- 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.
- 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.
Trip Itinerary and Details
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.
Day 1 - Arrive at our Puno hotel on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Our trip begins today in Juliaca, Peru. Arrive in Juliaca and transfer to your hotel in Puno (approx. 1 hour). Upon arrival at the Juliaca airport, you will be met by a private transfer guide who will transport you directly to your hotel on the shore of Lake Titicaca. Depending on your arrival time, you can opt to explore Puno or just relax and enjoy the lakeside views. All meals on your own today.
Day 2 - Discover the amazing floating islands of the Uros. Arrive Suasi Island.
After breakfast this morning, we board our motorboat and set off on our initial exploration of the Lake. Our first stop today will be a visit to the fascinating floating islands of the Uros. Handmade entirely of bundled tortora reeds that are constantly being replenished as older reeds rot away, these islands are home to the Uros, a pre-Incan people who migrated to Titicaca hundreds of years ago to escape conquest by the various civilizations vying to gain control over the fertile region surrounding the lake. During our visit, we learn more about the history of the Uros and the important role the golden tortora reed has played in allowing them to maintain their traditional lifestyle. From the floating Islands, we'll travel further out into the main section of the lake to picturesque Taquile Island. Although inhabitants on many of Titicaca's islands speak the Aymara language, Taquileños speak Quechua as the island was once ruled by the Inca Empire. After falling under the control of the Spanish in the 16th century, island residents were forbidden to wear traditional Andean clothing and forced to wear Spanish peasant clothing, still currently worn by locals today. In addition to their interesting history, Taquileños are known for producing some of the most beautiful textiles and textile art in Peru and we have an opportunity to see some of the textile work on display during our visit. After taking some time to explore Taquile, we return to our waiting boat and continue northeast across the lake to Suasi Island, our home for the next two nights. Suasi is completely uninhabited except for our eco-lodge staff and guests (and resident animal life) and offers the perfect setting from which to fully appreciate the stunning natural beauty and high altitude ecosystem of this immense Andean lake. All meals included.
Day 3 - From our tranquil eco-lodge, hike or canoe around Suasi.
A variety of active and more relaxed options are available to us today. We can spend part of the day hiking on Suasi's lovely nature trails, enjoying lake views and keeping our eyes peeled for some of the highland camelid species and birdlife that make Suasi their home. A non-motorized canoe circumnavigation of the island is also a possibility and allows for photographic opportunities of both Suasi and the surrounding waterscape, with peaks of the Bolivian Andes looming in the distance. For those interested in learning more about the cultural aspects of the region, the lodge's cultural center hosts presentations focusing on the various traditions and beliefs practiced in the local communities. Those craving some relaxation time can opt for a massage (for an additional cost) or a walk to one of the island's beaches to appreciate the surrounding vistas. Before dinner this evening, a 30-minute hike to the top of Itapilluni Hill offers a superb vantage point from which to watch sunset over Lake Titicaca. On clear nights, stargazing is not to be missed as light pollution in this remote part of the lake is virtually non-existent allowing for unparalleled viewing of the brilliant night sky. All meals included.
Day 4 - Enjoy fantastic final views of Titicaca before returning to shore.
We spend a final morning on magical Suasi, perhaps taking a last hike along the trails and relishing the marvelous panoramas before our midday motorboat departure back to shore. As our boat drops us off on the much closer eastern shore of the lake, our crossing time is only ten minutes. Upon reaching the dock, we'll be met by our guide and transferred to the Juliaca airport (approx. 2½ hours) in time for our late afternoon flight. Breakfast and box lunch included.
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.
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 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.
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 Gear List
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.