight, easily washable items for evening wear or when traveling
- Rain jacket (or poncho) - waterproof and breathable
- Rain pants - waterproof and breathable.
- Midtweight fleece or wool sweater
- Midweight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool
- Long-sleeve shirt(s) for sun / insect protection
- Hiking shorts - synthetic, quick-dry
- Hiking pants - synthetic, quick-dry
- Hiking socks and liners
- Swimsuit (optional for those who may want to swim in the cold lake)
- Sun hat
- Wool or fleece hat
- Wool or fleece gloves
- Walking shoes or lightweight hiking boots, well broken-in
- Water bottles (1-quart size) or hydration pack
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Sunblock and lip balm
- Insect repellent
- Personal first-aid kit
- Toiletry kit
- Hand sanitizer gel
- Watch with alarm or travel alarm
- Camera, extra memory and batteries
- Reading and writing materials
- Ziploc bags for easy storage
- Favorite energy snacks and drink mixes
- Personal medication
Things to Consider
- Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, hiking boots, a pair of shorts/shirt/fleece top/sandals and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
- Bring clothing that is lightweight and protects you from the sun. It is always good to have a lightweight, long-sleeve jacket, especially for the evenings.
- Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
- Make sure shoes are broken-in. Bring moleskin for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
- Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
- Plastic bags are great for keeping clothing and gear dry. Use Ziploc bags to keep wet clothes separate from dry clothes.
- If you wear prescription glasses, use a safety cord and bring an extra pair if possible. Contact lens wearers should also bring an extra set, or bring eyeglasses for a backup.
- Space for luggage is limited. Pack light, fitting all clothing into one duffel bag. During the day, plan on carrying a small daypack with sunscreen, raingear, water bottle/hydration system and camera.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.