Our Lake Titicaca Homestay Tour takes you to live a fantastic Andean experience.
A homestay tour at Lake Titicaca is an enriching and immersive experience that allows travelers to stay with local families on the islands.
Real Destinations, Real experiences
If you are looking for a unique and unforgettable adventure in Peru, you should join our Lake Titicaca Homestay Tour.
This tour will take you to explore the fantastic natural and cultural wonders of the world’s highest navigable lake.
“Uros floating islands; Meet the people who live on the water and learn their secrets”
One of the highlights of visiting Lake Titicaca is the Uros floating islands.
These are man-made islands of totora reeds, a plant that grows in the lake.
When you visit the Uros floating islands, you will have the opportunity to learn about their culture and history.
“Totora Reed Boat Tour; A Floating Adventuere on the Uros Islands”
You will also have the chance to take a ride in a traditional reed boat, and to visit some of the smaller islands that are home to Uros families.
A boat ride around the Uros floating islands is a must-do for anyone visiting Lake Titicaca.
It is a truly unique and unforgettable experience that will give you a glimpse into a fascinating way of life.
“Amantani Island; Stay with a family and feel the warmth of the Andean hospitality”
The Amantani Island, where you will stay with a local family and experience their hospitality, cuisine, and traditions. You will also hike to the top of the island and enjoy the stunning views of the lake and the mountains.
“Lake Titicaca Sunset; The perfect end to a perfect day”
There is nothing like watching the sunset from the top of Amantani Island, a sacred summit, used in ancient time for sacred rituals.
You will see the sky turn into a palette of colors, as the sun dips on the horizon.
You will feel the peace and beauty of nature, and the magic of the Andean landscape.
“Experience the Culture and Fun of the Islanders”
All visitors are invited to join a special Andean party on Amantani Island.
By night you will dance with the islanders, who will dress you in their traditional costumes and teach you their folk dances.
You will also enjoy their music, played with flutes, drums, and charangos.
“Taquile Island: Discover the rich culture and traditions of the islanders and their beautiful crafts”
The Taquile Island, where you will admire the colorful textiles and handicrafts made by the locals, who have preserved their ancestral customs and values. You will also walk along the scenic paths and see the impressive terraces and crops.
Discover the art and secrets of the men weavers of Lake Titicaca
One of the most interesting aspects of visiting Taquile Island is meeting the men who are masters in the art of weaving textiles.
They weave colorful and intricate textiles, such as ponchos, chullos, and chuspas, using natural fibers and dyes.
Their textiles are not only functional, but also artistic and meaningful. They represent their history, culture, and spirituality.
Our Lake Titicaca Homestay Tour is more than just a sightseeing trip.
It’s a chance to immerse yourself in the Andean culture and nature, and to create wonderful memories .
Don’t miss this opportunity and book your tour today!
Full Tour Description
Day 1°: Uros Floating Islands & Homestay on Amantani Island.
07:30 h. Our tour starts at your hotel in Puno, our guide will pick you up from there.
Shortly after that, we take you to the local harbor where we board a small motorboat.
First, we visit “The Uros Floating Islands”, a small community that has lived on reed Islands for decades.
Long ago the Uros tribe conceived on the islands as a way to isolate and protect themselves from rival tribes.
During our visit, we will learn with our local guide about their lifestyle, traditions, and beliefs.
Besides, we also take a short ride on a reed boat.
After strolling around the floating Islands, we continue our boat journey to the “Amantani Island”.
Upon arrival in Amantani, a group of islanders will welcome us at the harbor.
Shortly after that, we join our host family and then are escorted to their house.
Late in the afternoon, we will do a short trek towards the summit of a hill known locally as Pachamama.
Once at the top, you can appreciate the amazing views of Lake Titicaca.
Soon after sunset, we return to our house where our family will be awaiting us for dinner.
In the evening our group will gather at the local saloon where islanders celebrate a party with live music.
Our local families will provide you with traditional clothing to attend this nice party.
Men are given ponchos and wooly hats, the hats are handmade by the families, with unique styles.
Likewise, women get colorful skirts, blouses, and veils.
Overnight at a family house on the Amantani island.
2° Day: Taquile Island – Return to the city of Puno.
Shortly after breakfast, we will leave towards Taquile, a traditional Quechua speaking community,
Once at the harbor of Taquile, we will walk up along a narrow path to the center of the island.
Along the way, we will enjoy stunning views, including the Bolivian mountain range.
As soon as we get to the top, our local guide will explain traditional life on Taquile.
Afterward, we visit a workshop where Taquile islanders elaborate on fine garments, including colorful hats and waistcoats.
Likewise, the iconography on their textiles reflects their way of life, nature, as well as their beliefs.
Among their garments, stands out the Calendar Waistband, which depicts the annual cycles connected to agricultural activities.
Later on, you will have free time to walk around and by noon we meet up for lunch at one local restaurant.
14:00 h. Finally, we will descend to the harbor to take our boat back to Puno.
17:00 h. Upon arrival in Puno, our driver will take you back to your hotel.
End of the tour.
1° – Contact us via e-mail to confirm the availability of the this tour.
2° – Once availability is confirmed, please send us an email with the following information:
3° – Proceed with your payment online through our web.
4° – Finally, receive confirmation via e-mail or WhatsApp.
Pack warm layers, as temperatures can drop during the evenings and early mornings.
Bring breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics for daytime excursions.
Don’t forget a rain jacket or poncho, as weather conditions can be unpredictable.
Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat are essential, as the high altitude increases the intensity of the sun’s rays.
Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots are a must, especially for exploring the islands and participating in various activities.
Bring any necessary medications, as it might be challenging to find specific medications in remote areas.
Staying hydrated is crucial at high altitudes, so carrying a reusable water bottle is both eco-friendly and practical.
Although meals are provided during the homestay, carrying some snacks like energy bars, nuts, or fruits is a good idea for long excursions.
Recommendations and Tips:
Lake Titicaca sits at a high altitude, so allow yourself some time to acclimate to the thinner air before engaging in strenuous activities.
Rest and take it easy during the first day.
Respect Local Customs:
Embrace the unique cultural aspects of the communities you visit.
Respect local customs, traditions, and dress codes, especially when visiting sacred sites.
Learn Basic Spanish:
While some locals may speak English, knowing a few basic Spanish phrases will go a long way in facilitating communication and showing respect for their culture.
Support Local Artisans:
Lake Titicaca is famous for its skilled artisans.
Consider purchasing locally-made crafts and textiles to support the community.
Tour Date Change Policy:
You have the flexibility to change the date of your tour with ease, provided that you make the request at least 7 days in advance.
No charges will be applied for rescheduling within this timeframe.
Should you decide to cancel your tour, please notify us at least 7 days before the scheduled tour date to avoid any significant charges.
In such cases, only an administration fee of 20% will be deducted from your total payment.
Last-minute cancellations are not accepted.
In the event of a no-show, where a customer fails to appear for the tour without prior notice, a 100% cancellation fee will be charged.
Cancellation due to Weather Conditions:
In the event of bad weather conditions that prevent the boat tour from taking place as scheduled, our policy states that we would reimburse 80% of the cost of the tour.
What is a homestay tour, and what can I expect during my stay with a local family?
A homestay tour is an authentic cultural experience where you stay with a local family in their traditional home.
You will get a chance to immerse yourself in their lifestyle, traditions, and cuisine.
Your hosts will provide you with comfortable accommodations and meals.
What is the best time of the year to visit Lake Titicaca?
The best time to visit Lake Titicaca is during the dry season, which typically runs from May to October.
During this period, the weather is generally pleasant with clear skies.
However, please be prepared for cooler temperatures, especially at night, due to the high altitude.
How should I prepare for the high altitude at Lake Titicaca?
High altitude can affect some individuals, so it’s essential to take precautions.
Before your trip, try to spend a day or two in a high-altitude location like Cusco to acclimatize.
Stay hydrated, avoid strenuous activities on your first day, and consult your doctor if you have any health concerns.
What are the bathroom facilities like during the homestay tour?
In most cases, bathroom facilities will be basic, and you may encounter squat toilets or outdoor facilities.
It’s essential to be flexible and open-minded about cultural differences.
What are the dining arrangements during the tour?
You will enjoy traditional meals prepared by your host family, providing an excellent opportunity to sample local dishes.
The cuisine is usually simple but delicious, with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Can I purchase souvenirs during the tour?
Yes, you will have opportunities to buy souvenirs and locally-made crafts during your visit to various communities.
Purchasing from local artisans helps support their livelihoods and preserves their traditional crafts.