Uros Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca Tour

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Lake Titicaca (Uros)
  • Lake Titicaca (Uros)Morning DepartureStart Time: 09:00Available: 9 seats
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Uros Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca Tour Details

Welcome to the Uros Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca! We will explore these unique islands, located about 30 minutes from Puno, on the Peruvian side of the lake.

As we approach, you will notice the islands shimmering on the lake’s surface. These aren’t ordinary islands. The Uros people make them entirely from Totora reeds.

During our visit, we will see the ingenious utilization of these reeds firsthand. They are the life source of the Uros; they form their homes, their boats, and even the islands they live on.

Our journey will take us to the heart of the Uros islands. We will see the central radio station, a lifeline to the mainland. Don’t be surprised to see solar panels nestled amongst the reeds. The Uros people embrace tradition and innovation, as you will see.

Uros Floating Islands:

The Uros Floating Islands nestles on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Lake Titicaca sits at an altitude of around 3810 meters or 12,500 feet above sea level. It straddles the border of Peru and Bolivia. The tour will also offer breathtaking views of the majestic Andean peaks.

At the end of the day, we will leave with a better understanding of the Uros people’s way of life. We will cherish the memories of visiting the floating islands.

We will also have the opportunity to navigate the lake on reed boats. This will provide us with a closer look at how these islands float. The tour will give you an in-depth experience of the unique Uros lifestyle on the Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca.

Prepare for a voyage of discovery and marvel at one of the most unique places in Peru. It’s a journey that will make you appreciate the brilliant ingenuity of the Uros people. You will also get a peek at the stark beauty of their surroundings.

Get ready to thrill at the sight of the Uros Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca!

Departure & Return Location

Puno Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0900 AM | 12:00 Noon | 03:00 PM

Price Includes

  • Round-trip transportation from your hotel in Puno to the dock.
  • A guided boat tour to the Uros Floating Islands.
  • English speaking Tour Guide
  • Entrance fees to the Uros Floating Islands.
  • An informative session about the construction and maintenance of the floating islands by the local community.
  • Traditional demonstration of reed boat construction.
  • Opportunity to purchase handmade souvenirs from the Uros people.

Price Excludes

  • Meals
  • Optional activities such as rides on traditional totora reed boats.
  • Gratuities or tips for the guide and boat crew.
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs, additional drinks, or snacks.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any additional costs outside of those explicitly mentioned in the tour package.

Recommended To Carry

  • Comfortable clothing: Layer your clothing to adjust to temperature changes.
  • Warm jacket or sweater: Evenings can get chilly, even in the summer.
  • Hat and sunglasses: Protect yourself from the sun during the day.
  • Sunscreen: The sun's rays are much stronger at high altitudes.
  • Comfortable walking shoes: You'll be doing a lot of walking, so comfortable footwear is a must.
  • Water: Stay hydrated, especially at high altitudes.
  • Snacks: While meals might be provided, it's always good to have some snacks handy.
  • Camera: There are plenty of photo opportunities.
  • Cash: For purchasing souvenirs, snacks, or optional activities.
  • Personal Medications: If applicable.
What to expect on your Uros Floating Islands tour?

The Uros Floating Islands tour promises to be a unique adventure. We will start our tour journeying to the reed islands on the expansive Lake Titicaca. As the islands come into view, you will see that they are unlike anything you have ever seen before. 

They are floating masses, handcrafted from totora reeds by the Uros people. You will get a first-hand experience of the craftsmanship that goes into maintaining these floating islands.

Our exploration won’t stop at simply looking. We will step onto the reed islands themselves. The soft reeds underfoot will serve as a constant reminder of the unique nature of this place. 

We will meet the Uros people, interact with them, and learn about their way of life. We will see the ingenious ways they use the totora reeds, from building their homes to crafting their boats. This tour of the Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca will not only be an exploration of a unique location. It is also a deep dive into a unique culture.

Uros Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca Half-Day Tour Overview:

  • We will begin with a quick 30-minute boat ride to the Uros Floating Islands. It nestles on Lake Titicaca. It is the highest navigable lake in the world at around 3810 meters or 12,500 feet above sea level.
  • On arrival, you'll marvel at the engineering marvels that are the Uros Islands. The native Uros people completely construct these from totora reeds.
  • We will walk on the reed islands, experiencing the unique sensation of the soft and buoyant surface underneath our feet.
  • We will have an opportunity to meet and interact with the Uros people. Here, you can learn firsthand about their traditional lifestyle and their culture. You will also get an insight into the ingenious ways they utilize totora reeds in their daily lives.
  • You will get the chance to ride on a reed boat, a traditional mode of transport for the Uros. It offers a unique perspective of the islands and the vast Lake Titicaca.
  • The tour concludes with a peaceful return boat ride. You can reflect on the extraordinary way of life on the Uros Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca.
Uros Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca Tour Itinerary

Uros Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca Tour

Our Half Day Uros Floating Islands Tour from Puno will commence as we collect you from your hotel in Puno. From there, we will transport you to the boat pier, marking the start of your adventure. Next, we will set off on our motorized boat, bound for the Uros Floating Islands. It is only 25 minutes away from Puno.

As we approach the islands, local residents will greet us warmly. Once we dock, our local expert will lead us on an enlightening tour of the island. You will hear the captivating stories of how these unique islands came to be. 

Following this, the head of the island will show you how they construct these floating structures. They will be providing a memorable hands-on experience. Then, a local resident will invite you to visit their home. If you wish, don traditional attire for a memorable photo opportunity.

Once you’ve explored to your heart’s content, you will have the choice to embark on a traditional reed boat ride. Please remember, this is an additional cost, not covered in the initial tour fee. Should you opt for this unique journey, locals will guide you to the main island. If you decide against it, our motorized boat will carry you to the principal floating island of Uros.

On the main island, you will find some free time to roam and discover the site. Perhaps, you can even grab a bite to eat at the local restaurant. Finally, as our visit to the Uros Floating Islands concludes, we will board our motorboat for the return journey to Puno. 

Upon reaching the pier, our representative will meet you. We will arrange your transfer back to your hotel in the heart of Puno.

Tour Statistics:

  • Distance Covered: This tour covers a total round trip of about 15 kilometers or approximately 9.3 miles.
  • Highest Altitude: Lake Titicaca’s surface is the highest point of the tour. It is at about 3810 meters or 12,500 feet above sea level.
  • Lowest Altitude: The surface of the lake, at the same 3810 meters or 12,500 feet, is also the lowest point.
  • Level of Difficulty: With most activities being low impact, this tour is generally of easy difficulty.
  • Duration: Approximately 4 hours

What is the duration of the Uros Floating Islands half-day tour?

The Uros Floating Islands half-day tour typically lasts around 3-4 hours, perfect for a brief but immersive experience.

When does the tour start?

Our half-day tours to Uros Floating Islands start in the morning at 0900, we also have a noon departure and one at 0300 PM.

What is included in the tour?

It includes transportation, an English-speaking guide, and entrance fees.

Do I need any specific gear for the tour?

While no specific gear is usually required, it’s advisable to bring sunscreen, hats, water, and comfortable walking shoes. It can also get chilly on the lake, so a windbreaker or light jacket could be beneficial.

Can I buy crafts directly from the Uros people?

Yes, the Uros people offer handmade crafts for purchase. It’s a great opportunity to support their community and bring home a unique souvenir.

Are there any age restrictions for the tour?

Generally, the Uros Floating Islands tour is suitable for all ages. However, it’s always best to confirm with your tour provider, especially if you’re traveling with small children or have any specific health concerns.

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Group Traveller

A breathtaking journey on Lake Titicaca. The Uros Floating Islands tour by Planet Odysseys is the perfect blend of cultural immersion and natural beauty. Can’t recommend it enough.

June 12, 2023

Jean Pierre

Group Traveller

Truly mesmerizing! Planet Odysseys showcased the rich history and vibrant culture of the Uros community. This Lake Titicaca tour is a must for anyone wanting to understand the heart of Andean traditions.

May 7, 2023


Family Traveller

Stepping onto the Uros Floating Islands with Planet Odysseys was like entering another world. The craftsmanship of the islands, the warmth of the locals, and the pristine waters of Lake Titicaca made it an experience I’ll cherish forever.

March 19, 2023