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Titilaka Andean Experience

Titilaka Andean Experience

Peru

4 days

Summary

The award-winning Titilaka is an Experience Lodge located on a private peninsula on the shores of Lake Titicaca, providing sophisticated travellers a luxurious refuge to explore the treasured natural, cultural and historical resources of this remote mystical region. The excursions and activities highlight the richness of the Puno region, the famous Uros floating islands and authentic Taquile 1/2-day excursions offer an insight into the daily lives of inhabitants of this culturally diverse region. Various activities around the hotel, such as rowing through the reeds by the edge of the Titicaca natural reserve, highlight the splendour of Puno’s nature and habitats. For those interested in the history of the region, we would recommend visiting Chullpas of Sillustani or reliving the colonial history in the “pink” city of Altiplano: Lampa.

Highlights

  • Stay in this modern all inclusive 18 room lodge on a remote private peninsula on the shores of Lake Titicaca
  • South America’s largest lakes and the world’s highest navigable body of water.
  • Excursion to Taquile Island and experience meeting the locals
  • Excursion to the Uros floating islands

Inclusions

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Full board: buffet breakfast, a la carte lunch and dinner with wine included
  • Cocktails, tea time, room´s mini bar. Excludes premium brand drinks
  • Excursions by lake and land with English speaking guides

ITINERARY

Day 1 Puno

Upon arrival to Juliaca Airport you will be met by our Guest Services Representative and transported to Titilaka lodge. You will pass through Juliaca and the port city of Puno. Upon arrival at the Lodge, check-in, rest, and enjoy the scenery as you acclimatise.

Lunch, based on the region’s local cuisine, is served from 12:30 to 3:00pm. We recommend a siesta and plenty of liquids to help you acclimatise to the altitude. Enjoy Teatime at 3:30 p.m. followed by an afternoon excursion, rowing through the reeds near the lodge, where you can observe interesting endemic birds, striking landscapes of a unique geography.

Evening cocktails are served from 6.30 p.m. followed by dinner from 7:30 to 9:30pm. Then join other guests and interpreters to share highlands experiences and tales.

Day 2 Puno

Today we begin with a healthy breakfast on the terrace with a variety of fresh fruit, local cereals and prepare for the excursion to Taquile Island on a 45-minute boat ride across the lake. Taquile is considered the most interesting island on the area because of its pristine way of life, unique history and amazing crafts. The Taquile people are of Quechua origin, as opposed to the majority of region’s locals who are of Aymara origin. As part of the Inca Empire, the island has archaeological remains located on the peak of its mountain. From the island, you can view the impressive snow-capped Cordillera Real in Bolivia. The island enjoys a favourable micro climate for agriculture, producing crops that don’t normally grow at these altitudes. As you walk around the island, you will see meet men knitting outdoors, creating some of the finest handicrafts in Peru.

We will return to the hotel for lunch and siesta. After tea, choose from one of the excursions near the hotel. A brisk walk past the hotel’s peninsula and along the lake’s shores is one of the more scenic and pleasant activities available. The lake’s impressive size, diverse nature and pristine sights have long kept visitors to Titicaca in awe. Pass sandy beaches, thick reeds and lush marshes to reach a local community or countryside. Here you will be able to see their agrarian and fishing lifestyle as it is inherent in their customs and traditions.

Day 3 Puno

After rising at the hour that suits you, enjoy breakfast in bed if you wish or wake at dawn to a magnificent sunrise. In the morning we will take you by car and boat to visit the legendary islands of Uros and meet one of traditional families that live there. The Uros Floating Islands are located near the protected National Reserve of Titicaca. The people of Uros are a proud culture who due to persecution by other groups found refuge by living on man-made islands many years ago. They call themselves kot-suña or people of the lake who claim to have “black blood,” as they are immune to the cold and consider themselves to be owners of the lake and its waters. Learn about their history, uses for totora reeds and customs after exploring one of these impressive islands. The site is a must for travellers to the area; thus expect to see many other visitors. We will return to the hotel for lunch and a siesta.

After teatime bike around the fields of Plateria. This excursion will become one of your memorable bike rides. The fields of Plateria, the district where Titilaka is located, provide the perfect setting for active exploration. Follow country roads along the grand lake and diverse terrain, where you will observe the local villager’s rural way of life. You will see them washing clothes, herding their animals and tending to their children. These are conditions for a great time outdoors; you set the pace and direction.

Day 4 Puno

After breakfast, prepare for checkout and we will transfer to the airport. On the way, enjoy a guided excursion to Sillustani, a spectacular peninsula facing the Umayo lagoon and home to the area’s best preserved remains. In addition to its unique geography, this site was a burial ground for the Pucara, Tiahuanaco and Ccolla pre-Inca cultures long before the Inca expansion. The tower-like structures known as Chullpas, which symbolised life and birth, are ancient and impressive tombs for chiefs and other dignitaries. Later the site was inhabited by the Incas, who made their own version of these towers. The difference in periods and cultures is seen in the two types of chullpas- the rough, smaller pre-Inca towers, and the smooth, larger ones made by the Incas. The biggest tower took about 50 years to construct and holds rocks weighing anywhere from 2 to 6 tons. This is an impressive site that combines archaeology, history and an amazing landscape.

Farewell takes place at Juliaca airport or train station where you will board your plane or train to your next destination.

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