Excursions in Puno
Early land transfer to Copacabana Sanctuary, board the Catamaran Cruise Ship sailing to Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire. Visit the Inca Garden, steps and fountain then the Inti Wata Cultural Complex including the Ekako Underground Museum, the traditional medicine and the Titikaka Reed Shipbuilders display centers, the Pachamama agricultural Inca terraces, a handicraft center, the Intica lounge and at the Manco Kapac look out the largest variety of Andean camelids. Also, the Inti Wata Complex at Sun Island includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge Titikaka traditional vessel for a panoramic visit to the Pilkokaina Inca Palace. Catamaran cruise or motor boat, back to Copacabana Sanctuary and land transfer to Puno city.
You will be picked up from your hotel at the agreed time and taken to the chullpas at Sillustani. Sillustani is a peninsula jutting into Lake Umayo and you can visit a necropolis that is one of the largest in the world, with more than 90 "chullpas": huge and primitive stone mausoleums more than 12 metres high, with their tops wider than their bases. Thereafter you will return to your hotel in Puno.
You will be picked up from the port of Puno and head to the floating islands of Uros. The Uros are an ancient culture that inhabits a series of artificial islands built on the basis of reeds growing in the lake itself. These are constructed by weaving reed in the areas where it grows thicker and thus forming a natural layer. On it they build their houses and cook outdoors in order to prevent fires. After a tour of an hour and a half, you will continue your tour to the island of Taquile. This is, unlike the other islands in the lake speaking Aymara, Quechua speaking. It was part of the Inca empire and you can still see remnants of that culture in its constructions. However, the Spaniards also arrived here, and stripped them of their outfits forcing them to wear traditional dresses of peasants. You will receive a brief explanation about the island and will be able to walk along it until lunchtime. After lunch you will go down the "550 steps" to return to the main port and the city of Puno."