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Ideal Titicaca Lake of the Incas 4 days / 3 nights
Duration: 4 Days & 3 Nights
Departures: Daily departures
Activities: Puno, excursion to Uros and Taquile islands, Sun Island, Sillustani.
Day 1 : PUNO
Reception at the train or bus station and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Qelqatani Hotel or similar .
* If transfer is required from the airport please ask for price.
Day 2 : UROS AND TAQUILE ISLANDS
Breakfast. You will be picked up from your hotel at 7:30 am, after a 2 hour motorboat ride, you will arrive at the Uros island in the Titikaka lake.
Fishermen and hunters inhabit the floating islands of the Uros. The residents of the Uros use the cattail, a type of rush, which grows in the lake, to create the conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat. The dense roots that the plants develop support the island. The roofs are waterproof and the houses are extremely humid because of the surrounding water.
At present, they speak Quechua and Aymara. Then we will visit the Taquile Island, where we will have lunch in the cooperative restaurant. There is also a cooperative shop on the plaza that sells exceptional wool goods, which are of very fine quality and somewhat expensive. Taquile Island is famous for its craft production, particularly for its beautiful textiles.
The island is narrow at about 1 Km. wide and 6 to 7 Km. long. The visit could be exhausting because of the 533 steps on the stone stairway to climb to get to the village and because of the altitude (13,000 ft above sea level). On Taquile there are numerous pre-Inca and Inca ruins as well as Inca terracing. We will return in Puno in the afternoon. Overnight. (B,L)
Day 3 : SUN ISLAND FULL DAY
You will picked up from your hotel at 6:30 am. Land transfer to Copacabana Sanctuary. You will arrive into Copacabana after about 3 hours. Copacana is the most important religious sanctuary of Bolivia, thousands of pilgrims visit every year the virgin of Copacabana also known as Native Madonna, you will visit the main square and the impressive Cathedral (1/2 hour tour). You will arrive into the Sun Island after about 1 hour of a spectacular catamaran cruise including lunch on board, this island has been identified as the birthplace of several revered entities, including the sun itself. A source of magnetic energy, the vertex of the earth and the cradle of the Inca Empire, the Inca couple Manco Kapac and Mama Ocllo appeared here and founded the Sun Empire.
During a 2 hours Sun Island Tour you will visit:
The Inca garden, the island micro climate provides the ideal location for this garden that during Inca times was full of Andean flowers, water and trees.
The Inca Stairs that was built by the Incas in order to reach the Inca Water spring -The Inca water spring, a natural water spring with 3 different openings of different tastes, this Inca made water fountain is supposed to be a source of ethernal youth.
The Sun Island Inti Wata Complex, that contains the largest amount of archaeological items founded in the island and the largest demo variety of Andean flora and fauna available in Bolivia.
The Sun Island Kallawaya Ancient Ceremony, witchcrafts, natural medicine, art, magic, and millenary traditions are part of the mystic world of the Kallawayas heritage. The purpose of this mystic ceremony is to purify the souls of the Chinkana holy temple visitors, this Ceremony takes place in an Inca altar at the top of the hill facing the temple and overlooking the lake.
You will then proceed back to Copacabana and then to Puno, we will return in Puno at 5:30 pm . Overnight at Hotel. (B,L)
Day 4 : SILLUSTANI - LIMA
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport that is locaed in juliaca) to take the flight to Lima (airfare NOT included).
On The route visit at the Sillustani Chullpas (pre-Colombian funeral towers). The scenery is desert but impressive, in a beautiful setting on a peninsula on Ayumara lake about 32 Km. from Puno. Most of the towers date from the period of Inca occupation in the 15th century; the engineering involved in their construction is more complex than anything the Incas built. (B)
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