A great option for a traveler interested in a more active trip to Lake Titicaca, a geographic landmark at the crossroads of the Andes and the Andean plateau. Unique opportunity for a traveler interested in kayaking on the world's highest navigable and South America's largest lake. Travelers enjoy interacting with the local community whose roots date back to ancient cultures that settled in this area. Their hospitality opens a door to share with their families and allows us the homestay opportunity.
A luxury-class bus takes us from Cusco to the shores of Lake Titicaca. Along the way, enjoy optional visits to the "Sistine Chapel" of Peru and a pre-Incan site, as well as a huge lunch featuring traditional Peruvian cusine.
Arrive at mystical Lake Titicaca in the early afternoon. Legend has it that the first Inca rose out of its azure waters. Transfer to your hotel and explore on your own this afternoon.
Day 2: Kayaking on Lake Titicaca - Ticonata Island
Depart this morning with your guide to the peninsula of Capachica to Llachon, a small community of Aymara farmers where visitors are always welcome. We’ll practice our kayaking skills before launching from the sandy beach. There is no better way to appreciate the mysticism of the area than with a silent two hour kayak trip over the crystal waters of this sacred lake. We continue to Ticonata Island, our home for the evening, where we stay at the quiet and remote EcoVillage, a center of replicas of the pre-Inca homes that existed in this area. This hidden corner of Lake Titicaca provides the chance to experience the tranquility of nature and Andean culture. Visit ancient ritual sites and experience a traditional dinner and dances. Your guide will help translate the stories about the daily life of the few who live here, and the traditions of this island on Lake Titicaca. This day will engage your adventurous spirit!
We continue by sailboat for a two-hour cruise to Amantani Island, a quiet island known for its hilltop ruins that honor Pachamama and Pachatata (Mother and Father Earth). Here we meet our host families whose generosity is apparent with their open arms (and open doors to their homes) and smiles. Explore this island with your guide and then settle in to share a short day in the lives of the Aymara. Enjoy a breath-taking sunset over Lake Titicaca.
After breakfast and bidding farewell to your host family, return to Puno by motor boat, with a stop at the floating islands of the Uros People. Peru's floating islands are built using the buoyant totora reeds that grow along Lake Titicaca, and these reeds are interwoven to make homes, boats, and crafts. A ride in a traditional reed boat can be arranged with a local fisherman. Return to Puno, afternoon is free to explore on your own.
This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.