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DAY 1 : PUNO
Reception at the train or bus station and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at selected hotel .
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DAY 2 : UROS – TAQUILE – CHARCAS – CHUQUITO (Private Service)
Breakfast. At 6:00am, you will be picked up from your hotel, after 30 minutes of motorboat you will arrive at the Uros Island. 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 and we will take a walk of 60 minutes from Chuño port. Typical lunch. 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 (altitude 13,000 ft above sea level) we must descend to arrive to Chilcano main port . After an hour of motorboat, we arrive at Aymara Peninsula of Charcas. Arrival to the wharf of the Titilaca community, we will appreciate the rocky formation and the typical cloths of the residents, specially of the women and children. We will go up to the viewpoint to appreciate the beautiful landscape with a panoramic view of the lake. Return through Acora, Plateria and Chucuito populations.
Chucuito is known as the Real Boxes City, because this city formed part of the Virreynato, here we will appreciate the Uyo Inca’s archaeological center or fertility temple, the rustic style of Santo Domingo Church, the mixed racially style of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion Church and the solar clock, made of Huamanga stone in 1832, located on the Main Square. Return to Puno.
Overnight. (B, L).
DAY 3 : SUN ISLAND FULL DAY
You will be picked up from your hotel at 6:30 am. Land transfer to Copacabana Sanctuary. You will arrive into Copacabana after about 3 hours. Copacabana 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 eternal 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 and overnight. (B,L).
DAY 4 : SILLUSTANI – LIMA
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima (airfare NOT included).
On The route visit at the Sillustani Chullpas (pre-Colombian funeral towers). Our excursion to the Towes or Chullpas Sillustani funeral starts after drive on paved highway about 45 minutes, Sillustani arrival, our local guide will lead us to the top of this old cemetery and there we show most important towers and also give a presentation on the history and mystery surrounding this wonderful place. Here visitors can see beautiful scenery in the vicinity where Umayo highlights the beautiful lake, which can be seen in all its splendor from the southern part of the archaeological complex. After the funeral towers fully explored, we will take the way to the airport, making a brief stop at a traditional house in the area, where we will appreciate guinea pig farms, fields and other features and learn about society and lifestyle of people living in this part of the Andes located almost 4000 meters above sea level. (B)
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All hotel and lodge accommodations based on double or single occupancy. All scheduled transportation. All transfers. All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services. All entrance fees. Meals as specified in the itinerary. B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner.
For a better service, the company informs you that it has autonomy to change the Hotels mentioned in the itinerary with another one of similar category if therefore sees it by advisable taking into account justifiable availability of spaces or other reasons, if this it is the case you will be notified ahead of time.
International and domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of international flights and items of personal nature.