Lake Titicaca - Best Tours & Trips 2019

162 trips to Lake Titicaca tours from 44 tour companies. 688 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
South America’s largest lake and the world’s highest navigable body of water, Lake Titicaca is located in the Andes Mountains and occupies parts of two countries: Peru and Bolivia. The lake is rich in both ancient mythology – it’s the reputed birthplace of the Incas and the sun – and present-day attractions, including a group of inhabited artificial floating islands. It’s also a photographer’s dream, with the Andes r ... Read More
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
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Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
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Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
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Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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The Jungle, Machu Picchu, & Lake Titicaca tour
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The Jungle, Machu Picchu, & Lake Titicaca

Kuoda Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 366 / day
$ 4,395
From : $ 5,406
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Experience Private Tour of Ollantaytambo and Pisac
  • Enjoy Private Walking Tour of Cusco’s Historic City Center
  • Visit Lake Titicaca’s islands via private boat
  • Experience Train travel  through the Cloud Forest
  • Visiting Incan Ruins and Indigenous Markets
  • Explore the Ancient City Machu Picchu
Visits:
Amazon Rainforest, Andes Mountains, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Ollantaytambo, Puerto Maldonado, Puno, Sacred Valley, Peru
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Enchanting Peru

SmarTours
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11 days
$ 209 / day
$ 2,299
From : $ 5,697
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Board on rail to see Machu Picchu
  • Visit the world renowned and colorful Indian market in Pisac 
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour around Cuzco
  • Visit lake Titicaca
  • Embark on an unforgettable boat journey to explore the magnificent scenery and fascinating life on and around the lake. 
  • Visit the floating islands of the Uros Indians
  • Enjoy a guided afternoon tour of both colonial and modern Lima
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Visits:
Andes Mountains, Cusco, Inca Trail, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Puno, Sacred Valley, Urubamba, Peru
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Peru Unbound

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 414 / day
$ 3,730
From : $ 5,036
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Peru
  • Visit Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba
  • See the archaeological, astronomical and religious wonders of the Sacred Valley, 
  • Experience a Peruvian Paso horse demonstration during an elegant dinner
  • Kayak to Amantani and Taquile islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Visit the picturesque town of Pisac, an Andean village esteemed for its traditional market
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Urubamba, Peru
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Peru Family Vacation

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 328 / day
$ 2,950
From : $ 4,130
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • visit all of the sacred sites like Machu Picchu, The Sacred Valley
  • Visit Inca Trail, Lake Titicaca and other monuments and ruins important to the Peruvian culture and people. 
  • Explore places truly have a mysterious, yet revered, feel to them. 
  • Our local guides will accompany you every step of the way
  • Also experience delectable local cuisine and stay at fantastic four-star hotels along the way.
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Cusco, Inca Trail, Lima, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru
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12 Day Peru & Machu Picchu

STORY Land & Sea
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12 days
$ 443 / day
$ 5,317
From : $ 6,061
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Lima is a World Heritage Site listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
  • Visit Cusco in the heart of the Peruvian Andies Mountains!
  • The Sacred Valley with a Huilloc mountain village and Ollantaytambo.
  • Visit Qoricancha, also known as the Sun Temple
Visits:
Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Peru
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Peru Package: Discover Peru

16 days
$ 222 / day
$ 3,559
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit Machu Picchu
  • Explore Lima
  • Visit the town of Pisac
  • Explore the Amazon jungle
Visits:
Arequipa, Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Puno, Sacred Valley, Peru
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Peru
Private Guided
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Peru

14 days
$ 626 / day
$ 8,765
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Make a difference in a Peruvian village; renovating houses, teaching English, or providing medical care if you are medically trained
  • Luxury lodge based hike to Machu Picchu
  • Be in awe of Machu Picchu
  • Encounter floating villages on Lake Titicaca
  • View condor soaring majestically in Colca Canyon
  • Marvel at the colonial wonders of Cusco and Arequipa
  • Puzzle at the Nazca Lines from above
  • Take a cooking class in Lima
  • Explore the Amazon jungle in a luxury lodge
Visits:
Amazon Rainforest, Arequipa, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Peru
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Essence of Peru

15 days
$ 248 / day
$ 3,725
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Lima, Arequipa & Cuzco City Tours
  • Paracas Bay Beach Resort
  • Ballesta Islands Cruise
  • Nazca Lines Overflight
  • Colca Canyon & Condor Mirador
  • Lake Titicaca & Floating Islands
  • Tour of Machu Picchu
Visits:
Arequipa, Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Nazca, Puno, Sacred Valley, San Francisco, Peru
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Travel of the Incas

10 days
$ 272 / day
$ 2,720
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Lima City Tour
  • Cuzco City Tour
  • Sacred Valley Tour and Train Ride
  • Machu Picchu Tour
  • Lake Titicaca Cruise
  • La Paz City Tou
Visits:
Copacabana, Cusco, La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Puno, Sacred Valley, Bolivia, Peru
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Grand South America

Indus Travels
Premier
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20 days
$ 227 / day
$ 4,549
From : $ 4,749
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover colorful, vibrant coastal city of Cartagena
  • Get an experiential immersion in the world of Colombian Coffee
  • Enjoy spectacular views at the top of the Monserrate Hill
  • Explore the Sacred Valley and magnificent Cusco
  • See the world-famous Inca ruins at Machu Picchu
  • Visit the unique man made Uros islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Tour the lively and historic city of Buenos Aires
  • Marvel at the majestic Iguaçu waterfall
  • Enjoy Rio de Janeiro’s beautiful beaches and colourful night life
Visits:
Bogota, Buenos Aires, Cartagena, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Machu Picchu, Puno, Sacred Valley, Argentina, Colombia, Peru
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The Andes, Iguazu & Rio

50 days
$ 80 / day
$ 3,980
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
Highlights
  • Day trip on the surreal Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats
  • 2 day dirt road crossing of the desolate and surreal Altiplano
  • Star gaze in the Moon Valley at San Pedro de Atacama
  • Ride beautiful horses in an unspoilt location across remote Cordillera
  • Boat trips, forest hikes and helicopter rides over Iguazu Falls
  • 3 nights to enjoy the crystal clear waters and caves around Bonito
  • Explore the beautiful UNESCO town of Paraty
  • Discover the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro
Visits:
Aguas Calientes, Atacama Desert, Buenos Aires, Copacabana, Cusco, Iguazu Falls, Inca Trail, La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Pantanal, Paraty, Puno, Rio de Janeiro, Sacred Valley, Uyuni, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru
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Ultimate Pan American Overland
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Ultimate Pan American Overland

211 days
$ 81 / day
$ 17,190
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Trek the famous W-Walk in Torres Del Paine National Park
  • Watch Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park
  • Explore scenic Banff National Park and Lake Louise
  • 3 night stay in a community run eco lodge to explore the Amazon Jungle
  • Hike and explore the forest and hills of Jasper National Park
  • Try your luck in glitzy Las Vegas
  • Overnight and explore Lake Nicaragua's volcanic island of Ometepe
  • Visit Antelope Canyon near Page
  • Visit Kenai Fjords National Park and see the massive Exit Glacier
  • Boat trip and night out in the wilds of the Alaskan Wilderness
Visits:
Alaska, Amazon Rainforest, Anchorage, Antigua, Arches National Park, Arenal Volcano, Arequipa, Atacama Desert, Banff National Park, Bariloche, Boquete, Bryce Canyon National Park, Calgary, Canadian Rockies, Canyonlands National Park, Cape Town, Cartagena, Caye Caulker, Chichen Itza, Chichicastenango, Copacabana, Copan, Córdoba, Cuenca, Denali, Denali National Park, El Calafate, Glacier National Park, Granada, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Inca Trail, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, La Paz, Lake Atitlan, Lake Nicaragua, Lake Titicaca, Las Vegas, Leon, Lima, Livingstone, Los Glaciares National Park, Machu Picchu, Manuel Antonio National Park, Mayan ruins of Copan, Medellin , Mendoza, Moab, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Monument Valley, Nazca, Ollantaytambo, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, United States
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Machu Picchu, Altiplano & the Gauchos

32 days
$ 82 / day
$ 2,630
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
Highlights
  • Trek the Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu Or, take the Wild Andes Trek for a truly unique perspective, Or even the train package with no trekking
  • Day trip on the surreal Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Star gaze in the Moon Valley at San Pedro de Atacama
  • Ride beautiful horses in an unspoilt location across remote Cordillera
Visits:
Aguas Calientes, Andes Mountains, Atacama Desert, Buenos Aires, Copacabana, Cusco, Inca Trail, La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Puno, Sacred Valley, Uyuni, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru
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The Americas Overland

206 days
$ 81 / day
$ 16,770
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
Highlights
  • Watch Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park
  • Visit the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon
  • Visit Antelope Canyon near Page
  • Trek up Santa Ana volcano in Cerro Verde National Park
  • Explore scenic Banff National Park and Lake Louise
  • Hike and explore the forest and hills of Jasper National Park
  • Wander around the parks and museums in Anchorage
  • Visit Kenai Fjords National Park and see the massive Exit Glacier
  • Explore and hike in Denali National Park
  • Boat trip and night out in the wilds of the Alaskan Wilderness
Visits:
Amazon Rainforest, Antigua, Arches National Park, Arequipa, Banff National Park, Boquete, Bryce National Park, Buenos Aires, Calgary, Campo Grande, Canadian Rockies, Canyonlands National Park, Cape Verde, Caribbean, Cartagena, Caye Caulker, Chichen Itza, Chichicastenango, Copacabana, Copan, Cuenca, Cusco, Denali, Denali National Park, Glacier National Park, Granada, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Iguazu Falls, Inca Trail, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, La Paz, Lake Atitlan, Lake Louise, Lake Titicaca, Las Vegas, Leon, Lima, Livingstone, Machu Picchu, Manuel Antonio National Park, Mayan ruins of Copan, Medellin , Moab, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Monument Valley, Nazca, Ollantaytambo, Ometepe, Otavalo, Palenque, Pantanal, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, United States, Uruguay
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Land of the Incas Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 351 / day
$ 4,216
From : $ 5,186
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • City tour in Lima, Cusco
  • Cruise around Lake Titicaca, the Ballestas Islands
  • Scenic drive through the Sacred Valley
  • See the other-wordly Nazca Lines from the air
  • Iconic train journey aboard the Vistadome train
  • Visit the outdoor market at Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, the Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca
Visits:
Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Machu Picchu, Nazca, Puno, Sacred Valley, Peru
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Top Lake Titicaca Experiences

Visiting the incredible floating islands, home of the Uros tribe

Staying overnight with a local family

Browsing through stalls selling homemade crafts and food

Enjoying a festival on the streets of Punto

Learning the local folklore and the Inca beliefs about Lake Titicaca

Taking a boat trip around the lake


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Lake Titicaca Trip Reviews

688 Lake Titicaca Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 523
Great 146
Average 16
Disappointing 3
Terrible 0
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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It was amazing!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We are just returning from our 15 days trip to Peru. It was amazing ! Peru is such a beautiful country. People there are very friendly. A special thanks to Peru for Less team for helping us creating a memorable itineraries. We are visiting Lima, Cuzco, Puno and Puerto Maldonado to name a few. Silvana Zavala & Matthew Hay are our travel advisors. They have done a great job from the beginning to end.Thank you to both of you. I have already recommended your company to some of our friends who are interested to visit Peru after seeing our pictures. Tour guides are very knowledgeable, accommodations are excellent. All hotels we stayed are very clean & comfortable.

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Operator Peru For Less

What an AMAZING 6 week trip of 6 countries!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0

My first ever trip in smaller numbers - loved it, yes, loved it so much as we could do things that larger groups can not do. Ecuador, Peru including the Amazon region, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil were awash with fantastic experiences with the stunning and majestic sights, the people and their culture, the food, animal and bird life and of course, what I accomplished by surprising myself at the Incan ruins. Our guides, Alejandro in Ecuador, Sally in Peru and Sabina in Chile, Argentina and Brazil were just the best Ambassadors for Peregrine as they showed such passion for their country and genuine care for each of our small number to return home with amazing memories to abide in our hearts forever. Muchas Gracias to each of you as you have touched my life with a very special imprint. I highly recommend this full trip for the entire 6 weeks just in case you have not noticed.

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Operator Peregrine Adventures

Great experience with this company

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0

I recently booked the best of Peru with Indus and had a fabulous time! It was our first time in South America so I was unsure but our Indus consultant told us great things about Peru and oh! was she right! Me and my friend both loved Miraflores in Lima- it felt very safe to walk around the city. But my favorite part of the trip was Sacred Valley where we got to stay in a very peaceful hotel with a stunning view of the mountains- simply incredible! Although at first I though the itinerary will be hectic, the tour was actually very pleasant with some time to visit on your own or relax- needed with the bit of jetlag! I came back very happy with both Indus service and the tour and I would recommend you 100% to book your tour with Indus- I am looking already at my next holiday with them. I have not taken Peru, Argentina and Brazil but if it is half as good as our Peruvian tour then you are bound to have a great trip!

Cathy

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Operator Indus Travels

In the Footsteps of the Incas

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Itinerary is good. Visited all valuable places.

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Operator Trafalgar

extremely efficient and provided an amazing itinerary

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I researched many different travel opportunities that would incorporate family, community service and high end travel and they simply did not exist until I found Hands up Holidays. Chris, was extremely efficient and provided an amazing itinerary that my 14-year old daughter and myself enjoyed thoroughly. We visited Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Over a three week span, all the logistics, accommodations, travel and private guides were executed with precision but the most satisfying aspect of the trip was the interesting, heart warming and fulfilling important community service that Chris organized for us. In addition, Chris had many extra wonderful surprises included! Chris checked in with us daily and confirmed our guides were to our satisfaction. I highly recommend using Chris for all kinds of travel.

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Operator Hands Up Holidays

Enchanted Peru

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We just returned from our Tour in Peru, unfortunately it was riddled with strikes by the Transportation Department. HOWEVER!!! we must say that Smartours went beyond what was normal. We were treated like Royalty, additional nights at the hotel, flight upgrades. We were able to see everything we came for. Some other Tour Groups we shared our hotel with were not that lucky and they ended up stranded. Also I like to say that our Tour Guide in Peru (Enrique) was funny, very knowledgeable and just overall a super nice person, we never felt like that we were a burden or "just a job". Too bad he wasn't able to come to Lima, we really missed him there. Overall our group was amazing and fun, we had a wonderful time. This was one of our many trips with Smartours and I am looking to see where we will go next. Thank you for all your effort. I will email some pictures ;-)

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Lake Titicaca Tours and Travel Guide

Lake Titicaca Attractions & Landmarks Guide

South America’s largest lake and the world’s highest navigable body of water, Lake Titicaca is located in the Andes Mountains and occupies parts of two countries: Peru and Bolivia. The lake is rich in both ancient mythology – it’s the reputed birthplace of the Incas and the sun – and present-day attractions, including a group of inhabited artificial floating islands. It’s also a photographer’s dream, with the Andes reflected in its famously deep blue, placid waters.

The reputation that Lake Titicaca had for the ancient Inca is enough to make you catch your breath as you glide across the water’s surface. This was where the god Viracocha emerged and created the sun, the people, and the stars. This place. With it’s floating reeds, mysterious aura, surrounding mountains, and peaceful other-wordly sense. Sounds of birds, lapping waves against the shore. This was where the Inca were born, according to their own legend. Visit to experience ancient traditions still alive and well, absorb the folklore and the spirit of the native people.

It is maybe ironic then, that some of the native people who live on Lake Titicaca, live in their unique floating homes because centuries ago they needed a respite from the expansion of the Inca Empire. 

Though Peru is known heavily for Machu Picchu, and the Incan Empire, what is not commonly considered is the cultures and peoples descended from the groups that the conquering Inca overtook.

Lake Titicaca is one place where this history will come to light when you meet with members of the Uros tribe, who today still live as they did many centuries ago, when the Inca’s expanded their empire. Although the Uros do have some modern conveniences around, such as motorboats, this is still an experience where the outside world falls away.

The Highest Lake in the World

Lake Titicaca is over 3800 meters above sea level, and the largest freshwater lake in South America. It’s also one of the few places in the world where you can go and feel truly close to ancient life as it has existed for thousands of years.

Lake Titicaca is 118 miles long and 50 miles across at its widest point. Most of the lake is on the Peru side, but it does cross the border into Belize. Approximately 350 miles deep, it's waters hide many mysteries and it's the perfect getaway from Cusco for travelers interested in ancient history and seeking a different Peru beyond Machu Picchu.

Staying at Lake Titicaca

The coldest months at Lake Titicaca are June, July, and August. It’s not recommended to visit during this time, but all other times of year the weather is usually agreeable. One of the most unique experiences you can have while visiting Peru is a homestay on Lake Titicaca. Here you’ll meet a local family, learn to cook meals, and spend a day in the life. This experience is available through guided tour companies who visit Lake Titicaca only. The companies will have special arrangements with the families.

From Puno, most tours follow a similar route. You’ll visit the Uros on the floating islands and spend an afternoon learning about their fascinating history. From there you’ll head on to Amantani Island to meet the local family you’ll stay overnight with. These families are required to have a room set aside specifically for guests traveling with a tour, and amenities are expected to reach a certain code.

Enjoy a special warm meal, and watch a traditional dance show. Most guests bring a special gift of cooking items or school supplies for the local classroom, as a show of appreciation.

You can also stay in one of the many eco lodges on the islands, including the five star option on Sausi, Lake Titicaca’s only privately owned island. These lodges are fully self sustaining, and the perfect choice for travelers concerned about their carbon footprint and wanting an immersive vacation into nature. Drift into another time when you take a tour to Lake Titicaca.

Some may choose to stay in Puno, the main city on Lake Titicaca’s shores. Puno is known as the Folkloric Capital of Peru, and is a charming town that lives up to this name. Slightly quirky and offbeat, with winding streets, unusual buildings, and gritty, Puno is a clash of old and new, fast paced while also reflecting many centuries of life. Learn about ancient customs, enjoy local food and drink, and enjoy the native people’s fascinating balance of one foot in tradition, one foot in modern outlook.

The Floating Islands on Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is known for several inhabited man-made floating islands (Islas Flotantes). The “Uros” tribe has been living on these islands for many centuries, since the time of conquest by the Inca Empire. In fact they originally adapted to this way of life as a result of Inca expansion. And they’ve lived this way ever since. Today they practice the same traditions as their ancient ancestors.

The islands last an average of 20 to 25 years, and once they start to sink, more reeds are added on top. The importance of this resource, the totora reed, cannot be understated. The Uros use it for nearly every facet of their livelihood. The reeds are used to make their boats, furniture, and of course their home.

Guests are greeted with dancing and singing by local villagers in traditional dress welcoming boats coming to dock. The islands which accommodate visitors rotate regularly. When you land, you’ll immediately notice the soft, spongy feeling underfoot as you explore this man-made phenomenon. There is no real solid ground - simply floating reeds strategically placed to create this unique home.

Staying, even for a short time, on a floating island is one of the most incredible experiences, as the outside world falls away. You’ll see demonstrations of how the totora are used, and how local crafts are made. Meet the families living on the island and enjoy a traditional meal - usually consisting of quinoa, fish, and vegetables. Take in a presentation of local dances and music before heading on your way to see more of Lake Titicaca.

You can also take a ride around the lake in one of the reed boats, made entirely out of the totora reeds, steered by a local guide who can provide more insight into life on Lake Titicaca. These boats are expertly crafted, but by nature of their materials, fall apart in two to three weeks! They take a full day for a team of workers to make - testament to the native way of life on the lake and their dependance on the reeds that provide their homes and livelihoods.

There is some criticism of Lake Titicaca’s floating islands for being too over-commercialized. One of the two main sources of income for the people living here is through selling souvenirs, and they see a constant flow of tourists.

Yet despite the overabundance of shops and merchandise available, in our opinion, Lake Titicaca is an example of that (often rare) travel phenomenon where you are simply are ok to look past the commercialization because it is just that fascinating to visit for an afternoon and learn about their history. Sometimes the tourist is the traveler, and Lake Titicaca is the intersection.

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