We will visit the 3 most famous and touristic islands of Lake Titicaca, where they teach us all their customs, textiles, way of life, each visit will be productive because you will learn more about the Uros and their way of building houses on the water and their means of transport based on totora reeds.
Then we will make a tour in the Amantani Island to live with the families of the community in which they will make you part of the way of life they lead daily, they are separated into groups and are assigned to a group of families.
During this tour we will also visit Taquile Island to learn about the living culture that the people have maintained since their ancestors, we will learn about the textile techniques and their communal organization.
Each destination has its own natural and cultural richness, in which fantastic places surround you, incredible landscapes with a living tradition; in addition, it has a living legend in this famous lake, according to this account that Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, founders of the Inca empire, were born.
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The tour starts early in the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel to go to the port of Puno, from there we will go to the floating island of the Uros in the place we will be maximum one hour.
Here we will explore how they built the floating islands, what material they used on the highest navigable lake in the world, as well as the importance of the islands.
The totora reed constructions are renewed every two months, to avoid the degradation of the island; likewise, their means of transportation are made by this aquatic plant and fishing is also done in totora reed rafts.
After this short tour in the Uros, we depart to Amantani Island, our trip will last approximately 2 hours and a half, during the trip you will appreciate the variety of animals and scenic beauty (Andes mountain range) surrounding Lake Titicaca.
Once we arrive at the Port of Antamani, the villagers give us a nice welcome and each family to which we will be assigned will take care of us, they will give you accommodation, food and accompaniment during your stay. In the afternoon you can hike to the Pachatata mountain, one of its natural attractions, of course in coordination with the guide.
The next day we will share breakfast and then go to Taquile Island, our trip to get there is 1 hour. Taquile has a lot of history and is recognized by Unesco for its textiles practiced since their ancestors (Incas).
Once in the place you will receive a warm welcome, Taquile is characterized by being very collaborative and organized in all aspects, whether in agriculture, textiles and tourism.
Regarding their textiles, which is what is most striking, they have a process in which both the woman and the man go to fulfill functions and this has been respected since Inca times and today they continue with this tradition and way of weaving.
According to their culture, in this town only the men are in charge of weaving the garments, like the hat, chullo (very characteristic garment of Taquile), chumpi and its garments; and the role of the woman in this case is only to do the spinning and dyeing, this is how the two genders for long years continue with their functions.
Even boys as young as seven years old already weave garments such as chullos; it is said that if you are a boy and you don't weave then you are not considered a boy, so all the local men are dedicated to weaving, agriculture and more.
After learning about them, we will taste a delicious lunch typical of the place and you can voluntarily collaborate by buying some of their handicrafts, since for this community this is a form of sustenance and will continue to prevail for many years to come.
After the tour in Taquile, we will return to the city of Puno.
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