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The deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca guard remote islands where life moves at a slower pace and centuries-old Andean traditions are preserved. From the lakeside city of Puno, Peru’s folklore capital, you can board a speed boat and cruise to the nearby floating reed islands of Uros or further out to the islands of Taquile or Amantani.
Interacting with island residents is a rich cultural experience that you can enjoy on a full day excursion or overnight homestay. If you’re fortunate to witness one of the lively annual festivals in Puno, observe how the elaborate dance and music performances blend Andean and Catholic beliefs.
Peak travel season is during the months of June, July, and August. These months coincide with the region’s dry season.
Shoulder season months fall between the wet season and peak dry season; April to May and September to November. The weather during these months is pleasant and there are fewer tourists. April and May (after the tail end of the rainy season) is a particularly beautiful time to visit Puno because the surrounding landscapes are green and flowers are in bloom.
The nearest airport is located in the nearby city of Juliaca, about 28 mi (45 km) and a 1-hour ride away from Puno. Daily flights from Puno depart to Lima and Cusco.
Lake Titicaca is a high altitude location; higher than Cusco actually by about 1,300 ft (460 m). Altitude sickness is caused by a rapid change in elevation without the necessary time for acclimatization. Mild symptoms are common and include lingering headache, nausea, and loss of appetite. Every person responds differently to the change in altitude and unfortunately there is no way to prevent it or predict how seriously it may affect you. Talk to your travel doctor about preventive medication.
Clothing | Jacket, hat, and gloves are essential cold weather attire.
Sun protection | Wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and strong sunblock.
Upgrade your transfer in/out of Puno aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer for a scenic and luxurious ride across the altiplano. Enjoy gourmet dining, onboard entertainment, and endless breathtaking views.
Departures are limited. Please speak with your travel advisor to determine which train itinerary works best with your desired travel dates.
VIP Bus & Tour | Take a comfortable first class bus from Cusco to Puno. The 8 to 9 hour journey makes a few stops for guided visits to important pre-Columbian and colonial sites, including Raqchi “Temple of Wiracocha” and Andahuaylillas “Sistine Chapel of America.”
Bus Terminal | A little more than 1 mi (2 km) southeast of the Plaza de Armas is the Terminal Terrestre, which houses Puno’s long-distance bus companies. Paved roads connect Puno to other main cities; Cusco (6-7 hours) and Arequipa (5-6 hours).
Since Lake Titicaca rests between Peru and Bolivia, crossing the border between the two countries is relatively simple. Years ago it was possible to cross into Bolivia on one of the iron steam ships such as the SS Inka or SS Ollanta, but due to increased border regulations, travelers must pass through Yunguyo, which is about 2.5 hours by car from Puno. From there, travelers can obtain a visa to enter the country, pay the Bolivian reciprocity fee, and continue on to Copacabana and La Paz.
Travel is full of variables and there is always a risk, however small, that something might go wrong before or during your trip. Something as minor as a flight delay can have a significant financial impact, as can illness, bad weather or baggage delay.
Ask your travel advisor about including travel insurance in your customized travel package.